Luke Hampshire

Keeping a distance from crowded terminals

Travel is well and truely back post-pandemic as we witness the airlines struggle to keep up with demand.

As the world gets back to normal, some discerning travellers still seek and appreciate space, hygiene and social distancing.

The average commercial flight can bring you into contact with 700 touch points.

This was one of the reasons why private aviation boomed during the pandemic. Private jet users are keep away from the terminals and crowded cabins.

The ability to keep clear of crowded airports and cabins was another reason that drew Ola, a fast-paced business owner in the cosmetic space, to Access by Airly.

Reduced touch points, flexibility and the shear convenience played their part in keeping Ola healthy and at her best.

Seamless and stress free travel, whether you’re on the clock or clocking off

Airline On Time Performance (OTP) for July was atrocious, which should be concerning for any business or leisure traveller.

The role of an airline when accepting your payment is to safely move you from A to B, at the date and time with which you book. But, Australian travellers can and should expect more than this common excuse.

We’re extremely lucky in Australia that our national airline safety record is among the best in the world.

But, in terms of arriving on the date and time as scheduled, the airlines are grossly failing (55% of the time airlines were on time), and that is if they get you there at all (6.4% average cancellation rate).

This doesn’t even consider the unfortunate experience some travellers encountered in queuing for hours outside the terminal, curbside; or being told they weren’t ‘match fit’ for travel.

This ongoing decline of the airlines was what led Ola, a fast-paced and energetic business leader in the cosmetics industry, to seek an alternative.

Despite Ola’s high Frequent Flyer status and ability to use her business-trip accumulated points for regular holidays with her young family, Ola needed certainty as her quality of travel and subsequently life and job were being affected.

The unreliability was impacting her business trips, at best adding delays, and often resulting in cancelled client or supplier meetings. Even her holidays this year were impacted – compounded by the fact Ola was flying with her two young children.

Ola came across Airly and our Access program on social media, which immediately appealed.

A single product that allowed her to travel for business and leisure.

A profound increase to reliability, convenience, and flexibility when travelling on business, and the most enjoyable experience when flying with her family. And, of course, peace of mind that Ola and her family are flying in a proven aircraft, underpinned by a strong safety system.

Are there any additional fees when flying private with your pet?

No, of course not, we’re not an airline!

You are welcome to bring your pet(s) along with you when flying private under the Access by Airly program at no extra charge.

This is of course on the provision your pets fit safely into the Cessna Citation Mustang cabin!

Some tips to make travelling with your pet stress-free

  1. Make sure you bring an IATA-approved travel carrier with you. Although we’ll allow most pets out of the cage once onboard they are still required to be contained before boarding and upon landing. No one wants to be chasing an escapee on the tarmac.
  2. Bring along a blanket or bed that has a familiar scent. This will help reduce the natural anxiety experienced by most pets in unfamiliar environments.
  3. Make sure your pet is hydrated and has had plenty of opportunity to expel some energy and empty their bladder so there’s no mishaps at 35,000ft.

Aside from that, enjoy how simple it is travelling with your furry family members.

Airly partners with GlobeAir to expand international operations, creating a luxury ecosystem aimed at the affluent traveller

Hörsching (Linz), Austria and Melbourne, Australia, 28 July 2022 – GlobeAir AG and Airly have entered into a long-term strategic business partnership.

Austrian operator GlobeAir, the leading and award-winning private jet charter company in Europe, is proud to announce a new alliance with Australia’s most trusted private aviation company, Airly. GlobeAir will increase its presence in Australia by partnering with Airly, and both operators will transform their offerings to provide world-class service within Europe and Australia.

The new GlobeAir and Airly alliance will collaborate its commitment to maximising efficiency and putting more travellers back in control of their schedule, bringing together both organisations’ collective knowledge and experience to always keep the focus on the client.

‘’Through this new alliance, we will be able to offer enhanced travel services, international expansion efforts supported, and operational efficiency increased, resulting in win-win cooperation that will benefit our organisations and our customers.’’ Luke Hampshire, Airly CEO

Both organisations already have a growing clientele within Austria and Australia. The partnership will leverage both companies’ strengths to offer a better experience, especially with the upcoming European Winter and Australian Summer. Through this partnership, customers will receive discounted rates already agreed upon by both companies.

This new partnership will allow GlobeAir and Airly to expand their network and access over 1,600 airports in Europe and Australia. In addition, it will increase their exposure to the global aviation market.

‘’Globally, consumers are demanding more choice and convenience. In order to meet those demands, GlobeAir and Airly are able to collaborate to offer customers a better experience and higher flexibility within our respective regions.’’ Jonathan Berdoz, VP Sales & Marketing.

With a focus on digital transformation, GlobeAir and Airly lead within the Private Business Aviation sector and will maximise their existing infrastructure with passengers able to book flights within minutes using WhatsApp. This fantastic service provides quick and accessible services for travellers who want a quote or need help booking flights on the go.

With the popularity of WhatsApp as part of daily life, this service helps make travelling more efficient for passengers from the comfort of their cellphone, transforming travellers’ journeys from A to B, one flight at a time.

Customers can still expect to receive tailored travel solutions from the dedicated concierge service. Both organisations pride themselves on tailormade bespoke unforgettable travel experiences after every landing.

About GlobeAir
With more than 50% of the market share, GlobeAir is Europe’s leader in the entry-level private jet sector, including a premium experience. With 160 employees (80 pilots), the company generates about 96 per cent of its revenues abroad. GlobeAir is available 24/7 all over Europe with 21 private jets connecting European cities like London, Geneva, Zurich, Paris, Nice, and Milan with small airfields that are difficult to reach such as St. Moritz or Lugano and 950 more. The company has achieved its success through dedication and by offering bespoke service before, during and after the flight. Charter rates start from € 4,400, and empty legs from € 990.

*Prices per Cessna Citation Mustang Jet

About Airly
Airly is an Australian-based private aviation provider that was founded in December of 2015 launching charter and empty leg services.  Airly’s vision is to make flying private simple to understand, accessible to more, and at a palatable price point.  This vision was realised in June of 2021 with the launch of ACCESS by Airly.  The first program of its kind in Australia where card holders could pay a fixed, occupied hourly rate on the Cessna Citation Mustang along the East Coast of Australia covering destinations including Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast and Hamilton Island on the Great Barrier Reef.

Press Contacts
GlobeAir AG
Monika Zvonic
Marketing Manager
Phone: +43 (664) 8489906

Fly Airly Pty Ltd
Alexander Robinson
COO & Director
Phone: +61 (0) 422 446 701

How likely will your Melbourne – Sydney flight arrive on time?

We’ve been patiently waiting for the airline’s on time performance results from June.

Recently, there’s been substantial coverage on airline cancellations, delays and security queues going as far as the eye can see.

Our patience has been rewarded.

Less than half a chance of arriving on time from Sydney to Melbourne

Saying less than half is probably too nice.

If you flew commercial from Sydney to Melbourne you had a 42.5% chance of arriving on time.

A total of 15.3% of flights were cancelled too.

By all reports, July is looking no better as the airlines continue to fight their low cost staffing solutions, flu/covid and a lack of ‘match fit’ travellers (their words, not ours).

Remember George? In June he arrived to his destination right on time, every time.

This article is a bit of a throwback.

Remember George? He was the first card holder we introduced you to several months ago.

A multi business owner and super busy father of two, George was continually left stranded by the airlines.

This resulted in him being stuck at airports instead of being home to enjoy dinner with his young family.

He found our Access by Airly program back in June last year. We’re sure he’s watching the chaos ensuing in the domestic terminals not missing it one bit.

Airlines believe your pet and luggage are one and the same

In December the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), Australia’s aviation regulator, passed legislation allowing for the transport of pets in the cabin of commercial aircraft.

As a note, assistance dogs have always been allowed on board.

A moved welcomed by pet owners alike, but realistically, none of Australia’s airlines have moved to change their policies.

Qantas and Jetstar turned a blind eye to the change, giving it no further thought.

Virgin and Rex said they’ll explore the option. Subtly flagging new revenue opportunities. Virgin even ran a poll on Facebook resulting in 68% of respondents voting in favour of allowing pets onboard.

Although we’re your pet’s biggest fans, we’re not quite sure what it would be like flying in a cabin full of anxious cats and dogs.

The good news is, your beloved furry family member is welcome on all Access by Airly flights.

Pet on Private Jet

There’s no additional fees to pay, just allow another 5-10mins for your pilot and ground staff to admire them.

It was our pet-friendly policy that resulted in Ally and Joey signing up to the program, ensuring little Ollie could travel with them stress-free.

Pet with couple on private jet
Pet on private jet

You wouldn’t throw your children in the cargo hold, would you?

Well, maybe you would.

Travelling with children is stressful, but travelling with your beloved furry friends can be even more of an ordeal.

The only place your pet can travel is in the cargo hold.

An environment that’s cold, loud and extremely frightening.

Let’s not forget the extra time required to drop your pet off to the carrier, and the stress of hoping they put your beloved dog or cat onto the correct aircraft.

After all, the airlines have been giving luggage plenty of frequent flyer miles.

Did you know, you can bring your fur baby into the cabin with you on a private jet?

Pet private jet

Just like Ali, Joey and Ollie here, a growing number of travellers are opting to fly on private jets enabling a smooth and stress-free journey.

And thanks to our Access by Airly program, they fly Ollie all over the east coast in a far more cost effective way.

Simply enjoy the pics, we’ll go into detail on another post.

A level of convenience the airlines cannot provide

We’re the first to admit, we do go hard on the airlines.

They do a great job, and we’re so lucky in Australia to have one of the safest regulatory conditions in the world which results in far fewer incidents compared elsewhere.

But our job is to show those who need to fly from A to B, whether that be Melbourne to Sydney, or Moree to Swan Hill, that there is a better way.

You see, the airlines have a task to run their jets to a schedule, where you’re no more important than the other 150+ passengers flying with you.

And they can’t fly everywhere, all the time.

This is why private aviation is such a fast-growing market in Australia. Granted, it has taken a pandemic and associated severe travel disruption to show individuals who are in a financial position that there are economical ways to experience the benefits of chartering a private jet.

Thankfully, though, we’re often provided with free marketing by the actions of airlines.

Stranded passengers, lost luggage, long queues in security, non-responsive customer service, and business travellers sitting on the floor in overcrowded lounges are voiced frequently via social media.

How the airlines ruined Will’s day

For our Access cardholder, Will, a third-generation farmer, trying to get from A to B was a horrid experience.

Two commercial flights from major airports plus a further 3 hours to his final destination by road, was a task that Will never looked forward to.

It only took one of the flights to be delayed or cancelled, and his whole day was ruined, with limited options to reschedule on the day.

A travel solution that’s all about you

Now, having the ability to book a jet to suit his schedule, along a more direct route has completely changed the way that Will does business.  Will can depart from his urban airport, saving time by travelling directly to where he needs to be.

A quick trip to inspect a new facility or investment can be achieved with a level of convenience never experienced before.

The added bonus that his dedicated travel specialist knows what paper he likes to read and the food he likes to eat onboard makes Will’s entire travel experience a joy, and something he actually looks forward to.  

For Will, the journey is now as important as the destination.

Will doesn’t pay positioning fees. How does that compare to charter?

Ever wondered how brokers and operators set their price when you book a private jet?

In most cases they determine the total flight time from the jet’s home base, to your location, to your destination and finally back to the jet’s home base.

Simple enough?

But for our card holder, Will, being located away from the major cities meant he was paying significantly more to have a jet position empty to pick him up.

Will would pay for 5 hours of flying for his 2 hour flight. He only tried charter once before deciding the cost couldn’t be justified.

Enter: Access by Airly.

An Australian-first, Will is only billed for the time he is on the Cessna Citation Mustang, our program aircraft. He doesn’t pay empty positioning fees.

Airly achieves this via a network approach with over 30 card holders requesting flights in all directions. The operations team can then allocate a jet to pickup multiple card holder flights.

The efficient network means there’s less ‘waste’ (empty flying) and provides a very compelling price structure for its card holders.

So how does the program stack up versus charter?

Not only do we transform your A to B, we make it cost effective.

Card holders who felt they’d fly private once or twice a year are now flying every month.

Several never thought they’d fly private, and now they experience it multiple times a year.

Trusting the Mustang with those hard to reach airports

Size does matter, and it’s not why you think.

The Cessna Citation Mustang, the program aircraft for our Access by Airly program has impressive short field performance.

Requiring under 1,000 metres of sealed runway to safely take off and land opens a new world to our card holders.

At the time of writing, the program coverage area provides safe access to 130+ airports in South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Australia Capital Territory, New South Wales and Queensland.

It was this facet of the program that was so important to our card holder Will.

He is able to take off from an airport much closer to home, and land at an airport far closer to his final destination.

Not only does this save Will time, it is far more convenient removing the fatigue of multi leg trips he previously experienced.

So whether you’re flying Tumut to Taree, or Echuca to Emerald, the Mustang will get you there.