art basel

Art Basel is an event that brings together connoisseurs of the art world and artists and their galleries alike. Since 1970, Art Basel has been the supreme destination for the international art world. With fairs in Miami Beach, Hong Kong, and Basel – 20th and 21st century art displayed for both collectors and admirers to experience.

Whether you are an art collector or simply an admirer of fine art and upcoming artists, Art Basel is the premier show to attend and Miami is one of the host cities where you get to not only enjoy the art that is showcased but the city as well.

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Art Basel’s Miami Show

Art Basel has an American Show each year that takes place in Miami Beach. In the show, galleries come from all over the world to present their work, including Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America, and Africa.

Each of the work includes significant pieces from experts of contemporary and modern art. The work from up and coming artists is also included to showcase a new generation of artists.

On display is photography, sculptures, paintings, installations, films, and high quality editioned work is features in the main exhibition hall. Outside, visitors are treated to larger pieces, performances, and films – surrounded by a view of nearby SoundScape Park and Collins Park.

According to Ted Loos of the New York Times:

Now in its 14th edition, Art Basel in Miami Beach is firmly entrenched as one of the most sought-after and meticulously planned events on the American art world calendar…About one-half of the galleries at Art Basel come from the United States or Latin America, and for dealers from places like Brazil, Argentina and Mexico, it’s the year’s biggest opportunity to connect with global buyers.

 

Past Showings and Exhibits

Some of the showings and exhibits in the past include such art as James Crump’sTroublemakers – The Story of Land Art. This documentary was featured in 2015 and is a look at land art in the 60s and 70s. It showed footage unseen in the past that included quite a few innovative artists such as Walter De Maria, Robert Smithson, and Michael Heizer. Spotlighting the American Southwest, this film takes a look at the journey of these iconic artists and their lives.

The live public opening was another highlight of the show which spotlighted performances from artists like Pope.L, Xavier Cha, and Yan Xing. These live performances were seen in the Public Sector of Collins Park which also had over 26 artists in total. The artists performed by re-imagining symbols and objects and based on a process of transformation by Nicholas Baume’s Metaforms.

 

Miami Beach Sights and Things To Do

While in Miami Beach, there are so many things to do for the world traveler. Experience cultural exhibits and art or enjoy a day at the beach where the rich and famous mingle with the crowds.

  • Art and Cultural Center of Hollywood. This center showcases live stage performances, contemporary art exhibitions, and educational programs for families.
  • Downtown Miami. For a leisure, cultural, and business combination, Downtown Miami offers historic shopping, emporiums, an international banking hub, and more – all nestled among iconic skyscrapers and a view of the Miami skyline.
  • South Beach. Ask anyone and they have most likely heard of the infamous South Beach where you can experience world class cuisine, an active nightlife, and art deco architecture with the Ocean Drive skyline which is world famous.

 

Enjoy International Cuisine

Miami is known for its superb international cuisine. Whether you’re looking for something from across the globe or local fare, you are sure to find exactly the right place to dine.

  • South and Central American Cuisine. You’ll find almost every nationality of food in Miami and if you enjoy South and Central American flavors, they’ve got you covered. From Peru and Columbia to Brazil and Argentina – enjoy such favorites as fresh cerviche, chorizo hash, and more. A couple of places to check out for the best South and Central American cuisine are Casabe 305 and Wynwood Kitchen and Bar.
  • Dine on the Waterfront. It wouldn’t make a trip to Florida complete without dining on the waterfront with the freshest seafood around. At Gibralter, enjoy Chilean Sea Bass, pan seared branzino, or black grouper crusted with potatoes. The unique aspect of this waterfront restaurant is that it sits on its own island. The Red Fish Grill is another gem of a restaurant nestled in a lagoon and surrounded by Biscayne Bay where you’ll find Caribbean Bouillabaisse and Cumin Crusted Bigeye Tuna.
  • Celebrity Restaurants. For a celebrity chef dining experience, check out Michael Swartz at one of his four restaurants in Miami such as Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink located in the Miami Design District. Michelle Bernstein showcases her culinary talent at Cena by Michyand Seagrape or maybe catch Tom Colicchio at Beachcraft in Miami Beach.

 

The Nightlife is Unparalleled

Miami nightlife is famous for its celebrity sightings and eclectic vision where you can listen to jazz, enjoy salsa dancing, savor the live music experience, or hit the hottest dance club. You can even take in Miami’s Latin flavor and enjoy the local experience.

  • Live Music. For local talent as well as national acts, check out The Filmore in Miami Beach, located at the Jackie Gleason Theater. You might also like hearing orchestras, bands, symphonies, and even famous musicians at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Miami.
  • Dance Clubs. Ready to dance all night? You can do that at E11EVEN, which is open 24 hours a day and even has a rooftop restaurant and lounge. For something a little more intimate,Wall Lounge has a DJ spinning tunes surrounded by a disco ball and glittered walls. It may be intimate but the energy is on fire at this dance club.

 

How to Get to Art Basel

Miami offers four general aviation airports and these are the three closest.

  • Miami International Airport’s General Aviation Center (MIA). MIA is centered in the same area as Miami’s commercial airport and has refueling services, private hangars, and an executive lounge.
  • Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport (TMB). TMB also features refueling services, a sauna and spa room, three lounges, and ground services.
  • Opa-Locka Executive Airport (OPF). OPF is a favored airport that has nine runways and offers customs and refueling services.

 

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If you are ready to take a journey that is exactly what you expect as a refined and worldly traveler, contact us so we can tell you more about all of our many concierge services.

abace 2016

Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) 2016:

Jetex - Abace 2016

The 2016 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) is taking place from the 12thto the 14th of April at the Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Centre (SHPASC) in China. The ABACE is co-hosted by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA), and is in partnership with the Shanghai Airport Authority (SAA). This prestigious event is the region’s leading trade show in the business aviation industry, bringing together industry professionals, government officials, high-profile business leaders, key decision makers, and entrepreneurs.

The three-day event will provide international and local exhibitors a platform to enter the Asian aviation market in order increase their network, and to buy and sell their aircraft and services. Exhibitors can expect attendance from over 100 media representatives mainly from global publications, news outlets and the trade press to cover the event. There will also be an expansion to the educational sessions aimed to update stakeholders about the latest products and services, safety and international operating regulations associated with the General Aviation (GA), as well as the industry’s current trends and issues.

History of ABACE:

The very first ABACE was organized by the NBAA and took place on August 2005 at the Shanghai New International Exhibition Center (SNIEC). China’s business aviation market was still in its starting phase, but the Shanghai GA operation had been growing over 15 percent annually. The world’s largest business jet manufacturers saw great potential for future GA markets in all of Asia, but more particularly in China. The ABACE 2005 exhibition consisted of more than 30 demonstration flights to attract potential buyers and showcased 11 new business jets. The most expensive airplane at the exhibition was the “Global Express XRS” built by Bombardier Inc. valued at US$45 million at the time.

The next ABACEs took place in 2007, then 2008, both years the event was held in Hong Kong, China. In 2009, the NBAA canceled ABACE temporarily due to the recession. In 2010, the NBAA announced the return of ABACE to take place annually starting from 2012 at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, China,

On March 2012, ABACE was reintroduced and hosted at the joint venture operator’s Fixed Base Operations (FBO) and Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility, SHPASC in order to support China’s expanding business aviation community. The static exhibition showcased 27 aircraft and 150 exhibitors for over 6000 attendees. Some of the leading international manufacturers of private jets such as Airbus Corporate Jet, Boeing Business Jets, Bombardier Aerospace, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation and many others took part in the exhibition. Agreements were then signed between the NBAA, the Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, and SHPASC to continue the exhibition on an annual basis for the next five years. The success of the event has led to more exhibitions and increase in the number of visitors, exhibitors and aircraft and products.

The 2015 ABACE had surpassed all previous exhibition records so far in every aspect. The expo has showcased 38 static aircrafts and contained 16 aircraft-chalets in which exhibitors can meet with clients in a more spacious and comfortable environment. There were 183 exhibitors who attended from 19 countries, from that, 81 participants were from Asia. All the major Business Jet manufacturers attended the event. The number of visitors resulted in over 8,500 people from 51 countries around the world.

Jetex invites you to our H120 booth at 2016 ABACE:

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Jetex has been a consistent ABACE exhibitor, and are also ready for this year’s expo. ABACE offers Jetex an opportunity to meet face-to-face and have personal interactions with our existing clients, as well as meeting and building relations with new potential clients. Jetex would like to invite everyone to visit us this year at ABACE at booth #H120. Drop by and find out how you can enjoy luxury and convenience when you travel with Jetex.

Bissau Guinea

Guinea-Bissau is a West African nation known for its biodiversity and vast, unspoiled forests and savannas. The national parks east of the capital and in the Bijagos Archipelago increasingly attract ecological tourism. As warm inland rivers flow into shallow ocean waters, the mix creates and ideal habitat for fish, crocodiles and shellfish.

Bissau Guinea-Bissau is the capital. The city is on the Geba River Estuary, and it is home to about one-third of the nation’s population. Much of Guinea-Bissau is sparsely populated. Although the country is about the same size as Switzerland, it only has one-seventh the population. Guinea-Bissau is one of the top ten cashew exporters in the world. Oil, lumber, palm kernels, and shrimp also pass through the port at Bissau.

Getting to Bissau Guinea-Bissau

Osvaldo Vieira International Airport (IATA: OXB, ICAO: GGOV) is the one international airport in the country. The airport’s single runway is 10,500 feet in length. It is one of three paved runways in Guinea-Bissau. Perhaps the most expeditious and comfortable way to travel from the airport to the city center and area hotels is via private limousine.

In general, hotels do not operate their own shuttles. However, shared Peugeot taxis carrying up to seven passengers are available. The toca-toca are mini-buses with capacities ranging from 10 to 20 people. Outside of the capital city, an expansive network of rivers running west to east are mostly navigable. Ferries and water taxis are therefore a major form of transportation outside of Bissau. There are some paved roads and many more unpaved roads in the country.

History

Today’s Republic of Guinea-Bissau was, at different times, part of the Mali Empire and the Kingdom of Gabu. In 1687, Portugal founded the city as a strategic port and trading center. Fortifications protected this early Portuguese outpost. In the 19th century, Portuguese Guinea was a part of Portugal’s empire. Guinea-Bissau achieved independence in 1974. Fortaleza d’Amura is an old Portuguese fort still used as a barracks. The mausoleum of Amilcar Cabral and the tombs of other revolutionaries are here.

Topography and Climate

The tropical savanna climate features very distinct wet and dry seasons. Most of the annual 80-inch rainfall falls from June to October. On average, a total of less than three inches of rain falls the rest of the year. As a result, ecologically minded tourists can plan visits with confidence during the dry season.

There are three primary ecological zones in the country: forest, savanna and tidal estuaries. Half of the country is covered by thick forests, some populated by trees over 100 feet tall. Other parts of Guinea-Bissau are home to jungles teeming with wildlife. According to the African Bird Club, birders identified over 500 species of birds in Guinea-Bissau. Although much of the terrain is low-lying, the Djallon plateau in southeastern Guinea-Bissau rises to heights of 600 feet.

Orango Islands National Park

Significant portions of Guinea-Bissau are now protected as national parks. Perhaps the most popular of these is Orango Islands National Park, the first area to become a protected UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the country. Orango’s biodiversity is without equal in Guinea-Bissau. The approximately 90 islands comprising the Bijagos Archipelago are home to vast mangrove forests. There are many ways to enjoy the pristine coastal beauty of Guinea-Bissau.

Guided Experiences

In the waters of the archipelago, manatees and saltwater hippos are major attractions. The cluster of islands in Orango also sports five different types of marine turtles and countless exotic bird species. During your visit, enlist the services of a local guide to go hippo spotting on Orango Island. The trick is to locate hippo tracks and follow them to a memorable encounter with these rare and elusive creatures.

Meio is one of the southernmost and most remote islands of the archipelago. At the marine park here, green sea turtles emerge from the ocean at night to lay their eggs. A fortunate few will observe turtle eggs as they hatch. Other tours offer sea kayaking adventures and scenic explorations by boat. There are French-owned fishing lodges on a number of the islands. It is also possible to rent a boat and venture out to fish and to explore the spectacular beauty of the archipelago. Sailing from island to island is another option.

It is also possible to learn more about the people living in the area. In fact, the traditional culture and ancient customs remain strong in the Bijagos. English, Spanish and Portuguese-speaking guides accompany visitors to various tabankas, where some residents practice animistic religions rich with mystery and spirituality. The burial site for Bijagos kings and queens is on Orango Island.

Bubaque is the region’s largest town and transportation hub that is in the central area of the archipelago. Every year on Easter Weekend, it hosts the Festival de Bubaque, an event that promotes the archipelago as a center of biodiversity and local culture.

Diverse Wildlife in Other Parks

Chimpanzees nest in oil palms in Lagoas de Cufada Natural Park, located east of the capital. The parklands were given protected status in 2000. Hippos, antelope, African buffalo, leopards and hyenas also inhabit the park. Other parks east of Bissau include Dolombi-Boe National Park and Florestas de Castanhez National Park. Both are richly inhabited by migratory and indigenous bird species.

Varela National Park and its unique ecosystem occupies a narrow strip of Atlantic coastline in the northeastern part of the country. It is a breeding ground for Nile crocodiles, hippos and savanna gazelles. There’s an Italian-owned hotel, Chez Helene for visitors to stay at while they enjoy pristine beaches and scented pine forests. Massive bird migrations feature species from as far away as northern Europe and Siberia. It is estimated that over a million birds breed midst the islands of the archipelago and along the country’s coastlines and estuaries.

Guinea-Bissau Carnival in Bissau

Visitors can immerse themselves in the Bijago culture during Carnival, the most spectacular of the nation’s annual celebrations. It is staged during the four days before Lent when the weather is predictably dry. This cultural extravaganza combines local traditions and Portuguese influences. Members of the country’s approximately dozen distinct ethnic groups charter trucks and wooden boats to travel to the Carnival. There, they add to the festive atmosphere in costumes bedecked with shells, cow horns and tropical leaves.

Side Trips to Consider

Those interested in venturing out into the countryside might consider a day trip from Bissau to Quinhamel is enhanced by an overnight stay at Mar Azul. Enjoy grilled oysters bathed in hot citrus sauce at the restaurant before relaxing poolside. A beach a little over a mile away, nestled midst the mangroves.

Another side trip takes one to Bolama, the capital of Portuguese Guinea until 1936. In its heyday, it featured wide thoroughfares, colonial-style administration buildings, lush gardens and fountains. After it was no longer the capital, Bolama became a ghost town to a degree. Over the years, residents began to occupy some of the structures, although many are now covered by lush tropical vegetation.

Whether you’re visiting Bissau on business or to simply savor the nation’s rich biodiversity, Jetex is here to help. Count on Jetex to provide the professional ground support at Osvaldo Vieira International Airport that you’ve come to expect during your travels. Please contact us for further assistance.

Cannes Film Festival 2016

Cannes Film Festival first premiered in September of 1946 and was set out to rival the Venice Film Festival. What started out as more of a social event has become one of the most highly respected, and the most prestigious film festival in the world.

This crème de la crème of the film world is by invitation only and a visit to Cannes allows you to rub shoulders with the stars and experience the finest the area has to offer.

Experiences and Sights Like No Other

Imagine strolling along and seeing the palaces of La Croisette while catching sight of the yachts that glide across the bay, shopping at the finest couture shops, and visiting historic sites that are full of culture and visual display.

Not to be missed is the main promenade of La Croisette where the Estérel mountains are majestic among the addresses you’ll find fascinating. Check out the twin cupolas of the Carlton Intercontinental or the art deco of some of the seafront palaces where many famous people have rested their heads.

For something a bit more tranquil, take a boat ride (just 15-20 minutes away) to îles de Lérins which includes île Ste-Marguerite and île St-Honorat, where you can visit a fifth century monastery or simply enjoy the sand and sun. You can find boats leaving to the islands from Cannes by heading to the western side of the harbor.

Exquisite Food and Exciting Nightlife

Cannes is also the home to a diverse choice of restaurants. From European and French to bistros and fusion – you can really experience it all. Some of the local and visitor favorites include:

  • Jean-Luc Pelé. This artisan bakery is the ideal place for swanky food at reasonable prices. Keep in mind that reasonable does not mean a trade-off in quality or innovate food because the Foie gras macaroons are just one of the mouth-watering foods you’ll find.
  • PhilCat. Looking for a waterfront date? This sandwich and salad eatery has a terrace looking out over the sea where the food is delectable and the view can’t be beat.
  • Restaurant La Palme d’Or. This fine dining establishment is located right at the Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez. With two Michelin stars and culinary creations that delight the taste buds, you can choose from such dishes as Dublin Bay Prawn and The Mangetout Pea, The Belly of Tuna, and The Allaiton Lamb Triple A Greffeuille Aveyron.

The Cannes Film Festival

Even if you’re not part of the invite list to Cannes, you’ll enjoy this Mediterranean destination during the festival. All of the who’s who in Hollywood will be there and whether you meet someone famous or not, the entire town is abuzz with excitement and glamour.

There are plenty of public events at Cannes, even a way that you can join in on the festival itself. Stop by the Cannes Tourism Office and pick up the ticket information and schedule for Cinéma de la Plage. This outdoor film screen allows the public to see Cannes Classics as well as the Out of the Competition films. You’ll be able to take a picnic and enjoy the beach at Plage Mace, then watch the films under the starry skies once it gets dark.

Of course, there are plenty of vendors set up at the festival grounds so check out some of the posters and souvenirs from the movies.

You might spot a few of the Hollywood elite at the Intercontinental Carlton Cannes so consider staying there if you book early.

Getting There

To get to the Cannes Film Festival, the nearest airport is Aéroport Cannes Mandelieu (LFMD). LFMD welcomes only private flights and has 21 main parking slots with 50-60 remote parking slots.

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With Jetex, you do not have to worry about short notice or last-minute operations. Even with the most minimal of notifications, our success is due to our attention to every detail. Here are just a few things you can rely on us to provide:

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monaco grand prix

Every Spring, Monaco turns into a street-side raceway. The city is part of the annual Formula One circuit, having become a legendary raceway that offers gorgeous vistas alongside breathtakingly fast cars.

And when the race cars come to town, so do the world’s rich and famous. Monaco, already one of the world’s richest cities, will once again see an influx of yachts and airplanes shuttling in spectators. In other words, the Monaco Grand Prix is a spectacular luxury travel experience.

The Monte Carlo Area

Regardless of season, Monte Carlo is an ideal luxury travel destination. The kingdom on the south-western tip of France is located on the coast of the Mediterranean sea, offering beautiful vistas and a harbor marina notorious for its luxury yachts.

Every conversation about Monte Carlo has to begin with its world-famous casino, which first opened its doors in 1862. It has attracted tourists and gamblers from around the world for more than 150 years, gaining popularity among ruling families in Europe and wealthy travelers alike. Its frequent appearance and references in blockbuster movies like the James Bond franchise only add to its fame and mystique.

Interestingly, the casino – owned and operated indirectly by the government – forbids Monaco citizens from entering. As such, it draws its income exclusively from foreigners, and as a result has been a major contributor to the region’s wealth.

If gambling is not your thing, consider visiting the Oceanographic Museum instead. Here, you can watch 4,000 species of fish in their (simulated) native habitat, including a shark lagoon that allows you to see the world’s most notorious aquatic predators up close.

Balmy temperatures that generally stay around 70 degrees even in Winter make the city a perfect travel destination year-round. But you will get most enjoyment out of Larvotto Beach, named “the world’s most glamorous beach” by the Travel Channel, during summer. Here, mingling with the rich and famous becomes a daily occurrence. And when you need a comfortable place to rest after a busy day in the city or at the beach, world-famous hotels like the Hotel Hermitage and the Hotel Metropole await travelers like you.

Of course, Monaco also hosts a number of world-famous events during each year. Each January, the International Circus Festival takes place in the city, inviting the world’s top jugglers, clowns, and trapeze artists for a memorable show. March’s Rose Ball sees the world’s Royalty get together for an event that seems straight out of a more romantic past.

And then there is the Monaco Grand Prix, perhaps the single biggest reason for Monte Carlo’s fame around the world.

Racing History and Present

The city of Monaco has been home to a race since 1929, when cigarette magnate Antony Noghès invited 16 racers for the prospect of 100,000 Francs. What made the first race memorable was the road itself: instead of a dedicated race track, drivers had to navigate the streets of the city to determine the victor.

This style of race was not uncommon for private races like the first Monaco Grand Prix. But in 1950, when the Formula One competition made Monaco one of its original stops on the way to determine the inaugural World Driving Champion. In the 66 years since, Monaco has been a stable in the annual Formula One contest with only minor track changes.

In fact, in the decades since its first race, Monaco has entered the pantheon of famous car races. It is widely considered a member of the racing “Triple Crown,” alongside the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hour Race in Le Mans. And its appeal, now as it was then, remains the track itself: racers in some of the world’s fastest cars navigate the narrow city streets on their way to competing for the Monaco Grand Prix and valuable championship points.

Due to this unusual track, the race carries more excitement for casual spectators than other, more technical tracks around the world. The difficulty of turns like the famous Hairpin is legendary, forcing drivers to slow down to 31 miles per hour before they can speed up again to usual speeds of up to 200 mph under the breathtaking vistas of the half-open Tunnel.

Many racers consider Monaco to be the most difficult race of the year, which explains why the crash rate is much higher than your average Formula One race: famously, only 4 of the 22 drivers finished the race in 1996, and the span between 2000 and 2004 had more than 10 drivers cross the finish line only once.

Needless to say, its notoriety as a race has also attracted some of the world’s most famous car drivers to compete. Race track legends like Ayrton Senna, Graham Hill, Alain Prost and Michael Schuhmacher, the record holder for Formula One wins, all laid claim to the Monaco trophy multiple times during their careers. They were all handed the winner’s emblem by the city’s royal family, who to this day organizes and oversees the famous race.

Monaco has become so interwoven with racing culture that over the years, many Formula One drivers have made it their home. Senna famously retired to his apartment after crashing out of the race in 1988 to watch the end of it from his balcony. He joined countless race fanatics and casual observers, who enjoy their time in the sun while watching the race from their yachts (available for rent just for the Grand Prix), hotel balconies, and public plateaus.

Flying into Monaco

Thanks to its relatively remote location, the best way to travel to Monaco – other than taking a ship through the Mediterranean – is via plane. While the municipality does not have its own airport, the closest one is Côte d’Azur Airport (IATA: NCE; ICAO: LFMN) in nearby Nice.

The airport has dedicated a terminal specifically for private jets, enabling business people and luxury tourists to get to the Mediterranean coast of France in style. The 16,000 square foot Business Aviation Terminal features VIP lounges, crew restrooms, airline desks, specialist support services and luxury shopping.

From the airport, Monaco is only 20 miles, or 30 minutes away. If you don’t want to take the public bus into Monaco, we can help you rent a luxury car – or get you into the city in style, with a chauffeured limousine or Rolls Royce.

Flying into Monaco, after all, should be pleasure. The city is a meeting point of celebrities and members of royal families throughout the year, and that reputation increases exponential when the Grand Prix comes around. This year, the favorite to win in the May 29 race is the German Nico Rosberg, who has won the past three years in a row and came in second for the Formula One World Championship last year. But regardless of who gets the trophy in the end, all spectators will feel like winners thanks to a luxury travel experience like no other.

In short, the Monaco Grand Prix is among the most famous events of the sporting year – both because of its unique racing structure, and because of the stunning, one-of-a-kind location. Both make the event a magnet for the world’s celebrities. So if you are looking to organize luxury travel, this location and event should be on your radar.

To learn more about the Grand Prix and how to get your travelers to the event, contact us. As an IATA-accredited organization and a member of the ACTE, we are ready to make your luxury travel plans a reality.

Florida TPC Sawgrass

The Players Championship is one of the premier events on the PGA Tour. In fact, its status is now such that many now refer to it as the “Fifth Major.” Like the Masters, this important tournament is held at the same venue every year. The Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, hosts the championship in mid-May.

For devoted fans that love to follow the world’s best, The Players Championship is an ideal way to bridge the gap between April’s Masters and June’s United States Open. Plus, May is an ideal month to visit Florida’s Atlantic Coast in the Jacksonville/St. Augustine Area.

The Players Championship: A Quick History

While the origins of the British Open date to the 19th century and the Masters to the 1930s, The Players Championship is a relative newcomer to premier tournament golf. Jack Nicklaus, the most prolific Major winner of all time, won the inaugural event in 1974. He also prevailed in 1976 and 1978, thereby becoming the only three-time winner of this prestigious tournament. Tiger Woods is one of five professionals to have won here twice. He prevailed in both 2001 and 2013.

The Stadium Course became the permanent home of The Players in 1982. The winner, Jerry Pate, celebrated by tossing course designer Pete Dye and PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beman into the lake bordering the 18th hole. He then dove into the water hazard himself.

In 2015, Rickie Fowler claimed victory in illustrious fashion by playing the final four holes at five-under par, a feat that no one had ever accomplished on the PGA Tour. He required only 11 swings to play the final four holes, including the intimidating 17th, to make it into a three-way playoff in which he prevailed.

The Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass

Although it is not as long as many tour layouts, the Stadium Course boasts a 155 slope rating, one of the highest in the country. The par-72, 7,215-yard course also sports a prodigious 76.8 course rating. From the back tees, you could bogey every fourth hole on average and still be a scratch golfer. Unlike the very private Augusta National, both courses at TPC Sawgrass are available for public play. The Valley Course is worthy of an enthusiast’s attention as well. Since 2013, it has hosted the Web.com Tour Championship. Water comes into play on every hole at the Valley Course.

Nonetheless, the instant most golf enthusiasts hear “Sawgrass,” an image of the island green at the 17th on the Stadium Course comes to mind. This confounding par-three has instantly turned potential winners into losers and vice versa. The Sunday hole location is often so close to the water that “going for the pin” is not even an option. Swirling winds often require that a player swing at just the right moment. The difference between a par and a double-bogey is often nothing more than a brief gust of wind.

Should a player prevail on the island green, he must still negotiate the demanding 462-yard, par-four 18th where water on the left escorts golfers the full length of the hole. A right-handed player with a case of nerves may very well pull-hook a drive into a watery grave, costing him thousands in prize money or perhaps even the championship itself.

Ticket and Hospitality Packages

The Stadium Pass includes far more than the usual PGA tour grounds ticket. Enjoy access to about 20 public venues on-site along with rope-side access to the players you most want to follow. Single-day passes are available any day from Tuesday to Sunday. For those planning on an extended stay in the Ponte Vedra Beach area, the weekly Stadium Pass is the perfect option.

Visitors interested in an upgraded tournament experience should consider one of the three hospitality packages: The Turn, The Greenside Lounge and The Players Cub:

The Players Club All Access – Enjoy private space in the clubhouse and in private suites overlooking the 17th and 18th greens. The all-inclusive package includes gourmet cuisine prepared by top, nationally-known chefs. Also included in this VIP package is a $500 shopping experience at the pro shop. Once you purchase an all-access pass, you’ll receive a unique identifying number that guarantees an opportunity to purchase the same tickets every year. Players Club passes are available for single tournament rounds as well.

The Greenside Lounge – This package includes full tournament access and greenside seating off the ninth green. The lounge features HDTVs, soft seating and for-purchase premium food and drink options.

The Turn – This package allows access to a climate-controlled tent covering more than 10,000 square feet. Outside, there’s a large patio with a full bar. Inside, take a break from the action at the Grey Goose 19th Hole Lounge. Consider a signature drink like the Sawgrass Splash. Take in the action on numerous TVs simultaneously displaying six or more broadcasts. One end of the facility offers great views of the 9th green, while the other end overlooks the 18th green and fairway.

Other Area Attractions

Of course, the Atlantic Ocean beckons, just a few hundred yards from The Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. And, the golf course is just one part of the TPC Sawgrass Resort. Elegant suites, multiple pools, beachside dining and a full array of spa services await those that stay here.

The beaches in the area are a major attraction. For example, at low tide, Mickler’s Landing Beach is a wide, typically uncrowded stretch of sand that is perfect for an early morning stroll as the sun steadily climbs above the horizon. Listen to the unceasing sound of waves rolling ashore from the east as grand, waterfront mansions appear to the west.

Just south of TPC Sawgrass you’ll find the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve. Choose from hikes along miles of beaches and sand dunes or stroll along trails meandering through the woods, mangroves and salt marshes. A visit to this tranquil haven contrasts beautifully with the excitement of The Players Championship.

St. Augustine is only a short distance south of TPC Sawgrass. The community, founded in 1565, lays claim to being the oldest city in the country. Revel in the community’s Spanish Colonial architecture as it transports you to a different place and time. The 17th century Spanish fortress, Castillo de San Marcos, features cannons, drawbridges and panoramic views of the St. Augustine Inlet.

Getting to The Players Championship

The Players Championship is a worthy destination whether you own a private plane or are interested in your very own private jet getaway. Flights land at Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) or Northeast Florida Regional Airport (UST). The former is about 33 miles northeast of TPC Sawgrass, while the latter is about 28 miles south of the course. Downtown Jacksonville is just 18 miles northeast of the TPC Sawgrass Resort.

Plan a memorable trip to a top PGA tour event that has quickly acquired a reputation as one of the world’s premier competitions for the world’s best golfers. While you’re there, enjoy a wealth of other opportunities that the Jacksonville Beaches area offers.

For friendly and professional assistance in planning your luxury trip to The Players Championship, look to Jetex. We offer a one-stop solution for every one of your luxury travel needs, including all of your booking, transportation, aircraft and concierge requirements. Please contact us today!

france UEFA euro cup

The Group Stage of the highly anticipated UEFA Euro Cup 2016 occurs at ten French venues from June 10 to July 10. It is the 15th edition of the UEFA European Championship, a quadrennial international football championship. The Championship, founded in 1960, was the brainchild of former UEFA President Henri Delaunay.

Football enthusiasts from Europe and around the world will share in the revelry and excitement of the 2016 edition this summer. For the period leading up to and including the 31-day event, Jetex will provide ground support and trip planning services to hundreds of clients that want to attend this major competition. Jetex is well prepared for more private jet traffic than usual. We expect more than 100 flights/day at Paris Le Bourget, and we are ready!

UEFA Euro Cup 2016 Background Information

The UEFA awarded France the honor of hosting Euro 2016 on May 28, 2010 after competing against Italy and Turkey for the honor. France previously hosted the event in 1960 and 1984.

The championship now features 24 teams at the Group Stage. France, as the host nation, automatically gets a berth. Fifty-three teams competed for the other 23 spots. To accommodate 24 teams, the competition will feature 51 games played over 31 days, rather than the 31 games required during the previous 16-team championships.

The 24 qualifiers are, in alphabetical order, Albania, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Northern Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales.

Spain is the defending champion. Germany qualified for the 12th straight time, and England became only the sixth team in history to record a perfect record during qualifying when it won all 10 of its matches.

Euro Cup 2016 Spurs Stadium Development

France’s national stadium in Saint-Denis, the Stade de France, is one of the ten venues. The stadium in Saint-Denis sports the greatest UEFA Euro 2016 capacity: 81,338. France will square off against Romania in the inaugural match here on June 10th. Competition gets underway in earnest on June 11.

Once UEFA officials named France as the host of the 2016 event, a number of pending French stadium projects were given a boost. Recently constructed stadiums in Bordeaux, Nice, Lyon and Lille will host matches.

Lyon replaced its former stadium, the Stade de Gerland, with the Grand Stade OL in January 2016. The 56,186-seat stadium cost €415 million. Lyon’s spectacular new venue will host six games during UEFA Euro 2016, including Belgium v. Italy on June 13, Northern Ireland v. Ukraine on June 16, Romania v. Albania on June 19, and Hungary v. Portugal on June 22. It will also host a Round of 16 match on June 26 and a semi-final contest on July 6.

The Stade Matmut Atlantique was completed in April 2015, and it opened May 18, 2015. The 42,115-seat facility cost an estimated €168 million. The elegant architecture results in a light and open feeling, enhanced by the dozens of slender columns that support the stands and more. The stadium hosts Wales v. Slovakia on June 11, Austria v. Hungary on June 14, Belgium v. republic of Ireland on June 18 and Croatia v. Spain on June 21. It will also host a Quarter-Final match on July 2.

The Stade Pierre Mauroy, in the Lille suburb of Villeneuve d’Ascoq, opened on August 17, 2012. It is just 6 km southeast of Lille’s city center. The stadium, originally named the Grande Stade Lille Metropole, was renamed on June 21, 2013, to honor the former French Prime Minister and Mayor of Lille. The complex includes a hotel and restaurant, and it cost €324 million to construct. The retractable-roof stadium seats 50,186. The stadium will host Germany v. Ukraine on June 12, Russia v. Slovakia on June 15, Switzerland v. France on June 19 and Italy v. Republic of Ireland on June 22. It will also host a Round of 16 match on June 26, and a Quarter-Final contest on July 1.

Construction of the Alliance Riviera in Nice began in 2011, and the facility opened in September 2013. The €245 million stadium seats 35,624. Authorities originally planned to complete the stadium project in 2007, but it stalled over budgetary concerns. Many credit the UEFA 2016 Championship for helping to revive the project and usher it to completion. It will host Poland v. Northern Ireland on June 12, Spain v. Turkey on June 17 and Sweden v. Belgium on June 22. On June 27, it will host a Round of 16 match.

The Parc des Princes in Paris, the Stadium de Toulouse in Toulouse, the Stade Geoffrey Guichard in Saint-Etienne, the Stade Velodrome in Marseille and the Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens Agglo will also host matches.

The final contest to determine the winner of the Henri Delaunay Cup is scheduled for July 10th at the Stade de France. The 2016 champion will compete at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.

Distance From Le Bourget to 2016 Euro Cup Venues

Distance to all ten sites participating in the 2016 Euro Cup Championship, from closest to furthest:

  • Le Bourget to Paris’ Stadt de France ~ 8 km (5 mi)
  • Le Bourget to Paris’ Parc des Princes ~ 22 km (13.7 mi)
  • Le Bourget to Lens Agglo ~ 185 km (115 mi)
  • Le Bourget to Lille ~ 206 km (128 mi)
  • Le Bourget to Lyon ~ 505 km (314 mi)
  • Le Bourget to Saint-Etienne  ~ 563 km (350 mi)
  • Le Bourget to Bordeaux ~ 600 km (373 mi)
  • Le Bourget to Toulouse ~ 696 km (432 mi)
  • Le Bourget to Marseille ~ 792 km (492 mi)
  • Le Bourget to Nice ~ 948 km (589 mi)

Note that the two Paris venues are relatively close to Le Bourget Airport. Jetex can easily arrange for efficient ground transportation to both the Stadt de France and the Parc des Princes. We’ll also assist with flight planning and VIP transportation services if you wish to attend matches at any of the 8 venues outside of Paris.

More About Le Bourget Airport

Le Bourget Airport (ICAO: LFPB, IATA: LBG) is approximately 11 km (6.9 mi) north-northeast of Paris’ city center. It is a general aviation facility with an emphasis on international and domestic business aviation and air shows. The Paris Air Show is the world’s oldest such event. It is staged in odd-numbered years. At the 2015 show, 2,303 exhibitors from 48 countries greeted 150,000 professionals and 200,000 general visitors. The 52nd Paris Air Show is scheduled for June 19-25, 2017.

Le Bourget was the only airport in Paris from 1919 until Orly Airport opened in 1932. International commercial flight operations ceased in 1977, and domestic flights ended in 1980. The aviation museum at Le Bourget is one of the oldest in the world. It features over 150 aircraft along with items dating to the 16th century. The museum occupies 1.6 million sq ft of land and hangers along the southeastern edge of the facility.

FBO Services at Le Bourget

Our Le Bourget FBO offers more than 20,000 square meters of parking space for our private aircraft clientele, along with private car parking for both passengers and crew. Take full advantage of our concierge services so that you see more of the action during your stay, including hotel booking, limousine, helicopter transfers and shopping. We’ll gladly provide you with trip planning services if you plan to attend matches at other venues scattered across the country.

Contact Us Today

Since Jetex’ inception in 2005, global flight support operations have grown to include over 600 employees with the requisite skills needed to meet the diverse needs of our clientele. State-of-the-art systems provide vital information 24/7. The first Jetex FBO opened at Le Bourget in 2009. Click here for a virtual tour of our FBO lounge, reception area and airside facilities at Le Bourget.

Jetex is ready to meet your ground support, fueling/refueling and trip planning requirements during the 2016 Euro Cup competition. Please contact us today for prompt, friendly and professional assistance.

Cuba flight operations

From the Cuban side, there are no restrictions. The restrictions are set by the US Government.
Previously, Private (FAR Part 91) and Charter (FAR Part-135) operators of N-registered aircrafts were required to
obtain an export license from BIS for the flight to Cuba. This requirement has now been removed, and now private
and/or charter operators can fly to Cuba without the need to apply for a BIS or OFAC license provided the purpose
of the flight is to carry authorized travelers between the U.S. and Cuba. FYI, Private (FAR Part 91) operations of
aircraft from the U.S. will no longer require an advance “temporary” sojourn license from Department of Commerce
Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)

a. Flight has to perform the trip based on the 12 approved purpose of travel to Cuba. (see below)

b. Landing permit is needed in Cuba. (lead time is 3-5 working days) To process the landing permit, CAA Cuba requires:

  • Complete flight details including schedule.
  • Aircraft certificates: noise, airworthiness, insurance and registration.
    Flight crew license and medical certificates are not mandatory but are sometimes requested by CAA Cuba.
  • The actual purpose of flight into Cuba. Indicating Private Business or Business Flight on our requests are always questioned for the true and actual purpose of flight before approval for the permit is issued. (ie. business meeting with ABC company, etc)
  • The local sponsor name and contact number in Cuba is also required by the Cuban CAA for verification.c. Aircraft and crew can stay for a period of no longer than 7 days (see parking information below)d.The previous ruling for aircraft operating to Cuba to operate to and from 22 approved US airports has been removed.

Parking

Concerning parking at MUHA, as per the authorities in Cuba, they don’t have any restrictions as to how long a N-registered would like to remain on-ground. The new regulation allowing a N-registered aircraft to park in Cuba is set by the US government which is not more than 7 days. Here is the link to the recent changes as posted by the U.S. Department of Treasury (Under point “Travel”)

12 Approved Purpose of Travel to Cuba

1. Family visits
2. Official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations
3. Journalistic activity
4. Professional research and professional meetings
5. Educational activities
6. Religious activities
7. Public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions
8. Support for the Cuban people
9. Humanitarian projects
10. Activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes
11. Exportation, importation, or transmission of information or information materials
12. Certain export transactions that may be considered for authorization under existing regulations and guidelines.

Approved U.S. Ports of Entry for Flights to and from Cuba

CBP has determined that the 22 airports listed below are suitable to accommodate flights traveling between the United States and Cuba:

  • Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Atlanta, GA
  • Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Austin, TX
  • Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport, Baltimore, MD
  • Boston Logan International Airport, Boston, MA
  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Chicago, IL
  • Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Dallas, TX
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston, TX
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York, NY
  • Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles, CA
  • Key West International Airport, Key West, FL
  • Miami International Airport, Miami, FL
  • Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, Minneapolis, MN
  • New Orleans Louis Armstrong International Airport, New Orleans, LA
  • Oakland International Airport, Oakland, CA
  • Orlando International Airport, Orlando, FL
  • Palm Beach International Airport, West Palm Beach, FL
  • Pittsburgh International Airport, Pittsburg, PA
  • San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Southwest Florida International Airport, Ft. Myers, FL
  • Tampa International Airport, Tampa, FL
  • Washington Dulles International Airport, Washington, D.C.

On January 28, 2011, DHS published a final rule in the Federal Register entitled “Airports of Entry or Departure for Flights to and From Cuba.”
The final rule amended DHS regulations to allow additional U.S. airports that are able to process international flights to request approval of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to process authorized flights between the United States and Cuba.

photo of EBACE

Thousands of customers and business aviation professionals gathered in Geneva, Switzerland for the 2015 European Business Aviation Conference and Expo (EBACE) last week. The event marked the event’s 15th anniversary – and Jetex was there in full-force.

“EBACE remains a forward-looking event, which is why it will always be a can’t-miss show on the industry’s calendar,” says NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen.

This year’s edition drew 500 exhibitors and boasted nearly 60 aircraft on the static display. A highlight of the event was the many aircraft manufacturing companies that debuted new aircraft. For example, the Citation Latitude got to show off to potential customers as it made its first public appearance. The jet is the widest Citation in the Cessna fleet and has a range of 2,850 nm. In addition, the Cessna Citation CJ3+ business jet was on display in Europe for the first time.

HondaJet, which is currently in the middle of a world-tour, made an appearance at EBACE. The light jet, which is manufactured by the Honda Aircraft Company, is set to receive Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification in the next few months and a European tour was scheduled to launch post-EBACE.

“We have been extremely pleased with the performance and reliability of the HondaJet during the world tour and are excited to bring the aircraft to Europe,” says Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino.

Other OEMs announced that new aircraft were progressing through the stages of development. Gulfstream, for instance, says the work on next generation of the Gulfstream G500 and G600 are moving forward. Both debuted last year and testing continues on the new advanced aircraft. The G500 should be certified in 2017, with the G600 following in 2019.

French manufacturer Dassault Aviation says it is continuing to test the Falcon 5X and Falcon 8X. Three Falcon 8X have been produced and are being run through a series of flying tests. The 5X should make its maiden voyage this summer and is currently undergoing ground tests. The 8X is expected to receive certification in 2018.

Finally, Formula One Grand Prix great Niki Lauda signed a contract to purchase a Bombardier Global 7000. The jet is under development, and Lauda hopes to take delivery of the new plane in 2018.

“As soon as I saw the Global 7000 I knew I must have one,” said Lauda during a press event.

Regulations Coming to Europe

The other big topic at EBACE was European aviation regulations. There are a lot of new regulations coming down the pipeline in Europe and aviation professionals need to be aware of them.

Rules that require the implementation of ADS-B were delayed in Europe. They now must be implemented by June 8, 2016 for new aircraft and June 7, 2020 for older aircraft. ADS-B, Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast, is a system for air traffic surveillance. With ADS-B, an aircraft broadcasts its GPS position. Information like heading, ground track, ground speed and altitude are also broadcast. Receivers on the ground then receive this information and send it to air traffic control displays. The ADS-B information can be used to augment existing primary and secondary radar or used in lieu of those radar technologies.

As numerous older aircraft still need to install the avionics, the waiting list to do the upgrade is growing. For this reason, Jetex highly recommends that aircraft owners and operators schedule the work sooner rather than later if they plan to operate in European airspace after the regulations are implemented.

Europe has also extended the deadline for cockpit voice recorders and underwater locator beacon installations. By January of 2019, cockpit voice recorders must have a minimum 15-hour recording time for large aircraft (MTOW> 27,000 kg) and two hours for smaller aircraft. By January of 2020, CVRs and FDRs must have underwater location devices that broadcast for at least 90 days.

As part of the overall process of advancing new regulations, the European Aviation Safety Administration (EASA) is poised to extend the scope of its reach and influence on aviation. According to the NBAA, EASA “is taking on a more comprehensive role in overseeing aviation throughout the Europe. The agency has issued numerous documents this year with potential impact on business aviation operations.”

Needless to say, this news had people talking at EBACE. More so, according to the NBAA, research and development, airports, air traffic management, security, among other things are all under consideration for inclusion in an EASA mandate.

Finally, after Dec. 31, 2017, all aircraft radios operating in Europe must be 8.33 kHz-capable. An aircraft may not fly IFR in Class A, B or C airspace unless it’s 8.33-capable. For most business aircraft this is a non-issue, but something to be informed about nonetheless.

Regardless of what kind of aircraft you fly, if you’re operating in Europe change is in the air. To ensure your operations are smooth and hassle free, be sure to contact your local Jetex Flight Planning Professional before you take to the skies.

photo of EBACE 2015 in Geneva Switzerland

With the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) launching this week in Geneva, Jetex takes an inside look at the trends and challenges of the European market.

With all the talk being on the surging North American market, it might be easy to forget about Europe. But despite some recent challenges, the European Business Aviation market remains alive and well – a point driven home by the latest analysis and forecasts.

For example, according to the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), the state of business aviation in Europe can be summarized as ‘continuing to climb’. This sentiment is made clear in this year’s edition of its Annual Review of Business Aviation in Europe.

Trend Spotter

In terms of industry trends, one key indicator highlighted in the EBAA report is conservative growth. Despite ending 2014 with a disappointing flight activity growth rate of .7%, overall business aviation fared better than other segments of the air transportation sector. According to the report, a key reason behind this low level of activity was external factors, including economic and political pressures. “If no earth-shattering events were to occur in 2015, business aviation should be the first to benefit from some economic stability, although forecast for growth remain conservative,” says the report.

Despite these challenges, the EBAA says that Europe’s fleet continues to climb. For example, as of 2001 the European fleet consisted of 1,517 aircraft. As of 2014 this number had more than doubled, checking in at 3,301 aircraft. The report demonstrates that this growth has been relatively incremental over the past decade.

On top of this, the European fleet remains one of the world’s youngest, with 50% of all aircraft being less than 10 years old. In terms of aircraft type, the trend from 2005 to 2014 has been high growth in Ultra Long Range and Very Light Jets, with a decline in Entry Level and Midsize Jets and, significantly, a decline in Turboprops, which has traditionally been the segment’s workhorse. This suggests that the market may be shifting towards long-haul, heavy aircraft operations becoming the industry’s bread and butter.

Another trend highlighted in the report is that of location. According to data collected, the activity of the European fleet is shifting in terms of location. A clear example of this is happening here in Geneva. What has long been Europe’s second busiest European airport for business aviation, since 2011 it has seen a decline in its departure figures. Similar declines have been seen in Zurich and major Italian airports. On the other hand, the UK’s Farnborough and Luton airports, along with France’s Nice, have all seen increases in departure activity.

What can be taken away from this is that business aviation continues to struggle to access major mixed-mode airports, feeding into the trend that the list of Top Ten European airports for business aviation is going through a major reshuffle.

Crunching the Numbers

Diving further into the state of the European market, according to the latest Honeywell Global Business Aviation Outlook all economic indicators point to stabilization – if not growth – in the region. According to the report, last year Europe’s purchase expectations jumped to 31%, bringing it back in line with the 30 to 33% levels seen in the three surveys before 2013.

Meanwhile, according to the most recent Bombardier Market Forecast, Europe remains the second largest market for business aviation. Led by the currently improving external environment and reduced fiscal austerity, the moderate economic recovery across Europe should continue in the short- and medium-term and stabilize in the long-term.

Noting that the European business jet fleet accounts for approximately 10% of the worldwide business jet installed base, Bombardier concludes by saying that Europe is expected to remain one of the main markets for new business jet deliveries between 2014 and 2033, at 3,575 unit deliveries, seeing significant fleet growth equivalent to a CAGR of 6% over the forecast period.

See You at EBACE!

This week’s EBACE will likely serve as a ‘straw poll’ indicator of how the industry views the European market, both today and in the coming years. Be sure to visit Jetex at booth G089 in Geneva! To arrange a meeting, contact us at marketing@jetex.com.