Down the Stretch to Summer: Flexjet’s Exclusive Race-Inspired European Showcase
June 19, 2023
Summer always offers so many exciting opportunities and avenues for travel. Especially expeditions that take you away from the predictable summer standbys. It’s essential to capitalize on those longer, sun-filled days and the comfortable, festive nights – favorable traits that make it stand tall amongst other seasonal corridors.
With European travel season at its peak, Flexjet has provided no shortage of exquisite event options that perfectly mark the occasion and even bring centuries of history into your summertime jet-setting fun. Utilizing a private jet Ownership account makes it easy to sample an array of one-of-a-kind events and occasions.
Respectively, both Royal Ascot and Palio di Siena are some of the purest iterations of a history-steeped pastime that play out on the grandest stages in the sport – and as such, are perfect subjects and destinations for unique Flexjet experiences. Our global travel capabilities are ideally suited to bring you to the forefront of these two unforgettable occasions.
Discover these two history-steeped spectacles of the sport while reaping all the benefits of Flexjet hospitality and enjoying some of Europe’s most iconic destinations that provide the perfect backdrop to a more memorable summer.
Royal Ascot –
Location: Ascot Racecourse – Berkshire, England
Simply put, it’s “like nowhere else.” A significant highlight on the British social calendar since its founding by Queen Anne in 1711, the annual equestrian trials, which occur each June, remain a sophisticated amalgam of posh tradition, fashion, class distinction, and, of course, sport.
Royal Ascot now heralds a new era for Europe’s most revered race meetings following King Charles III’s spectacular coronation earlier this spring. As the event’s Official Private Aviation Supplier, Flexjet is delighted to be playing our part by hosting the official event heliport adjacent to the racecourse and providing Red Label-style hospitality for our Owners and guests in the Royal Enclosure.
Queen Elizabeth II was famously a lifelong devotee of horse racing and a highly successful breeder and owner, with 24 winning horses at Royal Ascot across six decades. Royal Ascot became synonymous with Her late Majesty, who delighted the crowds with her unswerving commitment to the event, attending every year of her reign until her health prevented it.
This year, in honor of her considerable legacy, Royal Ascot has announced that a prestigious £1 million race on the last day, previously known as The Platinum Jubilee Stakes, will now be known as The Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes – the first time a race at the Royal Meeting has carried her name.
Especially significant for this year – Flexjet will be showcasing our new Sikorsky S-76 helicopter at Royal Ascot, where we will once again be hosting the official event heliport adjacent to the racecourse.
At the heliport, the Flexjet team will offer Red Label style hospitality to all guests arriving at Royal Ascot by helicopter. Complimentary champagne and canapés will be available in the stylish lounge, with luxury chauffeurs ready to make the quick drive to the racecourse when the action on the track beckons.
Palio di Siena –
Location: Comune di Siena – Tuscany, Italy
If you are looking for something a bit more passionate and stirring, you would be hard-pressed to find any other descriptors for one of history’s most significant sporting spectacles.
Aptly described as the ‘soul of the city,’ Palio di Siena is one of the world’s oldest horse races and one of the most enthralling scenes in all of sport. With its origins dating back to the 17th century, this exhilarating tradition sees ten horses and bareback jockeys –each representing one of Siena’s Contradas (districts) – ride three laps around the Piazza del Campo. The annual renewal of culture, community, and competition is an all-encompassing celebration of Europe’s finest equestrian relics.
On the eve of the Palio, lively Contrada dinners are held across Siena, as the city celebrates this most vibrant and emotional of historic occasions.
Flexjet will be hosting an exclusive dinner and champagne reception overlooking one of the famed Contrada dinner celebrations. Guests will be invited to dine at the 15th century Palazzo de’ Vecchi, accompanied by customary Italian folk music, in addition to an overview from experts on the Palio and its rich history.
On the day of the race guests will be hosted in an apartment that looks directly onto the start line with perfect views of the pre-race negotiations and race start. The historic apartment has 6 windows, each window which will provide space for 4 – 5 guests to comfortably view the race. After the race guests will be driven 20 minutes outside of Siena to Villa di Geggiano which offers breath-taking views of Siena for what promises to be a most memorable dinner.
Flexjet has now made it even easier to enjoy all the Old World has to offer – for all aircraft Owners already in Europe, getting to Siena is as easy as contacting our Owner Services team. Thanks to our attractive interchange opportunities that offer access to our premium European fleet, featuring two iconic aircraft, the Gulfstream G650 and Praetor 600. This innovative program uses your annual contract hours at exclusive aircraft exchange ratios.
Exclusive Flexjet Offerings
In addition to exciting events and beloved occasions, Flexjet Owners in the U.S. and Europe can now utilize their allocated account hours on our entire premium private jet fleet as well as our fleet of agile Sikorsky S-76 luxury helicopters—complete aircraft versatility with full transferability to boot. The sky’s the limit with all these dynamic possibilities for efficient summer transit.
Becoming part of the Flexjet private jet ownership family means unveiling our passion for unexpected, authentic experiences. These exclusive benefits are designed specifically to enhance your Ownership with uniquely crafted moments both on and off your aircraft.
Want to learn more about Flexjet’s unmatched programs, services, or exclusive events, and activations? Contact our team via our website or call us at (866) 309-2214 to discover more about our private aviation solutions and services.