TRAVELING BY PRIVATE JET was once a luxury only afforded to royals, presidents and, sure, the occasional musician or two. Today, private jet travel reaches new heights, and thankfully the journey is not as much about luxury as it is about expressing a travel preference. Flying privately becomes more accessible by the minute, with new operators offering options like renting the plane by the hour (a deal that can sometimes rival the cost of a first-class seat on a commercial flight) and even private tours.
Private jet tours allow passengers to maintain flexible schedules while traveling around the world with the ultimate in comfort and conveniences. Heidi Lakani started offering private jet tours in 2003 when she opened her company, Lakani World Tours. The company operates custom and pre-designed journeys in more than 85 countries around the world, with private jet tours including Europe & Ancient Cities by VIP Private Jet ($94,850 per person), African Explorations by Private Jet ($94,500 per person) and the ultimate 2019 World Tour by Private Jet ($134,900 per person for 17 all-inclusive days). Many of the trips max out at 15–18 guests, with each seat a window seat for comprehensive sightseeing opportunities throughout the tour. Guests fly directly between destinations, avoiding airport lines by utilizing private terminals that allow passengers to breeze through customs and immigration and head straight to the luxurious accommodations included in the trip.
Aside from the luxurious amenities on board, Australia-based company Captain’s Choice became known for the bespoke offerings it provides its passengers while on the ground. From meals with Michelin-starred chefs in the crowning place of kings and queens to private performances by a philharmonic orchestra, no experience is too farfetched. The company’s Ultimate African Safari by Private Jet takes passengers on a journey through Cairo, Luxor, Lalibela, Serengeti, Rwanda (to see the gorillas), Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls, Rovos Rail and Cape Town in 20 days, with all meals, accommodations, flights and excursions included. In 2020 Captain’s Choice’s Boeing 757 will feature a spacious set-up with 50 all-business-class seats featuring handmade Italian leather and capable of reclining a full 180 degrees into a lie-flat bed.
Other luxury tour operators began offering private jet tours; Abercrombie & Kent, &Beyond and Four Seasons all put together multicountry group tours for guests. For the ultimate in exclusive travel, Presidential Private Jet Vacations customizes trips exclusively for private groups of 12–30 guests, featuring world-class accommodation options (such as Burj al Arab in Dubai) and super-rare experiences.
Over the last three–four weeks, Portugal made significant strides in slowly, but surely, reopening the country for travel. As of May 18, Portugal further loosened restrictions by ending the country’s COVID-19 State of Emergency status while continuing social distancing.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
United Airlines introduces United CleanPlus, a partnership with Clorox and the Cleveland Clinic. The company is committed to putting health and safety at the forefront of the entire customer experience, and hopes to deliver an industry-leading standard of cleanliness. This partnership brings together Clorox and some of the country’s top medical experts from the Cleveland Clinic to help guide United Airlines’ new cleaning, safety and social distancing protocols.
At FXExpress Publications, Inc., we can’t wait to #ComeBacktoTravel, and we can’t wait for the travel industry and others to #ComeBacktoGT. Join us over the next several weeks as we entice you with photos from some of the places we’re most excited to visit. Take a visual journey through some of the Florida Keys’ most breathtaking sights with us, just in time for the June 1 reopening.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, small businesses create two-thirds of net new jobs and account for nearly 48 percent of the U.S. private sector workforce. And small- and medium-sized businesses outpace all other sectors as one of the fastest-growing in the United States. InterContinental® Hotels Group (IHG) goes above and beyond to create opportunities for this segment with its IHG® Business Edge program, voted Best Small- to Mid-Sized Business Program in Global Traveler’s 2019 GT Tested Reader Survey awards.
A first of its kind in the region, The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi launched a safe and clean certification program. The program seeks to uplift and standardize cleanliness and hygiene levels across all businesses and organizations in the tourism sector, including hotels, malls and other attractions. DCT Abu Dhabi will offer certifications that ensure compliance of standardized hygiene levels, and the program will roll out in phases, with the first dedicated to hotels.
Since 1970, Goway Travel has been committed to providing customized travel experiences for world travelers. Few things are better evidence of this commitment than being awarded the 2019 Trazees award for Favorite Tour Operator. Goway Travel heartily thanks the readers of Trazee Travel for this honor and for their confidence in Goway’s work in creating travel memories that’ll last a lifetime.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is celebrating the heroes. Travelers can nominate the unsung heroes in their lives for a chance to be selected for one of 25 complimentary, seven-night European river cruises for two through July 31.