Premier Aviation responds to widened charter demand from the entertainment sector
Premier Aviation, the leading music tour air charter specialist, is looking forward to broadening its entertainment clientele in 2023.
With live music events continuing to stage a significant comeback post pandemic, the latter half of 2022 saw the Hunt & Palmer Group company handle 30 band tours. Building on its success facilitating travel for both local and global music tours, it is also moving into charters for the film sector.
Premier is attending Pollstar Live! this week in Los Angeles, the premier global conference event for live entertainment professionals. Hosted by Pollstar Magazine, it brings together tour managers, artist managers, promoters and agents. “Timing for this event is terrific,” said Paul Kindred, Business Development Manager at Premier Aviation, acknowledging “the level of demand we are seeing, especially for Europe, North and South America music tours, is high.”
Paul returns to familiar territory at this conference. He joined Premier from the music industry, having worked with major record labels including Sony Music, Arista and A&M Records.
Krissy Kerwin joins Premier Aviation as Country Manager
Premier recently expanded its US team with the arrival of Krissy Kerwin as Country Manager. Detroit, MI-based, Krissy brings nearly 20 years’ aviation experience in corporate flight departments and latterly with a US legacy airline. Working alongside UK-headquartered colleagues, including Chairman Jeremy Palmer; Paul Kindred and Broking Manager Lizzy Templer, Krissy made her debut with Premier at last month’s NBAA Schedulers and Dispatchers in Nashville, TN.
With nearly 30 years’ charter experience, Premier Aviation is well versed in designing bespoke itineraries for tour managers. Year on year, Premier facilitates many of the top grossing tours.
Its services include planning flight itineraries, determining best aircraft types, selecting charter airlines and private jet operator partners, as well as liaising with airports and trip planners for complex routings. It works with US and European charter airlines and business aviation providers.
Premier Aviation is proud to have successfully facilitated over 250 music tours. European music tours typically peak in summer months through to October. The Middle East is prolific in winter months and Premier is starting to log more requests for Saudi Arabia, now the Kingdom is opening up. SE Asia is also a growing market, noted Paul.
“Charter enables flexibility, as well as the ability to use airports which don’t have scheduled services, often conveniently located as close as possible to a music venue. The timesaving it affords enables artists and bands to fulfil gigs in a different city every other day, if not every day, which keeps fans happy. Private charter assures reliability and artists’ privacy, as well as providing precious time to relax in between gigs,” he added.
“We work hard as an integral partnership with tour managers to see every detail is covered. The appointment of Krissy, as a dedicated conduit for our US clients, is a good start to the year.”
Tour managers ask about sustainable travel options too
With sustainability an ongoing focus for stakeholders across the aviation and music industry, some bands have become notably environmentally conscious. One global band Premier Aviation supported committed to refuelling with sustainable aviation fuel (where available) during its 2022 world tour. In addition to reducing carbon emissions wherever possible, Premier Aviation offers a carbon offsetting programme with UK-based carbon balancing specialist C-Level. Its chosen beneficiary is the CommuniTree Carbon Project for reforestation in Nicaragua, South America, tackling both poverty and climate change. Premier will also provide carbon emission data at the end of each flight on request.
Most of Premier’s business comes from personal recommendations and revered contacts. Being available 24/7 is important, reflecting the business’ global clientele.
BlueSky Business Aviation News | 23rd February 2023 | Issue #690