03 May Birmingham to USA
Falcona organised a last minute private jet charter flight from Birmingham to New York for a couple on a ultra long range Bombardier Global Express.
The aircraft positioned into Birmingham Airport from London Luton Airport one hour prior to departure.
We kept in touch with the operator and crew on the morning of the flight before departure, to make sure all was ok and we also met our passengers.
On their arrival at the airport our passengers were escorted to the lounge and their documents were checked and verified by the staff at XLR.
Security Screening: As it was a last minute flight and on a Bank Holiday, we had to wait for confirmation from the handling agent whether the screening team would be able to do the flight.
We got confirmation first thing in the morning that they has a full team required, to screen the flight for us. Great work from them all and we were extremely grateful.
Landing Permits: As Albany Airport does not have international arrivals, we had to apply for landing rights , however the CBP were closed. So it was suggested that we contacted them first thing in the morning US time when they opened at 08:00 local.
We moved the departure time from 10:00 local to 13:00 local in order to give us time to get an answer.
We finally got the confirmation of the landing permits, 30 minutes after the scheduled departure time.
Once we got the confirmation, our passengers were able to go through security screening swiftly and they then boarded the aircraft.
Aircraft: Bombardier Global Express
Distance: 2848 nm
Departure Time: 13:00 loc
Flight time: 6:30
Arrival Time: 15:00 loc
Handling Agent: XLR Executive
Handling Agent: Millionair
VIP vegetarian catering suitable to the time of day.
All vegetarian – Please make sure that the catering contains no pork or alcohol.
If you’re fully vaccinated
Most fully vaccinated foreign citizens can enter the USA. The US authorities will accept any COVID-19 vaccine approved for emergency use by the World Health Organisation or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
These are the AstraZeneca, BIBP/Sinopharm, Covishield, Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinovac vaccines. In addition, those who have received the full series of an active (not placebo) COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca or Novavax COVID-19 vaccine trials are considered vaccinated.
More details are on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and US Embassy websites. British nationals planning to travel to the USA should familiarise themselves with the new requirements on the CDC website before booking any travel.
All current visa holders based in the USA who leave the country and then re-enter will need to follow the vaccine entry requirements unless they have an exception. This includes students on F-1 and M-1 visas and those previously issued with an existing National Interest Exception. Further information is on the US Embassy website.
Before boarding a flight to the USA, most passengers – regardless of vaccination status – are required to show a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 1 day before travel. All air passengers to the USA are also required to provide contact information to their airlines before boarding.
You should check with your airline before you travel for more details. Full requirements for pre-travel testing can be found on the CDC website. Children under 2 years old do not need to test.
Upon arrival, fully vaccinated travellers:
- do not have to quarantine
- are recommended to take a viral test within 3 to 5 days of arrival in the US.
If you have recovered from a documented COVID-19 infection within the past 90 days (regardless of vaccination status):
- you do not need to get a test 3 to 5 days after travel
Proof of vaccination status
The USA will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record and proof of COVID-19 vaccination issued in the Crown Dependencies. Your final vaccine dose must have been administered at least 14 days prior to travel. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
The CDC website lists the forms of acceptable proof of COVID-19 status. This also includes the European Union Digital COVID Certificate. Other accepted methods of proof include a printout of a COVID-19 vaccination record or a COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued at national or subnational level or by an authorized vaccine provider.
Bombardier Global Express
The Global Express sets a new world standard for performance, range, speed, safety and comfort. A full array of sophisticated, next-generation technology improves pilot situational awareness and enhances safety. It can accommodate up to 13 passengers in three cabin sections.
The ultra-long-range Bombardier Global Express offers passengers a large spacious cabin with three distinct cabin areas.
A forward double-club is perfect for meetings or relaxing. The center cabin provides a four-place conference or dining table across from two captains chairs.
The aft-cabin is highlighted by the three-place divan across from two wide captains chairs. Each cabin are can be converted into a sleeping configurations allowing passengers to gracefully move from work to sleep to a fine meal or entertainment during a long flight.
27 large windows shower the cabin with natural light, and the 100 percent fresh-air system and a low cabin altitude to help reduce fatigue on long ﬂights.
From the moment you step onboard the Global Express, you’ll notice the expansive cabin, individual cabin controls at every seat, high-deﬁnition entertainment system, satellite phone, as well as WiFi internet service.
The cabin of the Bombardier Global Express takes you to the lap of luxury, with room for 13 passengers the aircraft boasts large chairs furnished in soft leather, that optimise the opportunity to relax on long transcontinental trips.
“Crew were excellent and professional”
Please note: Prices shown are estimated prices for charter of whole aircraft – alternative routes, aircraft and airports are also available upon request.