Luke Hampshire

Air Travel in a COVID world

Air Travel in a COVID World

Airly’s vision has always been to make private jet travel more accessible and affordable.

Unfortunately some things about COVID-19 are here to stay for a while, hand washing, hand sanitiser, social distancing, DYI projects, work from home and restricted travel options.

On the other hand, restrictions are easing and if the furthest you have travelled in recent days is the letterbox, no doubt some of you are itching to get going and get your business moving again.

Private Jet Leather Seat

What precautions can you take to ensure you stay safe while travelling?

  • Wearing a mask on planes
  • Temperature checks at airports
  • Social distancing on planes such as buying a second seat
  • Cleaning your seat armrests and tray tables

Travel on a private jet for the same price as business class. 

Our new membership structure makes private air travel more affordable so you can.

Upgrade to an Airly Membership in-app now with no ongoing fees.

Phenom 300 private jet

A flexible private jet membership for uncertain times

In these uncertain times our new private jet membership with no ongoing fees gives you something to rely on.

With Virgin under a cloud and Qantas operating at 5% of its pre-pandemic capacity commercial flights are scarce, making it hard for you to get to where you need to go to get your business up and moving again.

A membership with Airly gives you access to shared flights on private jets across the eastern seaboard at a price that is comparable with business class.

To support Australian businesses we are waiving all membership fees until July and our new membership structure will have no ongoing fees.

So whether you need travel for yourself or for your entire team Airly will have a private flight solution for you, from single seats to a whole plane.

To learn more about our membership click the image below. 

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And if you think our program is perfect for you, apply in-app!

Make the most of your Airly Private Jet Membership

How to make the most of your Airly private jet membership

As a private travel club, your Airly membership makes private air travel accessible and affordable.

Private jet charter is available at any time, stay tuned for great options on empty legs but with few commercial flights available demand for an Airly membership is growing.

So here are a few things to consider when looking for a seat on a shared flight:

Make the most of your Airly Private Jet Membership

1. Check for activated flights before initiating a new one; which leads to
2. Flexible travel times;
3. Initiate flights early to give us more time to find fellow jet setters;
4. Refer Airly to colleagues and associates. The more members Airly has the more planes we can offer and the more benefits you receive.

Referring Airly to your friends with our new app is so simple.  You’ll have a unique code, and with a simple click of ‘Share’ you can SMS, email or copy and paste the link.  

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Airly – Getting Australian Businesses Moving

Demand is rapidly increasing, especially around shared flights, so apply for an Airly private jet membership now and book in early.

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To help, we have waived membership fees until at least July.  Our new program won’t have ongoing fees either.

It’s been the hardest quarter for Australian businesses in living memory.

We have all had to change the way we live and work and that includes changing the way we travel.

Not everything can be done by video conference and as the country opens up again we know you have a backlog of items on your to do list.

We also know that in the current environment, even if you manage to book a commercial flight, airport queues are the last thing you feel like dealing with.

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So whether you need travel for yourself or for your entire team Airly will have a private jet solution for you, from single seats to a whole plane.

If you’d like to speak more about our membership, additional COVID-19 in-flight measures or to book an on-demand charter contact us via WhatsApp and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Embraer Praetor 600 Private Jet cabin

Disruptive by choice: The Embraer Praetor 600 private jet

The media has been filled with negative outlooks on the global markets, blaming the COVID-19, housing bubbles and the ‘correction that was required’.

But amongst the standard doomsday articles stood a positive outlook for private jet deliveries. Up 15% in 2019 partly with thanks to the new Praetor range.

Disrupting the business jet landscape

Embraer’s Phenom 300 family continues to win the coveted most delivered private jet (light) title. But Embraer have always left a gap in the market when it comes to range.

The new Praetor family swooped into the market providing new-found range capabilities while maintaining the high-end and practical cabin layout, advanced systems and operating efficiency.

The Praetor 600 has a range of 4,018 nautical miles, very similar to the older Bombardier Challenger aircraft, but more than the Challenger 300. New York to London and Sydney to Singapore are now valid options for new owners.

Embraer Praetor 600 private jet

Beauty found within

If you have followed us for some time, you’d know that we’re big fans of Embraer’s Phenom 300E. Especially the smart and practical cabin.

The Praetor’s cabin is stunning, beautifully appointed and comes in various configurations.

Additional perks include the lower cabin altitude leaving travellers fresh after the flight.

Embraer Praetor 600 private jet cabin
Frustrated commercial airline passenger.

Four things dirtier then the toilet in commercial airliners.

It is common knowledge that commercial airliners can be quite unhygienic. 150-300 passengers in a confined environment, minimal downtime between flights, it is no surprise.

But what we found from this report is that the toilet isn’t the dirtiest location on a commercial airliner.

Frustrated airline passenger.
Make sure you clean your hands before touching your face following a commercial flight!

Here are four things dirtier than an airliner’s toilet.

1) Seat Belt Buckles

You wont be able to avoid touching the seat belt buckle. While they CAN be cleaner than a toilet it is one of the items in constant hand contact with passengers.

2) Aisle Seat Headrests

Hard to believe at first, it now makes sense why the headrest on aisle seats can be quite unhygienic. Most passengers use the aisle seat to balance as they walk down the narrow path to their seat.

3) Overhead vents

An object in constant contact with passengers but perhaps overlooked when it comes to cleaning. Overhead vents had a total of 285 colony forming units (CFU) per square inch.

4) Seat Back Trays

Now this is disgusting.

It was found that the seat back tray was the dirtiest place onboard a commercial airliner. With a CFU reading of 8x the toilet flush button (2,155 CFU), it may be wise to bring along some sanitising wipes if germs aren’t your ‘thing’.

Although flying may seem romantic and exciting, it is very much to be considered a ‘public place’.

Sanitise regularly, especially on long flights.

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Fly semi-private to the 2020 Formula One

You might have considered chartering a private jet in the past. But for most, the price can sometimes be the deal breaker, especially when lengthy overnights are involved.

Aside from charter, you could hope that a discounted one-way, or empty leg, becomes available. But with empty legs comes unpredictability and the potential of cancellations or last minute route changes.

Not the best way to start your Formula One weekend.

Allow us to introduce you to semi-private.

Private for the price of business

At Airly we arrange charters and have empty legs booked on our app, but for years we’ve wanted to find a way to make private more affordable and predictable.

Thus we created a membership which allows a closed group of like-minded individuals the ability to book the seats they need, versus chartering outright.

Airly private jet membership

And with the Formula One coming up, Airly members can simply initiate the flights they need risk-free. They also don’t need to worry about picking the right jet or the overnight fees associated with charter over a weekend.

What’s the cost?

Melbourne’s Essendon Airport is the best option for a Formula One flight. Featuring plenty of FBO’s, no slots and minimal congestion it is also a quick 15 minute drive to the CBD. Essendon is also very hospitable with helicopter pickup and drop offs should you want to one-up your experience into/out of Albert Park.

Flying to Melbourne / Essendon Airport, members pay:

$1,219 per seat from Sydney Metro / Bankstown Airport; or
$1,395 per seat from Sydney’s Mascot Airport

What about other locations you may ask?

We do open up member flights between Melbourne and Byron Bay, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Brisbane between December and February (2019/20).

What kind of jet?

Most of our member initiated flights are conducted on the modern and efficient Embraer Phenom 300E.

We do use other jets from time to time, but over a 12 month period you’d be far more accustomed to the Phenom over any other aircraft.

Embraer Phenom 300E private jet

The Phenoms we regularly utilise via our Operator’s are only 12-24 months old.

Inside you’ll find a beautiful 8 seat cabin configuration with an enclosed lavatory at the rear.

There’s also ample luggage space which can easily fit skis, snowboards, golf clubs and more.

As part of our Project Green offset program the Phenom is a favourite of ours as its carbon emissions are about 50-66% lower than other jets in the same class.

Embraer Phenom 300E private jet cabin.

Do I get any food or drink?

Of course you do. We have partnered with incredible catering suppliers who provide individually portioned meals for all dietary requirements.

Gourmet private jet catering packs.

You won’t have a cabin attendant, so rather than juggle platters or snack on a packet of chips, you can enjoy a super nutritious and delicious meal that’s also practical.

How do I book?

In order to fly semi-private you need to download the Airly app, register then upgrade to a membership.

Once we ensure you meet the criteria, you’ll be free to initiate your flights to the Formula One.

The best part is you won’t pay your reservation till the flight is confirmed!

Our member care team can also source hospitality tickets, helicopter or vehicle transfers or more. We’re just a WhatsApp message away.

Still want to charter?

Airly are more than capable of managing your charter requirements. Request your Formula One charter via our app, WhatsApp or call 1800 FLY AIRLY.

Challenger 350 private jet

Montreal becomes the first facility outside the USA to take delivery of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF)

Bombardier is making solid progress on its commitment to reduce the carbon footprint of private aviation by announcing their first shipment of Sustainable Aviation Fuel outside of the US.

Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) is created from renewable sources, but mimic the chemistry of petroleum jet fuel and can be used in today’s aircraft and engines without modification and provide the same level of performance and safety as today’s petroleum-derived jet fuel.

Montreal has become the first facility outside of the US to take shipment of SAF.

The arrival of 27,600 litres (7,300USgal) of cooking oil-based biofuel at the Dorval manufacturing plant also represents another step in the airframer’s ambition to secure a long-term supply of SAF across its global facilities, as sustainable fuel becomes more readily available.

This shipment will fuel the Challenger 350 (pictured) and 650 jets, but plan to boost supply in 2020 to include the new Global range.

Bombardier Challenger 350

Original article via Flight Global.

Private jet interior

The reward of travelling with an open mind

As our membership continues to grow (effectively doubled this month alone) it’s been entertaining watching old habits of our members. The biggest one is automatically booking flights from Sydney’s Mascot Airport when in fact said member may live closer or equidistant to Sydney Metro / Bankstown.

This article, however, isn’t about the member who lives closer to Bankstown. This article is about the member who lives right near Mascot Airport.

Jamie booked his semi private flight on our app for The Fleetwood Mac concert in Melbourne (lucky him).

We activated his flight, and got everything organised in the background including aircraft selection, gourmet catering and slots at Mascot Airport. As this jet was based in Bankstown we needed to organise the positioning of the jet in time for pickup.

Things were looking great till the night before. Sydney Airport informed our operator that we lost our slot due to expected single runway operations and that there would be no room for us, as the capacity of Sydney will be halved.

Jamie would now need to depart Bankstown, as we couldn’t position to Sydney for the pickup.

For a guy who lives 15min from T3 drop-off, and 30 mins from Sydney Metro Airport Jamie wasn’t too thrilled with this news but agreed to travel with an open mind because the alternative of flying commercial was going to be far more painful.

Although it seemed a disadvantage, because of single runway operations, we felt he’d save hours overall for driving just that little bit further (plus our pricing is cheaper ex Sydney Metro). We were right.

Jamie arrived at the lounge at 10:45 and was wheels up by 10:55 landing in Melbourne a little over 70 minutes later. No slots, no long taxiing, no waiting.

While Jamie was en-route I sent him a screen grab of FlightRadar24 that showed the queue to depart Sydney as he departed Bankstown. I counted around 14 waiting.

Add that to the fact Melbourne were holding traffic inbound as well (Jamie’s flight was untouched all the way to Essendon) proved that on this particular day we saved Jamie in excess of 2 hours. If he had of flown commercial there was a greater chance of his flight being cancelled, and if it did go ahead the delays were not looking pretty on the flight board.