Aviation

How are high flyers dealing with coronavirus? A new jet-to-yacht service seems to be the answer

Private jet charter company VistaJet has launched a direct jet-to-yacht service as a safe way for the ultra-rich to access yachts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Bloomberg, the charter firm created the solution due to popular demand from its members, with VistaJet calling the service “a unique and safe way to access your yacht”.

In a press statement, VistaJet explained the service includes flights to Malta – where the company is based – arrival in a VIP lounge and direct transport from private aircraft to the marina via pre-sanitised car.

As the company notes: “The World Health Organization singled out Malta as a role model for other countries in the fight against COVID-19, for implementing a number of effective measures to flatten the curve and control the situation.”

Vistajet said it will assist with all of the necessary arrangements to transfer high-flyers all the way to their fully-stocked yacht, including handling stock and yacht handling using local partners, and regulations and safety requirements.

Once booked, customers need to sign a safe passage agreement accepting that they and their guests will not stop on the way from the jet to the yacht, not leave the yacht while moored or sail to local islands and disembark.

VistaJet said they must also declare their planned yachting route.

While on the aircraft, temperatures will be taken to confirm they are within authorised limits and crew will provide masks and gloves for arrival.

In addition to multiple yacht marinas and a mild Mediterranean climate, Bloomberg reports that additional appeal for the rich to visit Malta is that the country levies zero taxes on income or capital gains earned overseas.

Additionally, there’s no estate tax, making it a popular choice for the ultra-rich when it comes to buying a second citizenship – a Maltese passport can reportedly be purchased for just 1.2 million euros ($1.94 million) in cash and property.


Featured image: iStock/Pavel Byrkin

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