5 Reasons to Charter a Private Jet to Las Vegas

ELEVATE can make a private jet to Vegas experience lift off! We can take care of everything so you don’t have to lift a finger.

ELEVATE can make a private jet to Vegas experience lift off! We can take care of everything so you don’t have to lift a finger.

Bright lights, big city - even if you haven’t been to Las Vegas, it’s likely that you’re familiar with its biggest attractions. Vegas has everything from spectacular casinos to fine dining and a massive selection of live performances, including illusionists, Cirque du Soleil and pop music’s biggest stars. There are stunning natural attractions just outside the city but when night falls, it’s all about luxury, excess and a little bit of magic. What happens there, stays there...or so we’re told.

Ready to hit the strip? Here are five reasons to charter a plane for your next (or your first) trip to fabulous Las Vegas.

You’ll get in and out of the city in style

You may have heard that flying into Vegas at night is a must because of the incredible view of the strip from above. We tend to agree - there’s nothing like it, and it’s a fantastic way to start your trip. This is particularly true when you’re flying charter and can take in the city from the comfort of a private aircraft. You can enjoy all the luxurious amenities of Vegas before your wheels even hit the ground - champagne, delicious food, first rate service, and a gorgeous private space to call your own.

Come and go as you please

Whether you’re heading to Vegas for a bachelor party, a romantic weekend away or a business meeting, we can get you in and out on your own schedule. It’s even possible to make a day trip of it, if that’s what you want - just let us know your itinerary and we’ll make it happen.

No wait times or hassle

No one goes to Las Vegas to sit on the runway or stand in line at the airport. Make the most of your trip by avoiding all of the hassle associated with flying commercial. You’ll go straight to your plane (customs for international arrivals can be handled quickly and privately) and depart the airport efficiently upon arrival in Las Vegas. Upon request, a private car will be ready to take you to your accommodations or other destination of your choosing. We can even offer a choice of airports to get you closer to where you want to be.

Enjoy a high level of privacy

When you fly charter, you’re afforded an extremely high level of privacy that even the best business class commercial flights cannot offer. Your trip can be as discreet as necessary, from departure to arrival and everything in between. We’ll get you to your hotel without disturbance and ensure that your entire travel experience is seamless.

It’s Vegas, baby

One of the best reasons to charter a trip to Vegas is to cross it off your bucket list - it’s on there for a reason. It’s doesn’t matter if you’re a golfer or a gambler - you’re going to have a great time. Las Vegas is an unforgettable experience made even more thrilling by traveling on a private jet. To learn more or start planning your trip, contact us.

More Reasons To Entrust Your Next Private Air Charter to ELEVATE

ELEVATE is Fully DOT Compliant With 3d Party Oversight by ARGUS.

New rules governing air charter brokers came into effect earlier in 2019. ELEVATE was already full compliant.

New rules governing air charter brokers came into effect earlier in 2019. ELEVATE was already full compliant.

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At ELEVATE, we pride ourselves on responding to your immediate needs, offering expert advice and service, and for being thorough as we direct each trip with the utmost professionalism. We are also fully compliant with new U.S. federal regulations governing private air charter - in fact, we met these new regulations before they were officially implemented on February 14th, 2019.

Earlier this year, the US Department of Transportation published 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 295, regulating the air charter broker industry in the United States for the first time. That said, ELEVATE Innovation has been Part 295 compliant from the first day we began operations - meaning, we saw the need for transparency and included it in our process before it was legally required. We chose to bring in an independent third party, ARGUS International, to make sure we follow the rules and operate at an exceptional level. ARGUS is well known to the business aviation community for their operational safety audits and also provides oversight of ELEVATE’s business practices.

What is Part 295?

The DOT has published rules to protect aircraft operators and consumers from unsafe and unscrupulous business practices. For example, a customer should know who the final air carrier operating their flight is - otherwise, it would be unfair and deceptive. Customers should also be entitled  to a refund if a broker does not provide the charter customer with “required” or “upon request” disclosures, such as proof of liability insurance.

Our Obligations

According to the DOT, here’s what we need to be doing for you , the customer, for each charter that we arrange:

  • Tell you that we are acting as your agent in the charter transaction

  • Disclose the name and any “doing-business-as” of the actual aircraft operator

  • Provide information on the level of insurance coverage you can expect

Additional Communication With You, The Customer

Although the DOT makes the following disclosures voluntary ELEVATE will always disclose to you the following:

  • Any relationships that we may have with an air carrier/aircraft operator that has a bearing on the selection of the carrier to operate your flight, and

  • The total cost of the charter, including taxes and fees, and any fees you the customer will be responsible for paying directly to third parties (e.g., fuel, landing, hanger, etc.) - Note that in most cases ELEVATE will explain and collect these fees on your behalf in our interest of providing the best service possible

We’ll also do our utmost to communicate any unforeseen or potential charges your trip may incur ahead of time. These could include aircraft de-icing and hangar fees, and on the day of flight any additional flight time charges caused by air traffic control re-routing, or en-route weather.

Our Partnership With ARGUS Helps Ensure We Meet And Exceed The Standards

Since the US Government does not maintain a registry of air charter brokers like ELEVATE, we chose to use a third party industry partner, ARGUS International, to validate our business practices and hold us to a high standard.  We use and regularly update a procedures manual, similar to checklists used by pilots, to ensure that we are following DOT rules.

Click here to see our live compliance status with ARGUS.

We are also a member of the National Business Aviation Association and diligently adhere to their policies and best practices, as well as being a member of the Canadian Business Aviation Association.

ELEVATE has elected to follow stringent US laws and guidelines for all of our business activities, both in the US and abroad.

You can trust our more than 25 years of aviation experience, and fly confidently knowing that we and our industry partners have your back. Once you get to know us, we hope you’ll keep coming back. ELEVATE your flying experience today!

Bombardier Lear 75 Re-imagined

Bombardier Learjet 75 Liberty.  Bombardier photo.

Bombardier Learjet 75 Liberty. Bombardier photo.

Bombardier has announced a revamp of its Learjet 75 business aircraft, called the Learjet 75 Liberty, just in time for July 4th. The new variant of the long-running light jet program will become available in 2020.

The Learjet 75, itself a modernized version of the highly popular Learjet 45, first rolled out of the Wichita, Kansas factory in 2013.

Newly Competitive On Price

Despite a series of enhancements the Lear 75 has struggled for new sales in recent years compared to its main light jet rivals the Cessna Citation CJ3+ and the fast-selling Embraer Phenom 300, with the latter being an entirely new design. Slightly larger in size, the Learjet 75 has been a more costly proposition for aircraft owners at over US $ 13 million compared to the sub US $10 million CJ3+ and Phenom 300. Bombardier aims to level the playing field with the new Learjet 75 Liberty which will seat 6 and have a price tag of US $9.9 million, making it a more formidable competitor.

The “Executive Suite” forward cabin of the Bombardier Learjet 75 Liberty.  Bombardier photo.

The “Executive Suite” forward cabin of the Bombardier Learjet 75 Liberty. Bombardier photo.

The Most Comfort of Any Light Jet

Price competitiveness is only one part of the Learjet 75 Liberty value proposition. By making use of the larger cabin Bombardier claims to have developed the most comfortable light jet experience in the sky. The Learjet 75 Liberty will have a separate forward “Executive Suite” with 2 forward facing captain’s chairs and footrests. The aft 4 passenger club section will have a segment-leading 24 inches separating the facing pairs of seats.

Impressive Speed and Range

Bombardier is also marketing better performance at the same operating costs as its nearest competitors so owners shouldn’t have to pay more to operate the aircraft. The Learjet 75 Liberty will see maximum payload (a measure of how much it can carry) increase by almost 38%, to 2,910 pounds, and the aircraft’s range will increase to 2,393 miles. This compares favorably to 2,348 miles for Citation CJ3+ and 2,267 miles for the Phenom 300E. Trips such as New York to Las Vegas, Seattle to DC, and Mexico City to San Francisco are within reach, nonstop, for the Learjet 75 Liberty. The Learjet family have always been known for their speed, and the max cruising speed for the Lear 75 Liberty is Mach 0.81.

The 8 passenger layout of the existing Learjet 75 will still be available as an option, however the aircraft’s range will be reduced roughly to that of the CJ3+.

Get a sneak preview of the Bombardier Learjet 75 Liberty (Bombardier video)

ELEVATE has access to over 10,000 private aircraft of all sizes and capabilities, world-wide. Contact us today to learn more about private air charter.

Charter To The Championships: ELEVATE Your Summer In Sports

With the NBA Championship just days behind us and the Stanley Cup recently awarded you may be asking yourself: what’s next? Well, if you love the thrill of live sports, we’ve got plenty of ideas to keep you entertained this summer - and ELEVATE can take you there in style. To learn more or get a free quote for your private charter, please contact us.

Wimbledon

What better reason to go to London than for Wimbledon? This is a fantastic event not only for the exceptional tennis, but to experience summer in England. The historic tournament begins July 1st and runs until July 14th, 2019. Take in a few matches and then spend some time touring the nearby city centre and surrounding countryside. You might even catch a glimpse of the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, who has been known to attend Wimbedon most years.

Tour de France

Summer, cycling, maybe some French wine in the countryside or at a sidewalk cafe in Paris? We’re on board - and you can be, too. The Tour de France takes place in France and Belgium from July 6th to 28th. We suggest choosing one of many charming destinations along the route and settling into comfortable accommodations for a relaxing stay. You can cheer on cyclists as they cross through town and then spend some time enjoying the region. Or, let us fly you to Paris and be there when the winning cyclist crosses the finish line on the Champs Elysees!

British Open

The 2019 British Open will take place at the Royal Portrush Golf Club, County Antrim in Northern Ireland from July 18th to 21st. If you love golf, this is the place to be - it’s a rugged course with changing elevation that is sure to make for some exciting games. See the best of the best compete on the green and then grab a Guinness or some Irish whiskey to celebrate!

More to see and do

Wimbledon, the Tour de France and the British Open are just the beginning - if you’re interested in other adventures in summer athletics, consider a trip to the Women’s World Cup of soccer or the World Rowing Championships in Austria. Looking to stay closer to home? Tennis fans are in luck - the US Open is happening in New York City in late August. No matter where you end up this summer, travel well - we’d be pleased to help.

From Runway To Red Carpet With ELEVATE.

Fly To Tiff This Year With Private Air Charter By ELEVATE.

The Toronto International Film Festival® (TIFF) is one of the largest publicly attended film festivals in the world, attracting close to half a million people annually. Let ELEVATE take you to TIFF this year.

The Biggest New Films

TIFF attracts some of the biggest names and best new films. The annual festival's People's Choice Award winners have been a good barometer of success to come. Films like Slumdog Millionaire (2008), The King's Speech (2010), 12 Years a Slave (2013), The Imitation Game (2014), Room (2015), La La Land (2016), Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017), and Green Book (2018) all went on to win big at The Academy Awards after their debut in Toronto.

Only Months Away. Plan Now!

Don't miss out! The 44th Annual Toronto International Film Festival® runs from September 5-15, 2019. Advance tickets are now sale for some credit card holders and go on sale to the general public in a matter of weeks.

Let ELEVATE Take Care of All Your Travel Needs

The best way to get to the festival is with a private air charter from ELEVATE. We provide the highest level of service from runway to red carpet.

Fly to Toronto from virtually anywhere, nonstop! We can even help you arrange ground transportation and accommodations making ELEVATE your one-stop.

Book your private air travel now.

Charter A Private Jet To The NBA Finals

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Toronto Raptors and Reigning NBA Champion Golden State Warriors Face Off.

Charter A Plane From ELEVATE to Get You To The Game.


Game 1 between the reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors takes place on Thursday, May 30th in Toronto.

The Warriors start their chase for a third consecutive NBA Championship. They will have their hands full with a surging Raptors. It’s the first time a Canadian team has reached the championship series.

Nobody knows private air travel between the U.S. and Canada quite like ELEVATE. With over 25 years of aviation experience on both sides of the border you can count on us every step of the way.

We’re always front and center for service and will find the right aircraft for you and your friends. We’ll look after every detail so you can power forward and enjoy the ride. From more affordable light jets to spacious heavies we’ve got you covered.

We can even look after all of your trip needs including accommodations, ground transfers, and more.

Make this a series to remember. Let ELEVATE arrange your private charter flight to either Toronto or Oakland from virtually anywhere!


Summer Is Fast Approaching

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Happy Memorial Day!

Its the unofficial start of summer. Whether you need a Caravan to a cottage or have your sights set on Globe-trotting adventure on a G-V, ELEVATE has you covered. Customers tell us they love our boutique air charter service and our attention to every detail of their travel plans. Experience the difference for yourself. Get in touch with us today!

Let ELEVATE arrange your next private charter and change the way you fly.

Where can we take you?

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The Citation M2: Advanced, Comfortable.

A great performer off of short and narrow runways.  Cessna photo.

A great performer off of short and narrow runways. Cessna photo.

The Citation M2 is classified as an entry-level, jet. It is the smallest member of Textron Aviation’s Cessna Citation lineup. Designed for short range flights of up to two and half hours, the M2 is a comfortable and cost-effective solution for up to 6 people when chartered. It also comes with an impressive array of technology for its size.

The first Cessna Citation business jet, the 5-seat Citation I (model 500) entered service in 1971. The concept of light twin-engine jet capable of operating from convenient smaller airports not served by the airlines was entirely new at the time. Several thousand light jets later, the Cessna Citation continues to lead the category. In the 1990s Cessna went back to the drawing board and introduced the new CitationJet ("CJ") lineup. The smallest member of this new family of light jets was initially called the CJ1. Following further development Cessna began marketing the M2 in 2013.

The original light Citation jets were distinguished by a "V-tail design", where the horizontal stabilizer is mounted near the base of the tail. The new Citation M2 (as well as its larger siblings the CJ2, CJ3, and CJ4) all have a T-tail, where the horizontal stabilizer is mounted at the top of the tail. The M2 was designed to be versatile. You won’t find a swept-back wing on the M2. Together with two Williams engines, it was built not so much for speed as to get into and out of short runways of little over 3,000 feet in length. Still, the aircraft manages a respectable 404 knots/ 465 miles per hour at maximum cruise.

The cabin of the Cessna Citation M2

The cabin of the Cessna Citation M2

In a typical charter configuration the M2 carries 5 passengers, with a single club layout of 4 seats plus a side facing seat behind the flight deck. This seat can be replaced with extra storage space or refreshment center. A belted lavatory seat is also standard, and becomes handy when you are 6 on a tight budget. The aircraft’s maximum range is just over 1,550 nautical miles/ 1,784 miles, about 100 nautical miles/ 115 miles better than the original CJ1 which the M2 replaces.

Looking out the uniquely-shaped Citation M2 window as we cruise comfortably above most commercial air traffic.

Looking out the uniquely-shaped Citation M2 window as we cruise comfortably above most commercial air traffic.

Despite the relatively small cabin size, you’ll be able to relax or work comfortably on the M2 with its large fold-out tables and 8 cabin windows that help provide a sense of spaciousness. There’s also an optional cabin management system which provides integrated entertainment, climate, and information controls at passenger fingertips. On a recent two and half hour flight we completely forgot that we were flying on a small cabin jet, and while traveling fast and high above most commercial traffic beat the airlines to our final destination by a good margin.

On the flight deck the M2 is no slouch. A high degree of automation and other technological advances assist pilots in keeping things as simple as possible (the aircraft is certified to be flown by a single pilot, but you will find two pilots when chartering). This includes a sophisticated flight management system with GPS technology, weather avoidance radar, Terrain Avoidance Warning System, Traffic Collision and Avoidance System, electronic flight charts and more. This is all packed into was is known as the Garmin® G3000™; an entirely digital flight deck consisting of three large screens that include Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT™) providing a clear, concise picture of where you are at all times.

For a list of specs on the M2, visit our Aircraft Guide.

5 U.S. Spa Resorts Worth Traveling To

The concept of ‘going on vacation’ means different things to different people. For many, it’s about cultivating an adventure or checking items off your bucket list - hiking Machu Picchu, walking along the Great Wall of China or snorkeling in Thailand, perhaps. For others, though, it’s a time to relax, recharge and unwind from the chaos of work and life. After all - when you work hard, it’s natural for your body and your mind to crave rest.

If you’re the type of person who wants to spend their vacation in the lap of luxury, we’ve got some ideas. Here are our recommendations for some of the best spa resorts in America. Please let us know if we can help you arrange private air transportation to any of these destinations.

Lake Austin Spa Resort (Austin, Texas)

Lake Austin Spa Resort offers an earthy, comfortable take on a luxury spa getaway. The resort is set on a beautiful, secluded lake amid a gorgeous Texan landscape. Just twenty minutes from the lively city of Austin, the spa provides luxurious accommodations, delicious meals, three pools, a full-service spa and a variety of fitness and wellness activities. Enjoy a long hike or lay out by the water - the choice is yours. There is also the option to paddle board or enjoy other water sports on site. To learn more, visit their website here.

The Ranch (Malibu, California)

The Ranch is known as a fitness resort because of its focus on health, exercise and nutrition. A favourite of celebrities looking to shed a few pounds before a big role or awards season, this resort offers amenities designed to improve one’s spiritual, physical and mental wellness. Your time here is decidedly about self-improvement rather than pure pampering or relaxation, but it also offers daily yoga practice and massage treatments. The Ranch is also offering a program in Italy later this year. Visit their website here to learn more.

Miraval Resort and Spa (Tucson, Arizona)

Miraval has several locations, including a well-reviewed spa in Austin and an upcoming addition to the Berkshires, Massachusetts. We recommend the Arizona location for their stunning landscape, incredible amenities and high end, modern accommodations. Visit for the day, get a suite or book a villa. In addition to amazing spa experiences, there are opportunities for meditation, yoga, hiking and even horseback riding. The resort encourages sustainable practices and creative living - two elements that are apparent in their approach. Learn more at MiravalArizona.com.

Sundara Inn and Spa (Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin)

Sundara is what you might picture when you imagine a weekend away at a modern spa resort - good food, an incredible full-service spa and beautiful rooms among a serene, forested landscape. Every corner is designed for relaxation and enjoyment. Bring a book, schedule a massage or spa treatment or walk along the meditation trail (there’s a hammock at the end, if you feel like a nap). A salt room offers detoxing halotherapy and there is a golf course on site, should you feel like a game. To learn more, visit their website here.

The Lodge (Hawley, Pennsylvania)

Nearest airport- Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton Intl.

Classic, elegant and endlessly relaxing, The Lodge at Woodloch is a small, private luxury spa resort. Visiting this resort is a bit like having your own private country estate - never a bad thing, if you ask us - and the spa itself offers great options and amenities. Enjoy indoor and outdoor water features, stunning views and comfort at every turn. There’s a fire pit to gather around in the evening and gorgeous grounds to explore. Unlike some spa resorts, wine and spirits are served alongside chef-prepared meals. You can learn more by visiting their website.

Contact ELEVATE to arrange your private flight to any of these incredible destinations or for additional travel recommendations.

7 New York City Restaurants That Should Be On Your Bucket List

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Whether you grew up in the Hamptons, live in the Midwest or are West Coast born-and-raised, you’ve probably spent time in New York City. There’s a reason NYC attracts visitors from all over the world, from the sights of Central park to Broadway and The Met. It’s the city that never sleeps, and there’s always something spectacular to take in. Oh, and we hear the food is pretty good, too...

Here are seven of the best restaurants New York City has to offer - a curated bucket list for your distinguished palate. If you have additional recommendations, let us know in the comments on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. We’re @elevatecharter

Le Bernadin (155 West 51st Street)

Le Bernadin is internationally acclaimed for its elegant seafood and renowned French chef Eric Ripert. The upscale destination has three Michelin stars and is consistently rated among the best restaurants in New York City, holding the record for the longest unbroken four star rating in the New York Times. Try the Almost Raw, Barely Touched and Lightly Cooked menu options featuring scallops, clams, fresh fish and other delights.


Cote Korean Steakhouse, (16 West 22nd Street)

Led by Executive Chef David Shim, Cote takes the classic American steakhouse and blends it with incredible Korean barbeque. They have a spectacular bar offering as well as many traditional and innovative dishes. Try the Butcher’s Feast of Prime and Wagyu beef served with delectable Korean accompaniments.

Momofuku (various addresses, New York)

The Momofuku brand is famous around the globe - and with good reason. New York is home to Momofuku’s Bang Bar, Kawi, Ko, Nishi, Peach Mart, and Saam bar as well as the signature Momofuku Noodle Bar. These options are more casual dining but well worth a visit. They’re also perfect for late night, should you find yourself out on the town.

Gramercy Tavern (42 East 20th Street)

A NYC staple since 1994, Gramercy Tavern offers contemporary American cuisine done with superb style. Owned by famed restaurateur Danny Meyer and led by Chef Michael Anthony, the tavern’s menu evolves with the seasons. Think high end and farm-fresh with warm hospitality. Gramercy Tavern has earned nine James Beard awards.

Daniel (60 East 65th Street)

Chef Daniel Boulud’s namesake restaurant offers award-winning contemporary French cuisine in a luxe, fine dining environment. Try the four course chef’s menu or dine a la carte. An extensive wine menu complements the four star chef’ menu. You’ll want to dress to impress.   

ABC Kitchen (35 East 18th Street)

A passion project by Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, ABC Kitchen is a quirky yet upscale organic dining experience set inside a retail space. The dining room pays attention to environmentally-friendly details such as compostable placemats and recycled paper menus. Fresh fish, local produce and delectable cuts of meat are given a pleasant rustic treatment with an urban twist.

L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon (85 10th Avenue)

This is contemporary fine dining and French food at its best - classic dishes, rich desserts and plenty of wine, all in a modern upscale setting. Chef Robuchon has held 32 Michelin stars and is internationally recognized for his cuisine. A generous selection of vegetarian options complete this decadent menu. Bon appetit!

When you’re ready to jet off to NYC for an amazing week or weekend give us a call! Click here to get a quote on aircraft.


Bombardier's Global 7500 - The Lon(g) Ranger!

In one of our earlier blog posts we talked about Bombardier’s newest ultra long range business aircraft, the Global 7500. Now certified and in service the Global 7500 recently set a series of distance and speed records as part of a worldwide marketing tour. Check out this cool video of the aircraft from AINtv.

The Global 7500 is touted as the world’s largest and longest range business jet. It is capable of flying over 7,700 nautical miles (over 8,861 statute miles), with a top speed of Mach 0.925 (92.5% of the speed of sound).

The Falcon 900 Series

We feature popular aircraft available for private charter on a regular basis. For a complete directory please visit our extensive aircraft guide, at elevatecharter.com/aircraft-guide. This month we go big with a look at French business aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation and their long-running Falcon 900 series.

With exceptional performance and greater comfort than many others in its class, the large cabin Falcon 900 is a treat to fly on. Its success has spurred development of even larger and longer range models.

Dassault Aviation traces its roots back to 1929. For three decades the aircraft manufacturer produced only military aircraft. Production of their first business aircraft, the Falcon 20, began in the early 1960s as a response to a French government request for a military liaison and trainer aircraft. The super-midsize Falcon 50, the first business tri-jet (meaning three-engines) was in service by 1980 and had the distinction of being one of the few mid-size business aircraft with trans-continental capabilities at the time.

The large cabin Falcon 900 is a development of the Falcon 50, retaining the unique tri-jet design with increased range of up to 4,750 nautical miles (over 5,400 miles). This enables the aircraft to operate at full capacity between Europe and major points in North America in both directions without a fuel stop. The Falcon 900’s range gives it an advantage over other large cabin business jets in its class.

Range is only part of the story behind this versatile business aircraft. With three-engine power and lightweight design, the Falcon 900 gets into and out of many airports with shorter runways that otherwise handcuff twin engine business jets in the same category. It even burns less fuel while doing so, roughly 40% less when compared to competitors.

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Dassault Aviation photo

The cabin of the Falcon 900 is quite comfortable, with a nearly 8 foot cross section, and over 6 foot high ceiling. A hallmark of the larger Falcons, there are 24 closely-spaced windows that help fill the cabin with abundant natural light. The aircraft seats between 12 and 14 passengers. Typical arrangements are a single club seating area up front, followed by a four-place conference seating area, and two divans at the rear (or one divan and additional single seats). The rear cabin section can be closed off creating additional privacy. Seats can convert to beds allowing the Falcon 900 to sleep 5. The galley on the Falcon 900 is slightly smaller than on some other large cabin business jets but gets the job done with hot and cold running water, a convection/microwave oven, ice drawer and stowage areas. A unique feature, cabin environmental and entertainment controls are located within each seat’s armrests, allowing passengers to seamlessly adjust settings from the comfort of their seat.

A comfortable ride high above the weather is ensured as the Falcon 900 can reach an altitude of 51,000 feet, well above the commercial traffic. The aircraft can also reach speeds of up to Mach .85, or 85% of the speed of sound.

There have been 5 variants of the Falcon 900 since inception in the mid 1980s. These include the 900EX which is a longer range version of the original model that entered service in the late 1990s, and the current in-production model since 2010 the 900LX.

Newer ultra long range aircraft models produced by Dassault include the Falcon 7x and 8x. These aircraft are themselves derivatives of the highly popular Falcon 900 series which has sold in excess of 500 aircraft to date.

Video credit: AINtv

What's In A Name?

From private air charter to shared flights, ELEVATE brings the latest technology and fresh ideas together to create experiences that wow our customers. Our aim: Grow the air charter market and introduce more people to the best way to fly! We’ll change the way you think of private aviation. That’s why we’re calling ourselves ELEVATE Innovation. Change the way you fly! We look forward to welcoming you aboard soon.

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Chartering For Families With Young Kids

Should I Charter a Private Plane if I Have Children?

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Traveling with young children can present unique challenges. Young kids aren’t known for being particularly quiet or patient, and the traditional commercial flight routine of long lines, significant wait times and small, contained spaces isn’t exactly kid-friendly. You could book first class tickets to give your family a little extra leg room, but that’s often frowned upon by other premium-paying passengers. Some airlines have been known to remove loud children or crying infants from the first class section of a plane, even when those seats were paid for - a choice that’s been earned mixed reviews from travelers.

Travel and Leisure magazine addressed this debate last year, with writer Cailey Rizzo commenting, “The issue of children in first class is a prickly one. Often, parents buy first class tickets to have more room with their child. However, other first class passengers are often paying premium to avoid the trials of the economy cabin, like sitting next to crying children.” There will certainly be varied opinions on the ethics and appropriate handling of this matter, but one thing is certain: as a young family, it’s a lot less stress to travel privately.

Here are some of the many ways private air travel benefits families with young children.


You can plan around your family’s schedule

Want an early morning flight or something that leaves right after naptime? You got it. Would you prefer to fly overnight so your kids will sleep en route? We can arrange for an evening flight and a comfortable aircraft that meets your needs. Some families request a bassinet or even proper beds, while those booking daytime flights may want a table for dining or playing games. Anything is possible, so tell us your needs or ask us for recommendations for your family.


More flexibility makes for happier kids (and parents)

With private flight, you don’t just choose the schedule - you select the food (yes your kids can have their favorite pasta dish any time they want it), the in-flight entertainment (bring your own dvds or choose something from the on board library), the amenities and the seating arrangement (among other things). Many aircraft allow your kids to move around the cabin throughout the flight, and some have common spaces with tables, couches or other comfortable areas to gather. Several private charter aircraft offer spacious private washrooms, fully-reclining seats or even full-size beds on-board the plane.


You’ll experience privacy instead of stress

In an ideal situation, your family will enjoy a quiet, peaceful flight on-board a luxurious, well-appointed private plane. That said, even if a baby or young child is fussy throughout the flight, you’ll have no one to answer to. Gone is the stress of managing your children’s noise level for the comfort of others - when you fly private, it’s all about your family.

Different Options For Tighter Budgets

For families looking to economize, consider mixing commercial flights and private charter. For example, perhaps you’re planning a family remote island getaway (e.g. Bahamas or Caribbean out islands). It may be convenient to travel by airline to a nearby hub, and then fly privately for the last hop directly to your vacation paradise. Almost every island has its own air strip, with most reachable only by private charter. Your kids will appreciate breaking the trip up so they can stretch their legs, and everyone will benefit from the convenience of landing close to your final destination.


Why not make family travel a dream instead of a nightmare? To get a private charter quote for your next trip, please contact us for a quote.


Monaco F1 Trackside Superyacht and Luxury Jet Experience

The 2019 F1 season is about to begin. If you’re someone who appreciates fast cars, luxury travel and one-of-a-kind, bucket list life experiences, we’ve got something for you. In partnership with My Yacht Group, ELEVATE is pleased to offer unique, immersive travel packages to the 77th Monaco Grand Prix taking place from May 23rd to 26th, 2019.

Get close to the action in Monaco and experience unparalleled luxury. Let ELEVATE take you there.

Get close to the action in Monaco and experience unparalleled luxury. Let ELEVATE take you there.

This sophisticated offering takes you to Monaco in style on one of our incredible jets. Travelers will then enjoy an unparalleled weekend of world-class F1 racing, parties, socializing and networking on board a private superyacht moored in a prime trackside berth on Quay Kennedy. Relax and enjoy luxury hospitality, fine foods and wine, champagne and open bar throughout, as the professional crew provides the highest level of service, you mix and mingle with like-minded company, and the cars whizz by only a few feet away!

In addition to the thrill of all the daytime racing action, guests will attend My Yacht’s 14th annual Friday night charity reception and party on board a 70 meter superyacht. This event is traditionally attended by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco as well as many celebrities and other distinguished guests of the Grand Prix weekend, including Olympians, Fortune 500 CEOs, astronauts, models, and more. The evening includes dancing, fine food, drinks, silent auction, and entertainment that lasts well into the night.

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Given the yacht’s location ‘on the track’, daytime access to the yacht is via private, high-powered speedboats (up to 70mph!) that afford an incredible view of Monaco, the harbor, the Royal Palace, plus all the yachts at anchor in the bay. A spectacular view!

ELEVATE can facilitate all of your Monaco needs including access to officially ‘sold out’ hotel rooms, VIP reservations at restaurants and nightclubs, plus ground transportation in / around the Principality of Monaco. Whether you’re planning a couple’s getaway, a weekend with friends or the most incredible bachelor party ever, the Monaco F1 Trackside SuperYacht Experience is truly the height of luxury, whether you’re a race fan or not.

Travel with ELEVATE on board a Falcon 900EX jet, or allow us to arrange a private charter. We’ll work with you to find the ideal aircraft and create a seamless, stress-free experience from start to finish.

Monaco is a must-see for any world traveler and if the Grand Prix is on your bucket list, this is how to see it. May is only weeks away and the races are calling...will you be there?

Contact us by phone or email for pricing of this unique offering. Learn more here or click on the “inquire” link below.

INTRODUCING REGULAR SPECIALS- Luxury Flights Sold “Buy The Seat”.

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You already know about our winter-long flights between New York and South Florida where you can fly in luxury and pay by the seat. Now you can also take advantage of similar offers between other cities year-round. Purchase individual seats on luxury private jets and save! No membership required.

Visit us frequently here at elevatecharter.com and click on “SPECIALS” from the menu bar.

Recent Specials:

March 10: Los Angeles (Van Nuys), CA to Maui.

March 14: Orange County, CA to Palm Beach, FL on board a Gulfstream V, $2,450 per seat all-in.

More great specials buy the seat, coming up. Check back regularly.

Reservations are subject to availability and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. ELEVATE offers Public Charters for which MemberJets acts as principal in buying and reselling the air transportation. The price displayed is for a single seat on a shared flight. Flights are MemberJets public charters operated by Prime Jet, an FAA-certificated air carrier.

The Time Machine

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Flying private allows you to go anywhere when you need to so you can get business done and be there for those who matter.

Watch our latest ad below! How will you use your time machine?

In this time-starved world, flying private saves you time. There are those times when it can be invaluable.

"Jet-Ski !" - 4 Ski Destinations That Are Worth the Trip

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If you’re an avid skier or snowboarder living in North America, you’ve probably experienced the best of this part of the world: Alberta, British Columbia, Colorado, Vermont and the like. While places like Aspen, Telluride or Revelstoke make for a great vacation, there are some spectacular international ski destinations that are well worth the trip abroad. Here are five mountains you’ll have to see to believe.

Zinal, Switzerland

Even with an abundance of choice in the Swiss Alps, Zinal remains truly special. The resort lies amongst the up to 4000 metre high peaks of the Weisshorn, Bishorn, Zinalrothorn, Obergabelhorn, Matterhorn and Dent Blanche. The Zinal glacier provides opportunity for spectacular hiking and snowshoeing as well as ice-climbing on frozen waterfalls. Zinal’s village is charming yet more modern than many accomodations in the region, and historical charm still abounds. Visit a 17th century farmhouse and chalet, explore a centuries-old cheese cellar or travel into the mountain itself with a copper mine adventure. The food and drink is lovely, and the skiing is everything you’d dream of in a Swiss resort. Let ELEVATE arrange your flight into nearby Sion. Switzerland, under one hour away.

Niseko, Japan

Niseko calls itself ‘Japan’s best ski resort’ and very few would argue otherwise. It’s actually four resorts called Niseko United surrounding one shared mountain range known for its incredible powder. Niseko is visually stunning and offers a variety of ski terrains, from steeps to woods. The runs are long and scenic, and multiple resorts means a variety of housing options and amenities. There are accommodations suitable to couples, families and large groups, and plenty of additional activities like hiking, snowshoeing, snow-rafting and even reindeer sledding (yes, with genuine reindeer). The nearest airport is in Sapporo. Let ELEVATE take you there!

Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

You can’t go wrong with a trip to Italy, but skiing Cortina in the dolomites is particularly magical. The region became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009 due to the mountains’ unique formation and exceptional beauty, including many lakes and waterfalls in addition to the famed mountainscape. The resort itself is stunning and offers a wide variety of shops, restaurants, outdoor activities, museums, historical sights and other attractions. There is a large natural park that makes for spectacular hiking or photography. Guests will love the resort’s three separate-but-joined ski areas, which are connected by a complimentary ski-bus requiring only one lift pass. ELEVATE can fly you into either Bolzano, Treviso, or Innsbruck.

Val d’Isère, France

Nestled in France's Upper Tarentaise Valley, Val d’Isère has three distinct sectors with different characteristics: high-altitude glacial zones, very steep couloirs and powder-filled bowls. This is a world-class resort with fantastic accommodations as well as interesting, challenging terrain for advanced skiers as well as gentler runs for beginner and intermediate guests. It’s as picturesque as you’d imagine the French Alps to be and offers excellent dining, shopping and nightlife. Val d’Isère also boasts many outdoor adventures and exceptional spa facilities. ELEVATE can arrange your flight into Chambery, France.

Ready to hit the slopes? If you’d like a quote on private air travel to these or other destinations, please contact us for a no obligation quote.

The Embraer Phenom 100

We feature popular aircraft available for private charter on a regular basis. For a complete directory please visit our extensive aircraft guide, at elevatecharter.com/aircraft-guide. Following our look inside one of the industry’s timeless business aircraft, this month we turn our attention to one of the newer jets on the market and a reminder that big things often come in small packages.

The Embraer Phenom 100 is a little dynamo of sorts. Introduced in 2005 and first delivered three years later, Brazilian based Embraer recently celebrated the tenth anniversary of its first Phenom 100 delivery. 364 aircraft were delivered to the middle of 2018.

The Embraer Phenom 100.

The Embraer Phenom 100.

Hot almost straight out of the gate, more Phenom 100s were delivered than any other business aircraft two years after certification. That’s an impressive feat for a jet that seats just 4 passengers (5 with the belted lavatory seat, and up to 6 in a single-pilot operation). The Phenom was the first entry-level or “very light jet” to change perceptions that small jet = small cabin.

Approaching the Phenom 100 one is surprised by the size of what is after all a typically 4-seater aircraft.

Approaching the Phenom 100 one is surprised by the size of what is after all a typically 4-seater aircraft.

The short stubby design may have you fooled until you walk on board. The cabin height is an impressive 5.1 feet, the windows large to permit an abundance of natural light. The Phenom also features a fully private lavatory in the rear of the cabin with a rigid door. The cabin and seating arrangements were designed by BMW DesignworksUSA and feature large high-back chairs. A wardrobe is interchangeable with a refreshment center. There are separate climate zones for crew and passengers with personal air conditioning vents, and two power outlets. In back the aircraft’s baggage compartment can fit four sets of golf bags or two pairs of skis, four carry-on bags, four garment bags and four laptop bags.

Tall seats and an interior designed by BMW make the Phenom 100 quite comfortable overall.

Tall seats and an interior designed by BMW make the Phenom 100 quite comfortable overall.

Performance is naturally a compromise for a jet of this size. The aircraft can reach 41,000 feet, flying above most of the weather and air traffic. Range is limited at 1,356 miles (1,178 nautical miles) with 4 passengers, but then this is not an aircraft you’d want to sit in for more than a couple of hours anyhow. But since the aircraft can depart from airports with runways as short as 3,190 feet this jet can get you into and out of places most others cannot. Getting to 41,000 feet with 4 passengers typically takes around 30 minutes (the latest variant, the 100EV cuts that down to 25 minutes). The aircraft travels at 448 mph, or about 70% of the speed of sound (a typical commercial jet can do around 80% of the speed of sound, and larger business jets even faster). This reminds the passenger that for all of the Phenom’s passenger-friendly amenities and airport advantages it was never designed to be all things to all people.

Our recent flight in the Phenom 100 tested the aircraft’s range. We stopped for fuel enroute and cooled our heals while the brakes cooled for about 45 minutes. This is typical procedure for aircraft that do not have built-in thrust-reversers, a mechanism common to most larger jets that helps slow the aircraft on landing and take stress off the brakes. Newer variants have incorporated multifunction wing spoilers to help out some.

Still, the Phenom is an impressive little aircraft. We couldn’t get over the new plane smell (yes, similar to new car smell) and ergonomically designed cabin that was sufficiently quiet in flight. For short flights with up to 4 passengers we kept asking, why spend the money to go larger? But that’s an entirely different debate.

New York - Ft. Lauderdale By Luxury Jet. Pay by the Seat.

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New York - Ft. Lauderdale In Comfort and Style

During March and April take off on board a luxury business jet between New York Teterboro (NJ) Airport and Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood Intl Airport. Flights operate up to 4 times weekly.

Luxury Charter Flights - Priced By The Seat

Save time. Be more productive or just relax. Stay connected. Enjoy a premium on board experience. Connect with like-minded travelers. Save money. With our new luxury flight offering you get many of the benefits of private air travel without the private charter price tag. Its one more option you have.

Imagine being able to fly in a large cabin business jet at a fraction of the cost of charter. This may be your opportunity to experience private aviation for the first time.

Top Notch Experience In The Air And On The Ground

On board a VIP-configured Gulfstream IV-SP jet*, end-to-end service features include:

  • Experienced on-board cabin attendant;

  • Complimentary snacks, soft drinks, beer and wine;

  • Complimentary in-flight WiFi;

  • Multiple outlets and USB charging station; and

  • Optional hot meal service

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The Best Of Private Air Travel

All of the above come bundled with many of the benefits you would expect from private aviation. From private terminals and the absence of cumbersome security checkpoints, to the flexibility of arriving just minutes before your flight, let yourself be moved.

We Make It Easy

Best of all we offer this service with no membership fees or other up-front commitments. Purchase your seat now at elevatecharter.com. Flights are available until the end of April.

Reservations are subject to availability and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. ELEVATE offers Public Charters for which MemberJets acts as principal in buying and reselling the air transportation. All flights are performed by FAA-licensed and DOT-registered air carriers. Prices displayed above are for a single seat on a shared flight. TEB – FLL flights are MemberJets public charters operated by Prime Jet.

*The public charter operator reserves the right to provide substitute aircraft when necessary.

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