Renowned business jet operator VistaJet is putting a fun spin on the upcoming Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival with five creative private tours that introduce travelers to full moon rituals in various parts of the world.
Designed in partnership with some of the world’s leading hotels and tour operators, the itineraries cover China, Malaysia, Japan, Greece, Peru and Bolivia.
In Japan, for example, the full moon getaway will be a 10-day trip with kaiseki meals (traditional multi-course dinner) at each stop, sake tasting with geishas in Kyoto, interaction with a Japanese calligrapher renowned, a private full moon temple appreciation ceremony with never-before-seen dance and taiko performances, and more.
For VistaJet’s Inca Adventure, travelers will explore the lost city of the Incas for three weeks, stopping at key destinations such as La Paz, Tiwanaku, Lake Titicaca, the Sacred Valley and Lima. Flying over the Sacred Valley of the Incas in a hot air balloon, diving into Lake Titicaca, accessing secret historical sites and sharing an extraordinary exhibition of Chinese lanterns in Machu Pichu under the full moon are all part of the experience.
These tours are the latest additions to VistaJet’s Private World collection, which cater primarily to high-end leisure travelers as well as corporate incentive travel groups.
According to Amy Yang, director of marketing communications and partnerships in Asia for VistaJet, the company has worked with a wide range of hotels, high-end tour operators and luxury lifestyle specialists, such as yacht builders and luxury cars, private estates and wineries. , to create unique travel experiences for its customers.
While most VistaJet customers are business travellers, some continue to use the business jet operator for leisure purposes.
Ang said, “Travel today is all about providing unique and extraordinary experiences. For some of the most intriguing destinations, the only way to get there efficiently is by using a business jet. Our role is to help people visit these places efficiently and comfortably, and to create unique adventures for our customers around the world.
Besides Private World, VistaJet’s core business of private air charters has seen a strong recovery. The company uses a subscription model where customers pay for a tailored set of flight hours to use at any time and to any destination. Subscription volumes were up 43% year-over-year in HY2022, and Ang expects the numbers to continue to rise in the second half of the year.
She said XXL Asia“Before the pandemic, McKinsey had a report that indicated that only 10% of people who could afford to travel on business jets did so. This meant that 90% of the potential market was missing. Then Covid arrived and those in the 90% started to reevaluate how they traveled.
“Covid has changed the mindset of people. Rather than just thinking about the extra money involved in private flying, they thought about the benefits of (doing it). It was safety and security that drove people to business aviation.
She explained that customers were sold on the ability to “fly only with people (they) have verified,” going through fewer touchpoints compared to commercial flights, and avoiding the crowds typically seen in a busy commercial airport.
“The other problem with commercial aviation is that the airlines have reduced their route network, so a lot of the routes… no longer exist commercially or there is only one flight a day. , not all commercial aircraft have a first-class cabin,” she added.