NOW YOU CAN ENJOY TRAVEL BY PRIVATE JET FOR JUST £58

Consumers long used to the Netflix and Spotify’s ‘all you can eat’ subscription model can now enjoy unlimited private-jet travel, with Surf Air offering its customers as many flights as they like for £1,750 a month.

Just shy of £58 a day, the fee provides membership to Surf Air’s European flight network, which has officially launched today and which offers flights from London Luton to a handful of destinations including Cannes, Zurich, Geneva and Milan. Many more are expected to launch over the coming months.

 

Having paid their subscription fee, clients who book flights online – a process that takes just 30 seconds, says Surf Air – can travel as often as they wish to any of the destinations within their network. It will be possible to check in up to 15 minutes before take-off and they will fly on Embraer Phenom 300 executive jets and Swiss-made Pilatus PC-12 aircraft; there will be a maximum of eight clients per flight. Interiors will be equipped with USB plugs and work counters should passengers need to prepare for a meeting, but the planes themselves will likely serve as spontaneous networking stations too.

Surf Air was founded in the US in 2013 and already services 17 American destinations from its California and Texas hubs. The company’s European CEO Simon Talling-Smith says: “Surf Air offers a smarter, better alternative to commercial travel. Our streamlined service means no queues, no tickets and no stress. We focus our efforts on making each flying experience as simple and effortless as possible.”

A JetSmarter jet
A JetSmarter jet

Surf Air’s arrival in Europe follows the launch in this region of JetSmarter. An app-based platform described as ‘the Uber of private jets’, it is backed by investors such as Jay Z and the Saudi royal family and offers instant pricing and availability for flights worldwide, allowing its users to charter private jets immediately. As with Surf Air, membership options allow unlimited flights on its private-jet shuttle service for a set fee.

Established European JetSmarter shuttle routes include London to Paris, Nice and Geneva, while customers departing from London will also be able to fly to Ibiza, Moscow and Milan from this summer onwards. JetSmarter expects to operate flights between 150 European cities within the next two years. Membership costs $15,000 per year and unlimited flights, globally, of under three hours’ duration are included in that tariff. Longer flights are subject to individual surcharges ranging from between $200 to $3,000 dependent on flight length and demand.

Frequent fliers who don’t wish to commit to that might instead like to enter the Telegraph Travel Awards, which this year is offering as one of its prizes a year of JetSmarter private-jet flights worth £33,000. Unexpectedly, easyJet has also partnered with private-jet logistics company Signature Flight Support to offer its passengers access to London Luton’s private-jet terminal. For a fee of £475 (and an additional £120 for each subsequent passenger on the same booking), easyJet passengers departing from or landing at Luton will be able to use the private terminal as part of their flight experience.

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ARROGANT AND INSENSITIVE KENSINGTON RESIDENT THREATENS TO MOVE OUT OF HER PRIVATE BLOCK IF GRENFELL FIRE VICTIMS RE REHOUSED

A Kensington resident told a shocked radio presenter she would move out if Grenfell Tower families were rehoused in her private block.

The woman, called Donna, complained to LBC host Shelagh Fogarty that if people made homeless on the blaze moved into her luxury building for free, it would be very unfair.

It comes after it was revealed 68 social housing flats in the £2 billion Kensington Row development have been acquired to house families hit by the blaze.

In the radio interview, Donna said her service charge bill was £15,500, and said: “I would feel really resentful if someone got the same thing for free.

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Shocked: Shelagh Fogarty (LBC)

“I feel sorry for those people but my husband and I work very hard to be able to afford this.

“And for someone to get it free, I would move.”

A shocked Ms Fogarty replied: “You’d move?”

Donna went on: “Our council tax bill is very, very high, our service charge bill is very, very high, so why should someone get it for free?

Some Grenfell Tower residents are to be re-homed in a £2bn luxury block

“I know it sounds harsh believe me I feel sorry for those people but I work very, very hard and so does my husband.”

Ms Fogarty hit back: “It does sound harsh, you sound hard-hearted.”

She told her: “Lucky you that you’ve got that money and you haven’t been burned out of your home.”

The comments came after several Kensington Rise residents caused outrage by branding the move “unfair”.

One man told the Guardian: “I’m very sad that people have lost their homes, but there are a lot of people here who have bought flats and will now see the values drop.

“It will degrade things. And it opens up a can of worms in the housing market.”

The comments were branded “horrendous” and lacking “humanity” on Twitter.

The properties that have been acquired are a mixture of one, two and three-bedroom flats, and the new accommodation is expected to be completed by the end of July.

Two bedroom flats are currently being advertised for up to £2.4 million, but it is understood the City of London Corporation paid around £10 million for some of the flats thanks to an “extraordinary gesture” of goodwill by developer St Edward in selling the properties at their cost price.

The deal was brokered by the Homes and Communities Agency on behalf of the Government.

MORE NIGERIANS DEPORTED FROM EUROPE ON IMMIGRATION RELATED OFFENSES

Just two days after Libya deported 175 Nigerians for entering the country illegally, six European countries deported an additional 34 Nigerians on Thursday.

The European countries said that the Nigerian deportees committed immigration-related offenses in the European countries.

The Nigerians were deported from Switzerland, Germany, Iceland, Austria, Belgium and Hungary.

The deportees, who flew in a chartered Air Blue Panorama aircraft, arrived at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos at about 6:30 a.m. on Thursday morning.

Among the deportees were 32 men and 2 women, our correspondent gathered.

Deputy Superintendent of Police Joseph Alabi, the spokesman of the Lagos Airport Police Command, confirmed the development to our correspondent on the phone.

“This morning, we received 34 Nigerians who were brought back from Europe. They were made up of 32 males and 2 females.”

He said all the deportees were alleged to have committed immigration-related offenses in their host countries.

Mr. Alabi said the deportees were received by officers of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) , the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the Nigeria Police Force.

Also on ground to receive them were officials the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

The deportees were profiled by immigration authorities before leaving the airport.

On Tuesday, Libya returned 175 Nigerians from the North African country aboard a chartered Nouvelair aircraft, which landed at 7:50pm at the Lagos airport.

The returnees were made up of 34 males, 122 females, 10 children and 9 infants.

They were brought back by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the Nigerian Embassy in Libya.

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GRENFELL FIRE VICTIMS EVICTED FROM TEMPORARY ACCOMMODATION PROVIDED BY COUNCIL

Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire have been evicted from their emergency hotel accommodation at short notice after the local council was unable to extend their booking.

In a letter from Kensington and Chelsea council to the families affected, it said people needed to urgently leave their rooms by 4pm on Friday.

“Despite efforts to extend your stay at the Holiday Inn Kensington Forum, regrettably the hotel has stated that they do not have availability,” the council wrote.

The letter, which was subsequently shared on social media, tells families to contact the council’s accommodation team as a matter of urgency and provides a phone number.

A council spokesman said: “The Holiday Inn Gloucester Road was unable to continue accommodating 30 households due to previous bookings and we are deeply sorry for the manner in which the families had been informed of the need to move them.”

The people concerned were reportedly staying in 20 rooms at the Kensington hotel and the council said those who had to leave had been offered alternative hotels in central London.

Pilgrim Tucker, a community organiser working with the Grenfell Action Group, said in a statement released by the Radical Housing Group: “It’s beyond disgusting that after all these people have been through, losing their neighbours and watching their homes burn to the ground, authorities are prepared to tell them that they have hours to pick up their bags and move to some unknown destination… It makes you wonder if anything has been learned from the Grenfell catastrophe.

Community groups and volunteers claim some people have been moved several times since the fire broke out. In response, the council said it was trying hard to avoid “unnecessary moves for people”.

A volunteer, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “This is bad for the families. It’s bad because they’ve already had to endure enough, bad because they are being told this at the last minute, and let’s admit, this country only treats certain people this way.

“It is also bad because people are now being split across accommodation all over and that means it’s probably going to be even harder for the families in question to get support.”

Leila al-Halabi, who has been volunteering in the area since the fire, claimed “families have been split up into various accommodation away from each other”.

 

Read also: Grenfell Tower fire: police considering manslaughter charges

FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE BLAZE IN BLOCK OF FLATS AT BETHNAL GREEN, NORTH LONDON

Fifty eight firefighters are tackling a blaze at a block of flats in Bethnal Green, east London.

One person has been treated for the effects of breathing in smoke at the four-storey building on Turin Street.

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London Fire Brigade said flames engulfed half of a third floor flat and have spread to the roof of the building.

Bethnal Green Road has been closed in both directions. It is unclear how the fire started.

FORMER PRESIDENT OBASANJO BACKS LONDON SEMINAR NDDIS

FORMER president Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has thrown his weight behind the Fourth Nigerian Direct Diaspora Investment Summit (NDDIS) taking place in London next month and plans to unveil three initiatives at the event.

Being organised for the fourth time, NDDIS 2017 is focusing on developing the government’s plans to diversify the Nigerian economy and end the dependency on oil even as it encourages collaboration between Nigerians in the Diaspora and companies in Nigeria in all the sectors. It aims to tap into the potential of the diaspora as well as attract foreign direct investors, who will be linked up with the federal and Nigerian state governments.

 

Among those who will be attending will be Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State; Senator Lanre Tejuosho, the chairman of the senate committee on health; Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on diaspora affairs and the chair of the Diaspora Committee at the House of Representatives, Hon Rita Orji.

Chief Obasanjo will be represented by  Ayo Aderinwale, the deputy coordinator of the Obasanjo Library.

In addition, the African Leadership Forum (ALF) an initiative of Chief Obasanjo is set to be represented by Dr Olumide Ajayi, the chief executive of the organisation.

Founded in Nigeria in 1988, the ALF was set up to help improve the current quality of leadership across Africa while at the same time helping to train the next generation of leaders for the continent.

At the summit in London next month, the ALF will be partnering with NDDIS to launch a diaspora integration and investment support scheme (Diiss). It is designed to help support diasporans as they return to Nigeria to set up their businesses through induction courses and other initiatives.

 

Bimbo Afolayan

NDDIS chairman Chief Bimbo Afolayan said: “The overall name for the initiative is Diiss but it is made up of three parts. This includes the diaspora adaptive programme, the portfolio investment scheme and the direct business ownership scheme.
“Taking place at the School of Oriental Studies (Soas) in central London on July 13 and 14, NDDIS has identified 250 existing diasporan businesses that will like to set up their models in Nigeria to provide employment. It will be followed by a summit dinner on Saturday 15th July and among those supporting the event are UK Trade & Investment, the Afford UK, Soas, the British African Business Alliance and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.”

Mr Aderinwale provides consulting services for several international agencies, including the United Nations, European Union and the African Union. He participated in the initial drafting of the Millennium Plan for Africa, which later became the New Partnership for Africa’s Development and was an inaugural member of the Nigeria Steering Committee of the Africa Peer Review Mechanism.

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He is currently the chairman of the board of directors of Justrite, one of the largest superstores in Lagos and Ogun States. In addition, he is also the chairman of the board of directors of the Business School Netherlands and chairman of the board of governors of Bells Educational Services, as well as the Bells Comprehensive Secondary School for Boys and Girls.

According to Chief Afolayan, the vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has shown an interest in the summit and will be sending a delegation if he is unable to attend. He added that anyone willing to register for the event must visit http://www.nddis.com where they will be able to purchase their tickets online.

For more information contact:
Ene Ebong
Programme manager
07886 602096
enebong@googlemail.com

Ayo Akinfe
Publicity director
07866 164300
ayoakinfe@gmail.com

Bimbo Afolayan
Chairman
NDDIS
07903 560623
abimbola70@aol.com