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Private jets take the hassle out of flying after the big day. Bernd Vogel / Corbis
Private jets take the hassle out of flying after the big day. Bernd Vogel / Corbis

Dream trips for rich honeymooners

The Life: Travelling can bring out the worst in anyone and a humdinger of a row is not the best way to start a honeymoon.

Endless security checks, mislaid tickets, a final dash to the departure gate. Travelling can bring out the worst in anyone and a humdinger of a row is not the best way to start a honeymoon.

Replace the above scenario with this: meet your aircraft at the private aviation terminal, board your own jet and fly in complete luxury to anywhere in the world.

And then be met by your limousine and whisked away to your private island or superyacht.

The Honeymoon JetCard, the love child of Middle East's biggest private jet company, NasJet, and the luxury trip organiser Abercrombie & Kent, offers a far more soothing start to married life.

Launched this month, it is a prepaid hourly debit card and there are a variety of options for aircraft.

A 25-hour card for a long-range, widebody Gulfstream (seats 14) costs US$225,000 (Dh826,470). The same card for a mid-size Hawker 750 (seats 8) costs $125,000 and is "ideal for city hops" to Oman or Beirut.

The price is all-inclusive, except for VIP dining.

"A&K has a retail shop in Harrods and we came across the fact dealing with people that a private jet is an integral part [of the journey]," says Nick Coates, the head of product, operations and sales at A&K. "We were meeting lots and lots of clients from the Gulf who were going to the south of France, to the Indian Ocean. So we suggested [to NasJet]: if you are selling the jet and we are excellent on the ground - we have a relationship with those villa owners, the private yachts and so forth - then it's naturally mutually beneficial."

A&K wants its clients to enjoy an entire "experience" beyond staying in the best suite of the best hotel. "In the Middle East, the percentage of young [people] is high [and sometimes] they are not having full knowledge to select and organise honeymoons properly," says NasJet's chief executive Ghassan Hamdan. "We are offering to honeymooners a proposal so they have not to worry. We take them to certain destinations, we take care of their flights, hotels, their total arrangements."

For NasJet and A&K at least, it's a match made in heaven.

lgutcher@thenational.ae

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