When it comes to impressive gestures for Valentine’s Day, being whisked away for a private jet or helicopter flight takes some beating.
With February 14th fast approaching, here’s a (misty-eyed) look back at some romantic private flights we’ve arranged – and how to recreate them.
Whether it’s for Valentine’s Day, a wedding proposal, anniversary or other special occasion, our Flight Team can help bring your bespoke romantic flight to life. Contact us (24 hours) on +44 1747 642 777.
Las Vegas Anniversary Descent
One of our clients came to us wanting to fly her husband to Las Vegas for a surprise weekend away, to celebrate their 5th wedding anniversary. The couple, who live in New York, had met there almost 10 years beforehand, but hadn’t been back together since. So she wanted to make it an extra special occasion.
Having a twilight view of Las Vegas as they came into land was very important to her, so the Flight Team worked out the optimum flight times to make that happen and briefed the crew to make sure they had the best possible view.
The team also helped to suggest some hotels in the area and organised a luxury chauffeur driven car to be waiting for them at Las Vegas McCarran airport. And as an extra surprise for them both, we arranged for champagne and a special anniversary cake to be waiting onboard the Citation XLS aircraft when they arrived at New York’s Teterboro airport.
The couple were both thrilled and had a magical weekend away, with a clear view of the lights of Las Vegas as they came into land. We’re looking forward to flying them there again in another 5 years!
New York – Las Vegas (3-night return) on a Citation XLS
Flight time: 5 hours 20 mins
Estimate cost: $39,500 / £26,000
London Helicopter Proposal
Our client Gary Banks contacted us iwith an exciting plan. He wanted to take his partner Louise on a scenic helicopter flight on New Year’s Eve, culminating in making a marriage proposal. We discussed a few options with him, before recommending a helicopter sightseeing flight from Redhill, in a Robinson R44 helicopter, over the iconic sights of London.
Gary commented “I wanted to make it an extra-special day to remember. It took some sneaking around but the perfect plan came together. The PrivateFly team worked tirelessly to make sure everything ran smoothly and efficiently without me having to worry about a thing, to the point of even ringing the helicopter company whilst we were there to check we’d arrived. And most importantly she said yes!”.
London helicopter tour
A private helicopter for two, including champagne, following the river Thames and seeing sights such as Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, The London Eye.
Estimate cost: From £600 for two people (35 min in an EC 120 Eurocopter).
The Ultimate Italian Lunch Date
We were delighted to be able to help arrange a romantic lunch date for some clients back in the spring. The couple were planning to celebrate a special birthday in style, by flying to Italy for lunch and returning again that evening.
After taking a Citation Mustang private jet from London Biggin Hill airport to Milan Linate airport, the couple transferred to an Agusta A109S helicopter for the 25 minute journey to the family-run restaurant dal Pescatore, in the small village of Runate in the north of Italy.
The restaurant has its own private grass helipad, so they were able to land onsite. After a long and leisurely lunch, the the clients were flown back in the helicopter to Milan, where the private jet was waiting to fly them back to London Biggin Hill, close to their home in Kent.
London Biggin Hill – Milan Linate (day return) on a Cessna 510 Mustang
Flight time: 1 hour 50 mins
Estimate cost: £6,300 / €8,300
Agusta A109S helicopter transfer Milan – Runate Cessna
Estimate cost: €3,200
Surprise Hen Trip To Paris
It’s fairly unusual for the bridegroom-to-be to organise the hen night. But our client made contact with a plan to surprise his wife-to-be and the rest of her hen party – with a VIP day trip to Paris.
The group of 8, all based in Surrey, were told to keep the day free and had been asked to supply their passport details in advance, but the rest was a closely guarded secret. We arranged for a limo to collect them and take them to nearly Fairoaks airport. After driving directly to the steps of their executive King Air aircraft, the group were whisked directly to Paris Le Bourget airport and spend the day and evening in the French capital before returning home that night.
Not having booked a private jet before, the client came to us by searching for flights on the PrivateFly app. He commented that he knew this would mean his fiancee would have to marry him – and he would acquire hero status with her best friends too. So it was well making the extra effort!
Fairoaks – Paris Le Bourget (day return) on a Beech BE200 Super King Air
Flight time: 1 hour 5 mins
Estimate cost: £3,500 / €4,700
Memories in Marrakesh
We flew two retired couples on a Citation XLS private jet, from their home city of Paris to Marrakesh.
Not such an unusual flight for us. But the reason for their flight was quite extraordinary: The couples had met there in 1955, while the gentlemen were serving in the French Air Force, and their wives-to-be were both working for a French news agency.
The couples have remained close friends since, and the nostalgic celebration trip by private jet was arranged for one of the group’s 80th birthdays.
Paris – Marrakesh (2-night return) on a Citation XLS
Flight time: 3 hours
Estimate cost: £21,600 / €28,800
Whatever the occasion, to create your own bespoke romantic flight experience contact our Flight Team (24 hours) on +44 1747 642 777.