APT launches new Private Air Tours

2021 program to explore the Outback, Kimberley, Southern Ocean and the Top End

APT is preparing to introduce a series of luxury holidays around Australia that includes privately chartered aircraft. Demand was so high for last month’s maiden departure exploring the Queensland outback that the journey was a sell-out.

APT’s Private Air Tours have been designed for guests to travel with ease to some of the country’s most remote locations, all the while enjoying bird’s-eye views and visiting landmarks. Guests will benefit from the use of private plane departure terminals in a number of locations, allowing for quick and easy embarkation/disembarkation. Once landing in the heart of destinations (some not accessible by larger commercial jets), guests will stay in luxury (or the region’s best available) accommodation and have time to relax and indulge, with gourmet dining experiences included. There will also be the opportunity to discover more about the special places they are visiting.

The program differs from that of APT’s sister-brand, Captain’s Choice, which has curated luxury Private Jet tours for over 25 years. The APT product has been developed to lure a wide range of travellers ensuring both brands are positioned appropriately in the market.

The two brands offer differing itineraries, the aircrafts cabin configuration vary which means different group sizes. APT tours will feature economy seating whereas many of the aircrafts Captain’s Choice uses have business class seating and there is a doctor travelling with the group.

APT Private Air Tours, Qantas charter aircraft pilots

David Cox, CEO of APT Travel Group, said the new initiative offers a genuine alternative to commercial airline travel in this uncertain era.

“Itineraries are handcrafted around iconic Australian sights, both from the air and on the ground, and our selection of aircraft, schedules and flight paths match this, allowing guests to travel in comfort across vast distances in a short amount of time.”

“As we all know, the travel industry has changed dramatically. Many scheduled commercial flights have been cancelled and the reality is we don’t know when they will resume. By chartering a private aircraft and designing itineraries to match our guests’ needs we can offer a unique holiday experience that is possible in this new travel landscape. We are excited to add this new travel style to our portfolio and know it is a perfect fit for our product range,” Cox said.

APT Private Air Tour, Whitsundays/Great Barrier Reef viewing

The maiden itinerary was the first APT tour to operate since March. Some 60 Queenslanders explored their state’s outback region over nine days.

Cox said the program’s response has been incredible.

“We know our travel-agent partners will be keen to offer their clients these new itineraries,” Cox added.

A second itinerary is now on sale and will depart Brisbane on 18 November 2020, taking guests by private plane from Queensland to Kangaroo Island, Port Augusta and Uluru, with two nights in each location. It’s priced from $6,695 per person, twin share.

APT Private Air Tours, Marree Man, Flinders Ranges

APT’s range of Private Air Tours departing in 2021 include the;

  • 9-day Queensland Outback & Tropics operating return from Brisbane on 16 May, 6  and 20 June and 5 September; leading in at $8,995 per person twin share;
  • 8-day West Coast & The Kimberley from Darwin to Perth, scheduled for 10 and 26 May; 25 June; 11 July; 10 and 26 August, and priced from $7,695 per person twin share. (This itinerary operates in reverse on other dates).
  • 7-day Southern Ocean to the Top End from Melbourne to Darwin, departing 10 June and 26 July, priced from $6,995 per person twin share. (This itinerary also operates in reverse on other dates).

The Private Air Tours meet all new APT and airline partner health and safety protocols, including pre-departure screening.

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