Tony Jackson, Travel Suite, Peter Manase, ATPI; Nick Kotlarevsky, ATPI Tony Jackson, Travel Suite, Peter Manase, ATPI; Nick Kotlarevsky, ATPI

More demand for private jets

The uptake on private jet travel continues to increase and is providing an opportunity for agents and brokers who may not traditionally think of recommending the product to their clients. This is according to agents who had a rare opportunity to check out a Qatar Executive G650ER at ExecuJet, Auckland Airport recently.

Chrissy Sun, a travel designer with Touch of Spice says private jet travel is a steady market with inbound clients particularly from America. ‘We have had some publicity in the media recently and that always helps, but we also get a lot of referrals .’

Tony Jackson of Travel Suite says he has half a dozen clients who regularly use private jets, including New Zealand families who use the mode of transport around the USA and Mexico.

‘A lot of people have been asking for it since the surge of travel after Covid. People want to avoid busy airports and lost luggage – we’re starting to see demand for it on shorter flights in Europe, say London to Paris.’

Jackson valued the opportunity to view the G650ER. ‘Physically getting to see it has been a huge opportunity.’

Nick Kotlarevsky, broker with ATPI says that not being able to travel for a few years has made people realise that life is short. ‘People who are able to do this are making the most of life. It’s about convenience, avoiding crowds and having privacy.’

Chris Paykel, QR’s country manager – NZ says it has been pleasing to see an increase in enquiries for Qatar Executive since the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

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