Air Partner - 02 May 2018
Going down the aisle in luxury with family and friends by private group charter.
More and more couples who are looking to marry or mark special occasions in luxury are taking their planning to the extreme – flying themselves and their entire wedding party or group of family and friends by private commercial charter – according to aviation experts.
Air Partner, the leading global aviation company, say the trend towards including group charter commercial jets as part of a couple’s special day has really taken off. Over the last two years alone, these high-profile and high end-bookings have soared by around 20 per cent. They say the increase is being fuelled by high-flying couples splashing out on the ‘ultimate wedding’ and celebrating their wedding vows abroad – accompanied by family and close friends.
Celebrations are kicking off before even getting to the destination, thanks to flying from smaller more convenient local airports. Using private terminals with reserved parking and convenient check-in, wedding parties can speed through security and are able to walk directly on to their chartered aircraft. By flying together in a larger group they are also able to enjoy a much higher level of service and personalisation.
Julia Timms, Air Partner’s Chief Marketing Officer, said: “More couples than ever before are choosing to marry and celebrate major landmarks in their lives by flying with their friends and extended families."
“We have seen group bookings soar by around 20% over the past two years as couples have chosen to charter commercial jets to experience the ultimate family wedding or celebrate that special once-in-a-lifetime occasion in luxury with family and friends."
“Air Partner’s expert planners have access to scores of commercial jets around the globe and decades of extensive experience planning travel for major celebrations and luxury weddings. No group is too big and no detail is too small; Air Partner will bring the magic of flying with friends and family to every occasion and provide an unbeatable one-stop service for flights and transfers.”
Air Partner ensures that every moment leading up to a couple’s wedding and special celebration is a memorable one with no stress or hassle, even before the flight. Air Partner can help couples start their special day by preparing check-in at their home before they even leave for the airport, then enjoy exclusive lounge access at a private jet terminal with their friends and relatives before the flight.
Air Partner goes above and beyond, including personalising entire aircraft cabins to match a couple’s favourite colours, special designer uniforms for cabin crew, providing expert chefs to serve five-star à la carte dining options, pouring favourite wines and champagnes, producing special menus featuring the happy couple’s names, personalising in-flight entertainment systems with favourite films and TV shows and even specially-designing seat head rests.
Earlier this year, guests on a specially-chartered flight from London to Nice enjoyed flying in an entire sunflower-themed cabin and received gifts of local honey and sunflower seeds from the region of the wedding destination, to remind those on board of the special French wedding.
Another flight involved flying a couple’s entire extended family in a single aircraft to enjoy a magical weekend wedding in Marrakech. Air Partner arranged scheduled flights for family groups to rendezvous in one location and then all fly together to Morocco for the big wedding. On board, everyone was served the couple’s favourite Moroccan-themed dishes as part of the specially-prepared in flight menu, along with couple’s favourite vintage champagne.
A third couple, who recently celebrated their ten-year wedding anniversary, flew with 50 friends and relatives on one aircraft. Air Partner were asked to not disclose the end destination to any of the guests, so those invited could enjoy the big surprise reveal upon landing. During the flight, Air Partner’s experts had also arranged for each guest to be served with personalised cupcakes by crew wearing aprons bearing the couple’s family logo.
Air Partner’s dedicated account management team offer the expertise to offer a tailor-made stress-free luxury wedding or special celebration experience, with maximum luggage allowances, personalised cabin service, door-to-door transport and the best hotels as part of the same seamless service.