Cash-rich, time-poor holiday-makers can now take short breaks at luxury European hotels with return flights by private jet and transfers by limousine or helicopter as part of the package.
A new company called Jeffersons is the first British operator to offer such
trips. A limousine will pick you up from your home or office and whisk you to
the nearest private jet airport. Alternatively, you can make the transfer by
Helicopter. Once aboard a Learjet… you help yourself to chilled
Champagne and a gourmet hamper. On arrival, a limousine takes you to your hotel.
Managing Director Robin Fawcett came up with the idea a year ago. “I was flying with EasyJet to Barcelona and realised there was a gap in the market for the complete opposite of what the low-cost airlines do,” he said. “Our programme is for people who want to spend their hard-earned money on eliminating queues, avoiding stress and enjoying full-on comforts.”
Jeffersons’ first brochure offers a choice of 30 luxury hotels in eight European
countries within one or two hours’ flying time from the UK. If your favourite retreat isn’t featured, a package can be tailor-made to suit.
Is it worth the cost? Every penny, say private-jet enthusiasts. A late check-in
means you can pitch up five minutes before your selected take-off time. Nor
does it matter if you are 15 minutes late. There are no check-in formalities because the company arranges clearance with immigration and customs, and you can fly to an airport closer to your destination than those used by commercial airlines.
As for the swank factor, that is way off the scale".