June, 2020A Queenstown developers launching a private jet aircraft service from
Australias east coast to the resort once the travel bans lifted.
Gold Coast-based Kevin Carlin claims itll be a flyer with well-heeled
travellers seeking more sanitary transport in the post-Covid era.
Carlin had already intended chartering a service for Aussies coming to
his six-star boutique hotel, Queenstown Views Villa, opening next
But he still believes therell be enough demand for at least weekly
Queenstown flights once the trans-Tasman travel bubbles in place in
the next few months.
From flying regularly across the ditch, Carlins met a lot of
Queenslanders who own $3 million to $5m holiday homes in
Those people can afford a more sanitary private jet service if its
shared with a group of 12 other passengers.
His New Zealand-registered company, Private Jets Ltd, will charter a
Gold Coast-based Dassault Falcon 900.
Due to his association with the aircraft and a pilot, Carlin says the fare
will be closer to cost-price than most others air services.
The cherry on the top, he says, is therell be no commission fee.
If the planes full with two pilots, a flight attendant and 13
passengers he estimates the one-way fare from the Gold Coast or
Brisbane will be $A2700, though rates will be adjusted to reflect fuel
costs and airport fees, including parking charges, at the time.
Flights will also run on demand from Sydney and Melbourne.
Business class used to be as much as $1600, but airlines will have to
raise their fares due to lower occupancy.
Carlin adds his price includes superior-quality food and beverages,
and airport pick-ups in Queenstown.
In light of Covid-19, he says I dont want to go through commercial
airports or commercial
I think this virus has left a bad taste in many peoples mouths about
public transport, and the airlines really are public transport, arent
The jets divided into compartments seating three, four and six
passengers, with ample
spacing between them.
It will also be fogged and cleaned before every flight, and everyone
gets temperature-checked before boarding.
The beauty is you dont have to go through the airport terminal the
Customs agent comes into the private jet lounge.
Depending how long its parked up at Queenstown Airport, Carlin says
the plane can also take passengers down from Auckland and Wellington
the Auckland-Queenstown fare would be about $A1500, plus GST.
A former American, Carlins been associated with Queenstown since
1991, when he bought land for his Lakeside Estates subdivision.
He also developed The Waterfront apartments in the 90s.
In recent times, hes been development partner with Augusta Capital for
a planned 61-room hotel in central Queenstown.
Thats now been deferred, however his nine-suite Queenstown Views
Villa, on Hallenstein Street, is still going ahead.
Going by the Australian Financial Review, his latest business could be a
Last week it reported the founder and managing director of Avmin Air
Charter saying demand for private jet hire, due to the Covid-19 era, had
never been higher.
The most queries were getting is for flights to Queenstown out of
Sydney and Melbourne, and also into Byron Bay [in Australia].
Source: Mountain Scene
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