07 Apr Manchester to Tenerife on a Hawker 900XP
This private jet charter flight was for a regular client of Falcona. As it was a surprise flight for the lead clients wife, we set up the lounge for their arrival with balloons and champagne. Being based at Signature, this allows us to work with the ground handling team in organising a welcome.
Our clients wanted to fly from Manchester to Tenerife for a five days. As there was six travelling in the party we sourced an aircraft that would be able to do the flight non-stop.
They were not specific about the type of aircraft that they wanted to charter, so Falcona suggested three different types of jets that would be most suitable.
The Embraer Legacy 500, Hawker 900XP and the Citation Sovereign. Our clients chose to charter the Hawker 900XP aircraft. Having worked with the operator before and had viewed the aircraft previously the choice was a simple one.
The Hawker 900XP delivers an unrivalled combination of range, speed, payload and comfort.
The Hawker 900XP can travel 2,800nm carrying up to eight passengers and their luggage in comfort.This aircraft is the latest variant of the Hawker 125-series with excellent efficiencies and enhancements. The Honeywell engines are the newest generation and provide more take-off and cruise thrust whilst reducing fuel burn.
The cabin headroom is 5 feet, 9 inches, and the cabin is 6 feet wide at the widest point. The cabin floor is not interrupted by a wing spar carry-through.
The cabin is typically fitted with five swivelling, reclining chairs and a three-place divan. There is a totally private and comfortably large potty in the aft cabin, and a roomy galley with cold storage and microwave forward.
The one issue we have with the Hawker cabin is that there is no external baggage compartment. There is a 33.4-cubic-foot baggage compartment on the right side of the cabin just as you enter the door. And in the 900XP, another baggage compartment just ahead of the lavatory in the aft cabin has been expanded to 16.1 cubic feet. With a 604 cubic ft. cabin, the aircraft surpasses all others in its class.
Our clients arrived at the private terminal 50 minutes prior to their flight. They were met by the staff at Manchester and taken through into the lounge area, where they were able to relax and enjoy the champagne and cupcakes whilst waiting to be screened.
Because the aircraft is over 10 tonnes the flight needs to go through a full security screening process at Manchester Airport. With the luggage having to be stored on the aircraft as you walk into the Hawker 900XP we recommended that the clients bring soft bags and small to medium sized cases.
A representative from Falcona, met with all the passengers to make sure everything was ok, before the captain came in and told them they were ready for screening. The screening process was swift and efficient, as it’s only the travelling party that goes through. All the passengers were escorted to the aircraft by a member of staff at the terminal.
The same process for the flight home, Falcona kept in touch with clients to make sure that the passengers were at the airport on time. The flight home for the six passengers was a smooth flight arriving back in Manchester around 6.30pm where they were met by their driver. Once the luggage was unloaded they were on their way home.
Clients were extremely happy with the aircraft, crew and the whole flight experience. Special mention for all the crew and they would happily fly with the operators on that aircraft again. Until the next time….