ANA HOLDINGS and Honda Aircraft Company in business jet strategic partnership

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ANA HOLDINGS INC. (ANAHD) and Honda Aircraft Company have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a strategic partnership supporting the international expansion of the business jet market around the globe by using Honda Aircraft’s HondaJet.

Japanese national carrier ANA will use the HondaJet for its charter and feeder flights connecting them to the existing broad network at major travel hubs in North America and Europe. Honda Aircraft will support various aspects of ANA’s feeder and charter flights, including working with global charter operators to provide exceptional coverage for ANA’s customers and establishing a framework for ground support functions at a variety of ANA’s transit locations.

“I am delighted that ANA has chosen the HondaJet to support their arranged feeder and charter flight operations,” said Honda Aircraft president and CEO Michimasa Fujino. “I am confident the HondaJet will meet and exceed their customers’ expectations with its unrivalled speed, efficiency, luxurious features and comfort. I’m looking forward to expanding the business jet market through the use of the HondaJet by ANA.”

ANA HOLDINGS INC. president and CEO, Shinya Katanozaka commented, “Through this strategic partnership and use of the HondaJet, ANA will create new demand to utilise business jets, in particular for travellers of various Japanese entities who value convenience and privacy in their overseas travel.”

Pernod Ricard and JetSmarter in unique partnership

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Luxury global wine and spirits company Pernod Ricard is to become JetSmarter’s official spirits partner.

The partnership will provide JetSmarter members with unique experiences in collaboration with Pernod Ricard, elevating each moment of their luxury travel itinerary.

“Cultivating unique consumer experiences has always been a top priority for Pernod Ricard,” said Jonas Tåhlin, chief marketing officer, Pernod Ricard. “We know that travel is more than just about getting passengers from point A to point B; every touchpoint can be elevated and we’re excited for this synergistic opportunity to do just that for the JetSmarter audience.” Tåhlin continued, “This partnership will afford the JetSmarter community the chance to explore the brands within Pernod Ricard’s Prestige portfolio in an unexpected way.”

As the brand’s official spirits partner, Pernod Ricard will create monthly in-flight activations and events for members, influencers and other VIPs surrounding hot, cultural current events.

Sergey Petrossov, JetSmarter’s Founder and CEO, noted, “One of our goals for 2018 is to continue to enhance our membership experience by aligning with new strategic partners, such as Pernod Ricard. We pride ourselves on providing our members with the utmost premium experiences, and Pernod Ricard’s portfolio of products caters to the exquisite tastes of JetSmarter members.”

Pernod Ricard’s Prestige spirits, wines and champagne brands will be featured on JetSmarter in-flight menus, member lounges at their private jet airports and throughout various custom experiences. The JetSmarter member journey will begin with a champagne greeting in their lounges and continue with fully curated, in-flight educational tastings that will take place in-flight. As a Pernod Ricard partner, JetSmarter members will have direct access to custom gifting capabilities of Pernod Ricard brands through ReserveBar.com/JetSmarter. Pernod Ricard will design private tours that won’t be available to the public, at their renowned wineries and distilleries. These exclusive experiences will be tailored specifically for JetSmarter members to gain a deep knowledge of the brand’s library of high-end wine and spirits by exploring the origin and unique distillation process, firsthand.

JetSmarter’s mobile app, which is integral to the member experience, will provide notifications alerting clients of convivial Pernod Ricard activation moments, prestige product offerings, and more.

Pernod Ricard and JetSmarter collaborated on a Scotch pairing and culinary experience with The Glenlivet and their Master of Scotch in Miami’s Design District, which was sold out. Upcoming experiences for JetSmarter members include the Perrier-Jouët Tennis Experience during the Miami Open this March where Perrier-Jouët will host an in-flight tasting for guests to enjoy Belle Epoque Cuvees at a mile high. While on the ground, members will attend a private clinic with tennis pro Grigor Dimitrov at Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne. Additionally, member experiences will be hosted with Absolut and Avion Reserva 44 during Coachella in April, as well as a curated Chivas Fight Club experience in celebration of the GGG Fight this May.

OneJet introduces enhanced on-board experience

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US-based business aviation and regional carrier OneJet is introducing its latest product, OneJet Plus to the Pittsburgh market.

The soon to launch Pittsburgh – Kansas City route becomes the second route to offer the expanded service on-board the larger 30-seat Embraer ERJ135 aircraft

The brand new leather interior is complemented by exit-row legroom at each seat; free 4G high-speed Wi-Fi; streaming entertainment gate to gate; and complimentary beer, wine and snacks en route. Travellers will also receive the same check-in conveniences that standard OneJet flights provide, including TSA Pre access for eligible travellers and valet planeside baggage service.

“For the past two years, OneJet’s right-sized, point-to-point, nonstop services have met our customers’ demand for expedited travel between key business and leisure destinations,” OneJet CEO Matthew Maguire said. “The introduction of the OneJet Plus service marks a major milestone for the company, providing access to longer routes, along with an even further enhanced in-flight experience. We look forward to continuing to expand our network and supporting the growth of the communities and corporate customers we serve.”

Dassault Aviation launches new long-range, large-cabin Falcon 6X

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Dassault Aviation has unveiled the Falcon 6X, the most spacious, advanced and versatile twinjet in business aviation.

This new 5,500 nm aircraft will make its first flight in early 2021 and begin deliveries in 2022.

“We wanted to further push the boundaries with this new aircraft, to provide the best flight experience possible using today’s aviation know-how,” said Eric Trappier, chairman & CEO of Dassault Aviation. “The Falcon 6X will offer a mix of range, comfort and capability no other large cabin business jet can match while guaranteeing fully mature systems and a proven powerplant.”

The Falcon 6X cabin is six feet, six inches (1.98 m) high and 8 feet 6 inches (2.58 m) wide – the highest and widest cross section in a purpose built business jet – and is nearly 40 feet 8 inches (12.3 m) long. The cabin can accommodate 16 passengers in three distinct lounge areas, affording room for multiple configurations including a large entry way/crew rest area and a spacious rear lounge.
Every element of cabin style and design has been totally rethought, the result of an extensive survey of customer tastes and inputs from Dassault Aviation’s own in-house Design Studio. Flowing uninterrupted lines enhance the feeling of space and declutter the cabin.

Significantly more natural light floods into the cabin thanks to 29 extra-large windows including a unique galley skylight – the first in business aviation – designed to provide additional brightness in an area usually devoid of natural light.

“The industry has been moving towards ever wider and higher interiors, and customers told us what they wanted most in our new Falcons was more space,” continued Trappier. “So we designed the Falcon 6X from the cabin out, making it as passenger-centric as we could while still delivering the high performance and other flying qualities that customers value in Falcons.”

“There is still today a strong market need for a brand new long range aircraft with a very large cabin. The Falcon 6X will be best value for money in the 5,000 nm segment, a class all its own.” concluded Trappier.