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The travel manager of a Swiss football team asked us to help transport the squad to a UEFA Champions League qualifier.

Flying a football team to a Champions League qualifier

The travel manager of a Swiss football team asked us to help transport the squad to a UEFA Champions League qualifier.

The team was set to play the winners of another qualifying match that hadn’t yet taken place, so the client couldn’t confirm the charter’s exact dates or destination until nearer the time. This meant we needed to block an aircraft’s availability for several potential departure dates, including positioning before the flight.

Our Solution

Route: Switzerland > Slovakia

Aircraft: Fokker 100

Our experienced team sourced a Fokker 100 that could accommodate the group of 40 with the required social distance between each passenger during the flight. We secured availability on potential match dates, ensuring that details of the charter could be quickly confirmed when UEFA eventually confirmed that fixture would take place in Slovakia.

The Finer Details

Rapid Response: We confirmed the aircraft within 48 hours of receiving this complex request and booked hot meal catering at short notice once the destination was confirmed.

Flexible Solution: Our industry contacts and superior buying power helped us to secure the aircraft for several possible dates, something the client’s usual airline partner was unable to do.

Covid Secure: We ensured the crew were tested for coronavirus and wore PPE onboard the flight. The cabin was disinfected and passengers were seated at a safe distance from each other.

Attention to Detail: Our representative delivered blankets to the airport and ensured local newspapers were available on the flight. We also arranged apron access in Bratislava and worked with local authorities to organise porter service before the group’s return departure.

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