PrivateFly.com teams up with Chris Evans for BBC Children in Need
-Private jet booking service helps provide VIP flights for 'money-can't-buy' charity auction-
The company has helped to arrange a jet for the 8 Go Mad in Monaco trip, for which listeners were able to bid live on air on Thursday 15 November. Winning bids for the package totalled over £1 million.
Four pairs of tickets were auctioned for the four-night trip. In addition to the private jet flights, the package included: 'Access All Areas’ VIP tickets to the 2013 Monaco Grand Prix; brunch with the F1 teams from Ferrari, McLaren, Lotus or Red Bull; accommodation at The Columbus Hotel; a party on Chris Evans' own yacht; and an invitation for one couple to Prince Albert of Monaco's cocktail party.
The Children in Need Auction took place over four mornings this week on the BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show, raising over £3.5 million in total. It offered unique, VIP celebrity experiences to the highest bidder - with all proceeds going to the annual BBC charity event.
Other prizes included the chance to drive one of Chris Evans’ own ‘Magnificent Seven’ cars; a Dine and Disco package featuring Goodwood Festival of Speed tickets and a performance from Gary Barlow; and the chance to play a 4 Ball of golf with Chris Evans and Graeme McDowell in the BMW PGA Championship Celebrity Pro-Am.
PrivateFly has arranged the flights in a Bombardier Challenger 850, operated by Air X, which seats up to 16 people. The aircraft will make the return trip from London Farnborough to Nice Cote d'Azur in May next year.
Adam Twidell, CEO of PrivateFly, comments: "We are delighted to be able to help Chris Evans and his team put together this once-in-a-lifetime trip. The auction is a Children in Need highlight, offering money-can't-buy experiences, and raises a significant amount of money for a very worthy cause."
PrivateFly is an online booking network that makes it quicker, easier and more cost effective to arrange private jet charter. With over 7000 aircraft registered worldwide, PrivateFly is the only online aggregator for private jet charter in Europe.
PrivateFly combines online efficiency and transparency with offline expertise to offer a full-service VIP charter service to direct customers and partners. The bespoke software has been created in-house specifically to meet the needs of charter customers and operators.
In 2010 PrivateFly launched the world's first iPhone application to provide instant private jet pricing on a mobile phone and now offers the equivalent application for the Android platform.
PrivateFly.com was awarded Website of The Year in Flight International's 2011 'Webbies' awards, which recognise online excellence across the whole of the aviation industry - the judges describing it as "the iTunes" of aviation. It was also announced as one of the Smarta 100 companies in 2010, by a judging panel including Dragon’s Den’s Deborah Meaden and other leading entrepreneurs, such as Bebo founder Michael Birch.
Founded in 2008, PrivateFly is based in St Albans, Hertfordshire. In September 2011 it announced successful investment fundraising of £2 million, enabling international expansion plans and further enhancements to its technology platform.
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