Air travel can be a challenge to organise at the best of times, but when it comes to making flight arrangements for an orchestra on tour, the level of complexity is on a completely different scale – like comparing Beethoven’s 5th to Ferneyhough’s ‘La Terre est un Homme’.
At ACC, a member of our experienced charter team works with you to understand your needs and create a solution tailored to accommodate them.
That’s why, in our experience, only an aircraft charter can meet the specific requirements that orchestras have when travelling abroad.
Here are our top five reasons why, when you need air travel arrangements that harmonise with your tour itinerary, charter flights for orchestras can offer major benefits.
The most suitable aircraft for you
“No space in the cabin I’m afraid – this will have to go in the hold.” Words that are far from music to the ears of any classical musician. At ACC, we understand that your instruments are your livelihood and how important it is for them to travel with you. When you charter, we provide an aircraft perfectly suited to your passenger and equipment requirements, giving you peace of mind and removing additional ground transportation costs. We can even accommodate the odd cello in the cabin if needed.
Unlimited name changes
Despite your best-laid plans, it’s an unfortunate fact that your musicians can drop out at the last minute, whether due to illness or any number of other reasons, and you need to replace them. To add insult to injury, on a scheduled service, you’d have to pay a fee for each and every name change. An aircraft charter gives you the flexibility to amend the passenger manifest as many times as you need to, with no additional charges.
No charges for extra baggage
It may seem like a minor inconvenience to most of us, but when you’re touring as part of an orchestra, additional baggage is a given and that means extra charges on scheduled flights. Chartering an aircraft means we create a solution built around your needs, including any and all luggage you take with you.
A bespoke flight programme
It’s a well-known fact that scheduled operators are only able to offer a limited number of routes, which can mean an exhaustive programme of indirect flights, or an equally tiring combination of air and road transportation. With aircraft charter, we can tailor your itinerary, selecting the best possible route to get you as close as possible to your end destination.
Flexible flight schedules
Just like any professional athlete, when your orchestra is on tour, making sure your musicians are well rested is of paramount importance to allow them to play at their very best. Sometimes, that means making a last-minute schedule change to give them adequate time to rest between performances. While scheduled services put you at the mercy of the airlines, a charter flight gives you the flexibility to make changes to your timetable, even at the last minute.
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