ACS sees a boom in music charters
Friday 22, July 2011
Air Charter Service has reported a 30 percent increase in demand for charters this year relating to the music industry.
The Summer festival season is now in full swing and artists find themselves very popular as they are often booked to play at more than one festival over a single weekend, or they need to juggle their Summer touring schedule with festival commitments.
Joel Fenn, Director of ACS’s London Executive Jets Department, comments: “Many American bands and artists combine festivals within their European tours which, whilst logical, often mean very tight schedules that simply cannot be kept unless charters are involved. We fly many of the stars around in executive aircraft – as well as their stage sets on cargo aircraft – to ensure their safe and swift transit as many of them have a performance in a different country less than 24 hours after they finish their previous set.
“Certain artists have preferences when it comes to aircraft selection, depending on their exact requirement and budget – whether it be a Piper Seneca turboprop or a luxurious Gulfstream jet.” But with superstars come some strange requests: “One of my colleagues was once asked to remove all the blue M&Ms from the dish for one flight”, Fenn adds.
“This year we have seen a definite increase in demand, and with our American expansion and new office in L.A. – the home of entertainment – I can only see this side of our business growing even further. And across our departments here we can offer the complete solution for tour companies planning their artists’ movements with the commercial team having flown many of the entourage and crew, and our cargo experts moving the valuable stage sets and equipment.”
Air Charter Service arranges more than 5,000 full charter contracts every year consisting of tens of thousands of flights across its fourteen worldwide offices.
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