How Celebrities Fly

James Butler Explains the Lure of Private Air Travel to Halogen Guides Jets

Bethesda, Maryland • March 2008

With high-profile clients such as pro-golfers Scott Verplank and Scott Hoch, and Hall of Fame football star, Howie Long, Shaircraft CEO, James Butler, understands why celebrities (professional athletes in particular) find private air travel is the only way to go.

As he tells Halogen Guides’ new Jets feature, it’s more than just extravagance. “Private jets fly into over 5,500 airports in the United States alone, while commercial airlines are limited to only 500 airports,” says Butler. “Add to this that private air travelers can fly on their schedule rather than the airlines’ and you have an extremely attractive service that’s reliable, convenient, safe and private.”

For example, Butler notes, “A professional golfer like Scott Hoch gets to every tournament with his clubs, when he needs to be there, so that he can honor his commitments to the tournament, the fans and his sponsors. Scott can get home from a tournament the same day, spend time with his wife and kids, and when he returns to the tour, he’s relaxed and ready to play. This is part of his support system, like his coach, his caddy and his equipment.”

The bottom line? “The world opens up when you fly privately,” says Butler.

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