30 November 2022

The winter season is one of the best times to visit Europe, offering travellers a much-needed injection of culture, culinary treats and spectacular architecture. Private jets are the perfect way to travel during this season, providing an option flexible enough to schedule around inclement weather. 

Air Charter Scotland can fly you directly to an array of cities, perfect for exploring at this time of year, whether it be for a Christmas getaway or a winter trip. Looking for inspiration? 

Vienna, Austria 

Voted the best city in Europe last year in the Readers’ choice awards, the Austrian capital makes for a great winter escape. Famous for its ‘ball season’ between November and January, seasoned waltzers can head to the conservative Philharmonic Ball, or enjoy the outdoor simulcasts of the coveted opera. You can also indulge in gluhwein whilst you tour the grounds of the Schӧnbrunn Palace and St Charles Church.

Tallinn, Estonia

Protected under UNESCO, the Estonian capital is one of Europe’s best preserved medieval cities, and is famously known for its narrow cobblestone streets, turreted castles and grand merchants houses. Enjoy a Tallinn craft beer whilst taking in the scenery from one of the city’s famous viewing points, including the Kohutsa platform where you can view the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, one of Tallinn’s most distinctive buildings. 

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest is fast becoming one of Europe’s most popular travel destinations, especially in winter when the Hungarian Capital truly comes to life. See the Hungarian Parliament surrounded by ice drifts on the Danube, or take a dip in the famous Széchenyi Thermal Baths. Budapest is also home to one of the oldest and largest ice rinks in Europe, nestled directly in front of the Vajdahunyad Castle, the perfect way to end a day of sightseeing. 

Ljubljana, Slovenia 

Set amongst grand lakes and mountains, Slovenia’s capital city is a real-life fairytale in the winter season, with the Christmas lights making an idyllic backdrop against the city’s baroque architecture. Enjoy a glass of crisp local wine next to the famous Ljubljana River, whilst taking in the culture in the country’s political and cultural hub. 

Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh really shines in the winter months as Christmas and Hogmanay celebrations come together. The traditional Christmas market is nestled in the heart of the city beneath the foliage of East Princess Street Gardens and adjacent to the Scottish National Gallery. 

Scotland’s answer to Winter Wonderland, you can enjoy all manners of festive treats, from unique baubles to creamy hot chocolates. After dark, head to the Royal Botanic Garden to sip cider and marvel at its Christmas illuminations.  

Berlin, Germany

Germany is famous around the globe for its Christmas markets, and Berlin is redefining the age-old tradition of advent shopping by boasting their own renowned alternative markets, perfect if you’re looking for something a little less traditional. If you’re looking for a cultured city break, you can take a tour around the Brandenburg gate, or visit Germany’s parliament building, the Reichstag. 

We can fly you to these destinations and many more this winter, taking out the stress of weather worries and giving you more time to browse Europe’s most festive cities. If you’re looking to create your bespoke private jet charter trip, get in touch with our team. You can call us today for a personalised consultation with one of our private aviation experts at +44 (0) 203 598 5392 or email us at


7 April 2022

In a challenging aviation market, the global Air Charter Association (ACA) offers a vital network and environment for its operator members to keep the safety and service for clients at the highest standards.

We recently collaborated with Elit’Avia to support the transfer of a UK-registered Embraer Phenom 300 onto the 9H Maltese aircraft registry.  As a G-registry operator, Air Charter Scotland supported Elit’Avia with the process of achieving an export certificate of airworthiness in a complex transaction.  

Elit’Avia COO Iain Houseman said of the collaboration: “As a competitor in the same marketplace, it was especially satisfying to collaborate in this way.”

The industry has experienced significant setbacks in recent years. Ian elaborated: “Aviation is constantly evolving, and we have endured significant disruption to every part of the administrative and management infrastructure we all took for granted. Being able to work with very supportive, competent and diligent ACA members such as Air Charter Scotland, who have the same goals of safety and client experience, has shown that collaboration and partnership are essential in a market experiencing considerable turmoil and consolidation.” 

air charter scotland collaboration

Gary Whitecunas, Director of Business Development at Elit’Avi, praised the project, saying: “We are very grateful to Air Charter Scotland’s Commercial Director Derek Thomson and Richard Rooney, the Continuing Airworthiness Manager. Both supported us in the communications between the UK Civil Aviation Authority and Transport Malta.”

Elit’Avia approached us to assist with the process of comprehensive research on the aircraft’s records, including inspection and preparation for commercial operations. The collaboration achieved the goal inside three weeks, concluding a very complex administrative situation. We were proud to add our support to this project, and Our Commercial Director Derek Thomson said: “We were very pleased to support Elit’Avia with this project.”

Business aviation is a great enabler, and collaboration, especially among boutique independent businesses, is an excellent way to drive our dynamic sector forward.” 

We are proud of our work ethic, and this collaboration reflects our company ethos. If you would like to create your bespoke private jet charter trip, contact our team. Call us today for a personalised consultation with one of our private aviation experts at +44 (0) 203 598 5392 or email us at

Private Jet photo credit: Daryl Cauchi


30 March 2022

Air Charter Scotland partners with South Pole to offset carbon emissions

Air Charter Scotland, a leading UK-based air charter and aircraft management company, is pleased to announce its first commitment to a worthy environmental and community project.  It is teaming with global sustainability consultancy South Pole to fully offset carbon emissions from its business jet fleet based out of London (Biggin Hill and Luton Airports), Glasgow and Malta.  Clients and charter brokers will be offered the option, effective immediately. 

After close consultation with South Pole, Air Charter Scotland determined its initial project will help support a new, hydro power water project located on the Du River in the Hubei Province in China.   Newly designed to aid the supply of clean energy, it delivers clean electricity through the hydropower station with an installed capacity of 500MW, reducing pollution for the local community.  

We have been evaluating doing something meaningful and tangible on carbon emissions for some time now,” said Air Charter Scotland COO Derek Thomson.  The business, founded 21 years ago, is looking forward to building its business relationship with South Pole, where it hopes to  support other international projects after an initial 12 months.  Air Charter Scotland is also investigating a suitable nature project in the UK to invest in later this year. 

Aviation contributes to 2.5% of all global CO2 output. Business aviation contributes a fraction of that – no more than 0.2% – and our sector continues to lead in the drive to sustainability with next gen alternative powered aircraft  the widening supply of sustainable aviation fuel at business aviation airports,” he highlighted. 

“This Hubei project is a well-considered community programme our growing base of international clients can identify with.  It will enable the local community to tap into new, renewable energy sources and reduce its dependence on fossil fuels as the main source of power generation, sparing the environment from 782,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions on average per year.” 

“South Pole supports this worthy project as a significant contributor to improved local transportation and communications systems.  It provides employment opportunities for 70 people plus training provision, as well as enhanced investments that benefit the local economy. 

Through its sustainability programmes, South Pole sees that 782,000 tonnes of CO2 are mitigated on average each year.


23 December 2021

Home to more than 5.5 million people, Scotland is a uniquely proud nation with a long standing aviation tradition. Air Charter Scotland began operations in Glasgow 20 years ago with a Cessna fleet, manufactured by Textron, an American aviation aircraft manufacturing corporation. Alongside Textron, we have been able to thrive, and have overcome challenges allowing us to go from strength to strength. 

Air Charter Scotland started with a small fleet of Cessna piston-twins, and later leased a privately owned CitationJet 1. Under new ownership in 2006, we continued to grow, and over two decades later, we have flown 20 Cessnas, a record that Textron Aviation believes is unique. 

Our commercial Director/Grounds Operations Manager, Derek Thomson, has experience with several business aircraft types and says one of the reasons for Cessna’s success in the Air Charter Scotland fleet has been Textron Aviation’s continuous improvement in customer support, including its willingness to recognise our charter operator’s challenges and work together as a team. 

Speaking on the citations Derek said ‘I believe Citation dispatch reliability is an important factor, and the aircraft are very efficient, and then there’s the cost of acquisition, we encourage people to buy something more modest as they explore private jet ownership and the Citation is the perfect option for that’.

Both Brexit and Covid have had a significant impact on the aviation industry, with Thomson saying that ‘The ravages of Covid hid the worst machinations of Brexit, it’s created around three times more work to plan a trip’. However, our flights operations team continues to excel, ‘we saw borders changing by the hour and there was always concern we’d have a crew stranded, but we made certain everything was 100% perfect and managed to come through it’.

Our formative relationship with Textron Aviation is a testament to our ethos, and has allowed us to deliver unique capabilities as efficiently and safely as possible over the last 20 years. If you would like to create your bespoke private jet charter trip, get in touch with our team. You can call us today for a personalised consultation with one of our private aviation experts at +44 (0) 203 598 5392 or email us on


26 November 2021

Europe’s winter ski season is fast approaching, and with snowfall across the globe exceeding expectations, it’s set to be one of the best seasons yet. With many of Europe’s ski resorts being best accessed by private jet, Air Charter Scotland are here to help you plan the ultimate luxurious ski and snowboarding holidays for 2021-22. 

Our private jets take away the stress of busy commercial flights, and our runways right in the heart of the mountains ensure that long resort transfers are a thing of the past- giving you more time to hit the slopes and witness the breath-taking scenery of the most impressive glaciers and mountaintops. 

We are dedicated to offering top-tier services, and always go above and beyond to accommodate any requests; so there’s no need to worry about additional luggage and large ski equipment. You can rest easy with a completely personalised on-board service and more. 

Our Citation XL is a perfect choice for flying luxury to the slopes, accommodating up to 8 people. The jet’s versatile mid-sized cabin class is ideal for short to mid-range flights and its take-off and landing capabilities allows this private jet access into many short runways in destinations such as Sion and Chambéry. Luxury comes as standard on this private jet, meaning you can take advantage of a fully stocked bar, plenty of ski storage, and fully adjustable and reclining cabin seats. Pets are also welcome on-board, meaning the whole family can fly like a VIP. 

ACS can fly you directly to Sion Airport, and on to the heart of Verbier, where you can experience the famous views of the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc from the trails of Mont Fort Glacier. Or, if you want to relax in the chalets of the French Alps, charter a flight to the Arrondissement of Chambéry, offering some of France’s best skiing spots and finest cuisine. Whether you’re a beginner looking to learn a new skill or a seasoned ski professional in search of a challenge, our destinations make for a truly indulgent aprés ski experience. 

A private jet provides winter-sport enthusiasts with the perfect way to maximise time spent on the slopes, whilst also freeing up time to enjoy the extensive range of off-piste experiences. If skiing isn’t for you, our resort’s luxury hotels and chalets are a great way to take in the mountain views and relax in the alpine paradise. We are experts on all of our destinations and are always on hand to help with recommendations on activities and excursions across our resorts, from gourmet restaurants, spa activities to private wine tasting sessions. 

Whether you’re a solo skier or planning a vacation with family and friends, Air Charter Scotland has everything you could possibly need to make your luxury ski holiday a truly unforgettable experience. 

If you’re looking to create your bespoke private jet charter trip to your favourite winter destination, get in touch with our team. You can call us today for a personalised consultation with one of our private aviation experts at +44 (0) 203 598 5392 or email us at


8 August 2021

Flying by private jet is so much more than simply a means of getting from A to B. Whether you’re travelling for business, active adventures, or some much-needed time away, Air Charter Scotland prides itself on creating unique and memorable flying experiences for our discerning clients – the experience of arriving well is a key part of that journey. 

As a leading private jet operator, we have extensive knowledge of the world’s airports, with our pilots undergoing the required additional training to land at many exclusive destinations. Our team of private aviation advisors are always on hand to advise clients when it comes to selecting the most suitable airport to match their requirements. With worldwide travel now cautiously resuming, we welcome the recent government announcement with further exciting destinations added to the Green List.

Reaching these exclusive destinations by private jet charter has many advantages. Not only will your flight be faster, easier and more comfortable, you’ll have the added benefit of selecting the most convenient airport for your departure and arrival.

We challenged our team to pick their top 5 most window seat-worthy runways and airport approaches from across the world.

Our top 5 most memorable runways

1. Gibraltar International Airport, UK

On Spain’s Southern coast lies the British Overseas Territory, Gibraltar, famed for its 426m high rock, and its unusual airport! Winston Churchill Avenue is the main arterial road that heads towards the Spanish border and cuts directly through the airport. Via a tunnel? We hear you ask, no, directly through the airport, meaning that the road needs to be shut down each time an aircraft arrives or departs.

2. Barra Airport, Scotland

We’ve all been making the most of staycations while international travel has been on hold, exploring the best of what the UK has to offer. Located off the Western tip of Scotland is Barra, an idyllic island in the Outer Hebrides with a most unique runway. It’s only five feet above sea level on a beach. In fact, Barra airport is the only transport hub in the world where scheduled flights use a tidal beach to take off and land and pilots often have to navigate severe weather conditions.

3. Nice Airport, France

If you’re taking a trip to the Côte d’Azur on France’s South-east coast, you’re most likely to arrive via Nice airport. The five-star hot spots Monaco, Cannes and St. Tropez are all minutes away from the one of the world’s most fashionable runways
and the descent into the French Riviera is unlike any other. The mountainous coastline rolls into the Mediterranean Sea and the runway appears to rise purposefully out of the sky-blue waters. So, whether you’re heading to the destination du jour for the year-round sunshine or business, you won’t forget your arrival in a hurry.

4. Courchevel Airport, France

The opening of the 1995 James Bond classic Goldeneye features Pierce Brosnan as 007 taking a nose-dive, on a motorbike off the side of a mountain, which also happens to be at the end of a runway, after an unmanned, taxiing aircraft! Arguably
one of the most unforgettable pre-credit scenes in any Bond film, ever, and so is the runway where it was filmed – Courchevel International Airport, situated almost 2,000 metres above sea level in the French Alps. What’s more – the runway is one of the steepest in the world, with a gradient of 18.6%!

 5. Princess Juliana International Airport, St. Maarten

The Caribbean is synonymous with exclusive, luxury resorts and idyllic beaches.The airport on the Dutch side of the Dutch-French Island of St. Maarten has a relatively short runway to navigate, pilots fly extremely low over the beach as they descend onto runway 10. This makes for a memorable experience before you’ve even touched down.

No matter your destination, or chosen arrival airport, Air Charter Scotland provides an exceptional private jet experience that offers a tailored service to every client. With a fleet of luxury light to heavy jets. We have the experience and expertise
to make your journey unique and personal.

Contact our expert charter team here.