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“One businessman took a flight from nice to antwerp. antwerp also has a fairly short runway that means other aircraft of comparable size can mostly only land there when it’s dry (which tends not to be so often in Belgium), thus they would have to divert to Brussels. “We made flights from nice and from London to antwerp and there’s no question we could land if it’s raining. that added assurance for clients has proven very good for our charter business.”

“The key advantage of Business Aviation is its flexibility – both in getting as close to specific locations as possible and flying on the passenger’s own schedule” One of the key drivers behind choosing a new jet for the smart air fleet was the passenger’s need for a productive cabin space. “We were attracted by the fact that with two seats in the middle, passengers can turn them ninety degrees facing one another, enabling passengers to speak to people to the left, right, and in front of them. Because the cabin is wide, passengers can do so without their knees touching.” thus, the cabin area can be a productive space for meetings en route to the business destination – and users have also appreciated the silence in the cabin.

“Because it is quiet they can talk quietly, or make a presentation from their iPad or their phones to the monitors. they can take advantage of the flying time to work. this is a productive space for them.” While cédric doesn’t always get to know the industries of his passengers in detail, some recent clients were working in construction and others in finance. “it’s important for these passengers to arrive feeling alert, refreshed, and ready for business,” he outlines. “When you fly, the thing that makes you tired is the pressure inside the cabin. We understand the Legacy 450 to be better pressurised than comparable midsize jets. so at the end of the day people are less tired flying in our jet. a lot of people who flew with us in the last month really appreciated this,” he claims. to smartair’s credit, those who were accustomed to chartering larger aircraft simply to have more space in the cabin can now right-size their aircraft choice to match their budgets in the Legacy 450. meanwhile, customers that traditionally chartered smaller aircraft find they can enjoy more space and amenities without paying large-cabin prices. increased cabin volume; smooth, quiet flight characteristics; the boardroom layout capability; generous baggage capacity; and access to destinations typically limited to smaller aircraft – it’s easy to see why, 18-months ago cédric was so keen to press the case for the addition of a Legacy 450 to the fleet. More information from www.flysmartair.com HEditionMag

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