Albany, NY to Birmingham, UK

Falcona organised a one way private jet charter flight from Albany, New York to Birmingham, UK on a super mid-size Embraer Praetor 600. The purpose of the flight was for the passengers to visit relatives.


Once we had the enquiry from our website, we sent a couple of suitable aircraft quotes to the client. The aircraft we chose were a Embraer Praetor 600 and a Bombardier Global 6000, with both aircraft being able to do the flight direct.

Client – “I saw on your website the precautions being taken for COVID 19. If you are just a broker, how do you enforce all precautions. Is the crew vaccinated or tested before flight?

Falcona – Yes we’re a charter broker. We can’t enforce it, however all the operators crew that we use are tested prior to flights as in their charter operator protocols. It’s the same for crew and passengers.

Client – I am interested in Praetor 600. Does the quote include all expenses ? We do not need catering. Do you accept American Express?

Falcona – ” Yes the quote is all inclusive, as stated things such as car transfers, de-icing etc are not. Yes catering is included. Payment is via bank transfer to our account (HSBC UK).

Are you still interested in the aircraft? We can secure the aircraft for you tomorrow. Although bank transfer is preferred we’re just waiting to see what the charges are for AMEX payments from accounts.

Do you have any further questions?

It’s a great aircraft, we recently did a charter flight on it from Manchester to NY (Teterboro) at the end of March.

Client – Can you share info on aircraft operator and safety record. Did the flight from Manchester to NY go nonstop because of the headwinds?

Falcona – Once you have booked we will send the final aircraft details inc tail number and the private jet terminal meeting points. The operator is UK based and has an impeccable safety record.

All their UK pilots hold a full Airline Transport Pilot Licence and CLASS 1 medical certificate and their training syllabus includes ongoing training, far beyond the minimum regulatory standard.

All pilots undergo Recurrent Simulator Training and revalidate their type ratings every six months.

Pilot Minimum Qualifications: > 1,500 fixed-wing flight hours

Airport Transport Pilot License > Class One Medical Certificate.

Certificate Number: GB ****.

Yes it was direct flight 6 hours 55 minutes.

Client – Hi OK. Got it. I think we will go ahead. I am going for get tested within the hour. Should have result in ½ hr, we have our own lab. My wife will get tested 2.30 pm. I don’t see any reason that it should be positive, but that is requirement.

Falcona – Ok great, i will double check availability with them now and send over a DocuSign agreement, whilst you’re getting your PCR Test.  Once you’ve done that I can secure the aircraft for you right away.

Client –  I am getting both antigen and PCR test. Antigen report will be quick.

Falcona – Thank you for confirming your flight booking with Falcona Private Jets. Kindly provide us with full passenger passport details picture via (WhatsApp, text or email and mention any specific catering and service requirements to us.

It is the sole responsibility of passengers to clarify in good time, the testing requirements needed for their destination, as the situation is changing all the time. Check on the UK.Gov website for foreign travel advice and entry requirements.

We will provide you with a full flight brief at least 24-48 hours before departure. We look forward to welcoming you on-board.

What is your nationality please?

Entry requirements – Negative PCR Test and UK PLF (Passenger Locator Form) –

PCR Test 72 hours is the one needed.

Client – I should have both by tomorrow am.

Falcona – Can you let me have passport pictures/details soon as possible and can you confirm you both have only been in the US in the last 10 day.

Client – Yes, no travel out side of New York State in last 6 months.

Falcona – Passports well received. Please find your flight brief attached. Check details. Just let me know about which credit card you want to use, soon as possible.

Client – Will have PCR tomorrow am. PCR tests are negative. Here are the passenger locator forms done by my parents.

Falcona – All set for tomorrow.  If you can get to the FBO (private terminal) Million Air 16 Jetway Drive Albany NY 12211 for 05:30am at the latest. You will be met by the staff and your pilots. Yes there is Wi-FI onboard.


Once everything was booked and payment was made by the client, the aircraft flew from Bologna to London, where a crew change was made. The aircraft positioned to Albany the day before departure and arrived in the US for around 14:00 local time.

We spoke to the FBO at Albany to make sure that all was ok and they recommended that the passengers arrive at 05:30 where their staff and pilots will check them in and escort them to their aircraft.

As always we kept in touch with our passengers to check that they were on time and boarded the aircraft. We also sent their relatives in the UK details of the terminal in Birmingham to pick them up. For security reasons, we just needed the make and model of the car and the registration.


Itinerary

Aircraft: Embraer Praetor 600

Tail: G-**** (2020)

Distance: 2848 nm


Outbound

Albany: (KALB)
Departure Time: 06:00 local
Flight Time: 06:55

Passengers: 2 

Birmingham: (EGBB)
Arrival Time: 16:55 local


Handling Agents

Albany 

Handling Agent: Million Air Albany

Birmingham:

Handling Agent: XLR Executive Jet Centre


Transportation

Albany: N/A
Birmingham: Passengers family meeting at the terminal.

Catering

VIP Vegetarian menu suitable to the time of day.


Operational Notes

Before you leave for the UK

Check what you’ll need to do before you leave for the UK.

You cannot currently enter the UK if you’ve been in or through a country on the banned travel list (sometimes known as the ‘red list’) in the last 10 days, unless you’re British, Irish or you have the right to live in the UK.

Before you travel to the UK, you must:

  • book 2 coronavirus (COVID-19) tests for when you quarantine in the UK, unless your job means you’re exempt
  • provide your contact details by completing the online passenger locator form
  • provide proof of a negative coronavirus test before you leave for the UK

You’ll be committing a criminal offence if you do not have proof of a negative test or you have not completed the passenger locator form. You may be fined. You may not be allowed to board. If you are not British or Irish, you may not be allowed to enter the UK.


Book your coronavirus tests and find out how to quarantine

If you’re travelling to England you must:

  • take 2 coronavirus tests when you quarantine in England, unless your job means you’re exempt – you’ll need to book these before you travel
  • either quarantine in the place you’re staying or in a managed quarantine hotel for 10 days when you arrive in England

What you need to do depends on whether you travel in or through one of the countries on the banned travel list (‘red list’).

If you travel in or through a country on the banned travel list

If you travel in or through a country on the list in the 10 days before you arrive in England, you’ll need to make a booking to quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel. Your hotel booking will include 2 coronavirus tests.

Find out how to book a managed quarantine hotel package.

If you do not travel in or through a country on the banned travel list

If you do not travel in or through a country on the list in the 10 days before you arrive in England, you’ll need to quarantine in the place you’re staying. Find out how to quarantine and book your coronavirus tests.

You may be able to end your quarantine early by booking a third coronavirus test through Test to Release.


Complete the passenger locator form

You need to provide your journey and contact details in the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK. You must do this by completing the online passenger locator form.

You’ll need to show your completed passenger locator form when you check in to travel or board your plane, train or ferry.

You’ll also need to show proof that you’ve completed the form when you arrive at the UK border.

Provide a negative coronavirus test to travel to the UK

You must have proof of a negative coronavirus test to travel to the UK – even if you’re a UK citizen.

If your test result is positive you must not travel. You must follow the local coronavirus rules and guidance.

The test must be taken in the 3 days before you depart. The results must be in English, French or Spanish.

You’ll need to show the test results when you check in to travel or board your plane, train or ferry. You may also be asked to show them when you arrive.


Aircraft

The Praetor 600 amazes passengers with its inviting cabin with a 1.83 m ceiling, flat floor, and fully equipped galley, convenient restroom with wardrobe and cabin luggage storage. With seats that transform to four flat beds, the Praetor 600 is the ideal airplane for long flights, while it can also easily land on runways as short as 3,000 feet.

Praetor 600

During the flight, the ultra-quiet cabin is perfect for conversation, resting, or working.

With best-in-class cabin altitude of 5,800 feet, you will arrive feeling fresh and rested. The special turbulence-reduction feature will take care of a smooth journey.

State-of-the-art airliner equipment assures a safe flight with the highest technology standards.

4 passenger club arrangement plus 2 club seats plus 3-seat divan. Galley with oven/microwave, coffee maker, refrigerator and CA seat 4 passenger club arrangement plus 2 club seats plus 3-seat divan. Stone floor on entrance/galley and lavatory floors


Client Review

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