XOJET’s Guide to the Masters

March 23, 2017  |  Events, Katie McElveen, Ron Kroichick

By Ron Kroichick, Sports Columnist/Feature Writer for the San Francisco Chronicle

Augusta National

Let’s face it: The Masters almost never disappoints.

This stretches beyond, say, the 1997 edition, when young Tiger Woods made history with his landmark victory. Consider five years ago, when Bubba Watson memorably curved a shot out of the forest to prevail in a playoff.

Or two years ago, when Jordan Spieth – not quite as young as Woods in ’97, but close – launched his riveting run at the Grand Slam. Or the year after, when Spieth collapsed on the back nine on Sunday and unheralded Englishman Danny Willett slipped his arms into the green jacket.

Few marquee sporting events perpetually produce great theater the way the Masters does, and XOJET can take you there – right to Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field, only 13 miles from the course.

Anticipation for the Masters builds all winter, as golf slowly emerges from hibernation and winds its way to the azaleas and pines of eastern Georgia. Augusta National is part of the tournament’s allure, not only for the picturesque setting but also for the cool, thrill-seeking stage it provides.

The course favors power hitters and those with creativity around the greens. Augusta also lends itself to final-round excitement, with two reachable par-5s (Nos. 13 and 15) and a potential birdie hole (No. 16) coming down the stretch.

There also are plenty of treacherous holes, as Spieth learned all too well last year. But the magic of the Masters, set for April 6-9 this year, includes a powerful sense of history. These are the same fairways Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson once walked … and Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus … and Woods and Phil Mickelson.

Now, here in 2017, who will win the year’s first major?

If you’re traveling to Augusta, this all-encompassing guide will help you find out in style:

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March Madness: A Game Plan with XOJET

March 15, 2017  |  Events, Ron Kroichick

XOJET March Madness 2017

March Madness resonates with American sports fans because it’s authentic. Just picture the faces of college basketball players if their “bubble team” is selected for the NCAA Tournament – a captivating mix of wonder, exhilaration, and sheer joy.

Then the games begin, and so does the theater.

This year’s journey culminates April 1 and 3 with the Final Four in Glendale, Arizona. But the road to the desert begins in nine scattered cities March 16-19 and advances through four more venues March 23-26.

Along the way, the customary drama will unfold, from epic upsets to improbable, last-second shots. Every tournament matchup carries a distinctive brand of urgency—akin to Game 7 of an NBA playoff series—and XOJET follows suit to offer seamless private charters to every single game from 1 to 67 (see below for a full list of host cities, including recommended airports).

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Thirty-Six Hours in Telluride

elluride Ski Resort | Brett Schreckengost

Photo: Telluride Ski Resort | Brett Schreckengost

There are many reasons to fly private, but one of our favorites is the easy access it offers to destinations that are often considered difficult to reach.

Like Telluride, Colorado.

Set within a glacier-carved box canyon 360 miles from Denver, Telluride gives us everything we want in an alpine destination: dramatic scenery, tremendous skiing with no lift lines, a walkable downtown, and a sprinkling of celebrities, all wrapped up within the rocky peaks of the San Juan Mountains.

Here’s how we spend three perfect days in this winter wonderland.

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State of the Business 2017 by Chairman & CEO, Brad Stewart

February 16, 2017  |  XOJET

CEO Update

2016 marked the fourth year that I have been XOJET’s CEO, and this past year has most definitely been the most rewarding of my tenure. Our team performed brilliantly and our client community flourished like never before. XOJET has now become the company that we all imagined it could be, a true industry leader.

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XOJET’S Super Bowl Guide to Houston

January 23, 2017  |  Events, Gary Walther

Here at XOJET we have to hand it to Houston. From Sam to Whitney to Tom (“Houston, we have a problem”), the city has cemented its place in American culture despite sharing the stage with other great performers: Dallas-Ft. Worth, Austin, and New Orleans.

This year it steals the stage as the host of Super Bowl 51, actually the 50th anniversary of the original Super Bowl. The city knows its Super Bowl stuff, having hosted the game in 1974 and 2004.

Whichever team wins, you win by chartering XOJET—which flies you in and out with ease, style, and comfort. Here is your playbook for the days in-between.

XOJET Challenger 300 Engine

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XOJET Partners with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

January 17, 2017  |  XOJET Partnerships

As a pioneer in on-demand private aviation, we strive to provide the highest levels of client service at every point of the travel experience. And now, thanks to an exclusive partnership with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, that five-star service will continue upon arrival at your final destination.

Today, we are thrilled to unveil our first global hotel partnership which allows Preferred Access and Elite Access program clients to enjoy privileges, including VIP status and the opportunity to upgrade accommodations, when staying at any Mandarin Oriental property.  Additional amenities will also be available during the stay, in keeping with Mandarin Oriental’s distinguished service.

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Exterior in Marrakech, Morocco

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Behind the Scenes at the New San Francisco MOMA

January 12, 2017  |  Art, Gary Walther, San Francisco

SFMOMA - San Francisco, CA Museum of Modern Art Exterior
Snøhetta expansion of the new SFMOMA, 2016; photo: © Henrik Kam, courtesy SFMOMA

Staying in the loop is easy when you have daily flights touching down in virtually every major city across America. But nowhere are we more connected to happenings on the ground than San Francisco, where XOJET was born, raised, and molded amid a burgeoning start-up culture brimming with technology and innovation.

“San Francisco is the perfect home base for us,” says Brad Stewart, XOJET President and CEO. “We’re honored to be a part of this forward-thinking community and constantly gain inspiration from the city around us.”

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Seven Under-the-Radar Film Festivals To Catch in 2017

December 29, 2016  |  Art, Whitney Friedlander

The film festival market is ripe with glamorous travel destinations offering a behind-the-scenes look at the movie industry. In January the spotlight shifts to Park City, Utah, where countless XOJET flights are descending for their annual pilgrimage to the Sundance Film Festival.

It’s the first major date on the annual movie calendar—and certainly one of its most anticipated—but as savvy cinephiles know, it’s far from the only destination worth a layover during an action-packed year in cinema.

Below are some of our other favorite film festivals of the upcoming year, flying more under-the-radar than Sundance but offering the same blend of Oscar contenders, up-and-coming directors, and indie-films-turned-mainstream-hits.

Amy Smart Carter Oosterhouse Ct Mark Davis Getty Images At The Sun Valley Film Festival In Sun Valley, Idaho

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XOJET Partners with Etihad Airways to Provide Exclusive Travel Benefits

Today, we are embarking on a private-commercial partnership that breaks new ground for ultra-high-net-worth flyers traveling internationally from leading private jet brand to leading international airline, Etihad Airways.
Etihad Airways A380

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The Art of Dressing for Art Basel: 3 Experts Give Their Take

November 20, 2016  |  Art, Events, Hayley Phelan, Private Jet Charter

Every year at the beginning of December, a new swarm of fashionable jetsetters descends on the city of Miami. We’re not just talking of sun-starved beachgoers fleeing winter for South Beach, but instead the thousands of art world insiders, collectors, and artists who flock to Miami for Art Basel, one of the most important art fairs of the year.

Art Basel is always quite the feast for the eyes, and the art isn’t half-bad either. However, just as entertaining—and inspiring—as the masterpieces on the wall, are those walking about the fair and sipping Champagne at the after-parties. So now the challenge, if you’re flying XOJET in the direction of Miami Beach, is what to wear?

While you’ll certainly want to blend in with those well-dressed hordes, you’ll also want to stay relatively comfortable. We spoke with three Basel-bound style experts, including artist Jenna Pietrobon, stylist Ian Bradley, and gallerist Leila Greiche, for tips on how to pull off the ultimate Basel look.

What to Wear…for the Preview Day

What to wear for Art Basel Preview Day

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