DALLAS, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- (www.flexjet25.com/napavalley) -- Those who have ever dreamed of a private dining experience and cooking lesson with a master chef or of sharing a glass of fine wine with its winemaker -- all while raising funds for charity -- need look no further than the Flexjet 25* Jet Card, operated by U.S. air carrier Jet Solutions under FAR Part 135. This holiday season, purchasers of the "Napa Valley Edition" jet card will not only be recipients of the very best in private jet travel, but will also be treated to a rare opportunity to attend an intimate culinary experience with Chef Masaharu Morimoto, along with a pair of all-inclusive passes to Auction Napa Valley, the must-attend wine charity event of the year.
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Available for purchase through December 31, 2010, this distinctive offering begins with an invitation for two to a dinner personally prepared by renowned master chef Morimoto. Best known for his appearances on The Food Network's "Iron Chef America"™ -- Chef Morimoto has garnered critical and popular acclaim for his seamless integration of Western and Japanese culinary styles to create his own signature cuisine. Since working as head chef at Nobu, Morimoto has opened restaurants around the world -- earning him numerous accolades, including a coveted Michelin star. Guests will also have the unique opportunity to attend a private cooking class and sake tasting with Chef Morimoto at Morimoto Napa, his newest and first West Coast restaurant that opened in July 2010 in downtown Napa's new Riverfront development.
Through Flexjet – which markets the Flexjet 25 Jet Card program – and its relationship with the Napa Valley Vintners, the premier wine trade organization, jet card customers will also receive two four-day passes to the prestigious Auction Napa Valley. Program highlights include the "Taste Napa Valley" event, featuring a marketplace of more than 100 vintners pouring their best releases and the Barrel Tasting & Auction, followed by the popular "Friday Night in Napa Valley" vintner-hosted dinner parties. On Saturday, attendees are invited to the impressive Live Auction to bid on one-of-a-kind lots, including everything from rare bottlings and collections of Napa Valley wine to access to private once-in-a-lifetime events and incredible getaway packages.
Attendees will enjoy accommodations at Meadowood Napa Valley -- the area's first and finest luxury resort, as well as the setting for Auction Napa Valley since its inception -- during their three-night stay. A personal driver and luxury vehicle will also be provided for Flexjet 25 Jet Card program guests throughout the weekend.
For each special edition jet card sold, the Flexjet 25 Jet Card program helps Auction Napa Valley raise money for Napa charities. Since the first auction in 1981, this annual fundraiser has given nearly $100 million to healthcare, affordable housing, and youth development non-profit charities.
This year's limited-edition holiday offering marks the third annual expert-inspired Flexjet 25 Jet Card. The 2009 "Gold Edition" jet card program offered customers an unmatched experience at the Winter Games in Vancouver, including an opportunity to meet gold medal winners, tickets to four of the most sought-after events, a three-night stay at the Sutton Place Hotel and an on-site personal concierge. In addition, the 2008 "Expert Guide Edition" jet card program gave owners the opportunity to explore exclusive access to world-renowned experts for one-on-one experiences. Featured packages ranged from an inside look into the art world with Barbara Guggenheim to learning Texas Hold 'em from World Poker Tour-bracelet winner Antonio Esfandiari.
The Flexjet 25 "Napa Valley Edition" Jet Card, available in limited quantities, starts at $124,900, with timing of the package set for June 2 to June 5, 2011. For more information, call 888-240-2108 or visit www.flexjet25.com/napavalley.
Richardson, TX-based Flexjet – a division of Bombardier, the world's largest business aviation manufacturer - first entered the fractional jet ownership market in 1995. Flexjet now offers whole aircraft ownership and management, fractional jet ownership, jet cards and charter brokerage services. Flexjet is the first fractional aircraft program manager in the world to be recognized as achieving the Air Charter Safety Foundation's Industry Audit Standard. Flexjet's fractional program fields an exclusive family of Bombardier business aircraft - the youngest in the fractional jet industry with an average age of 3.5 years - including the Learjet 40 XR, Learjet 45 XR, Learjet 60 XR, Challenger 300 and Challenger 605 business jets. For more details on innovative programs and flexible offerings, visit www.flexjet.com.
Flexjet has an approved fractional ownership program pursuant 14 C.F.R. Part 91, Subpart K, and manages flights for individual aircraft owners under Part 91 whole aircraft management program. All other flights (e.g. Flexjet 25 card program, charter card program, supplemental lift, etc.) are provided by certificated air carriers in accordance with applicable laws and regulations, as Flexjet is not an air carrier.
About the Flexjet 25 Jet Card Program
First introduced in 2006, the Flexjet 25 Jet Card program -- operated under Part 135 by Jet Solutions -- offers travelers an easy way to sample private aviation without assuming ownership of a plane, while providing customers with an unbeatable combination of choice, flexibility and benefits amongst jet cards. The Flexjet 25 Jet Card program provides travel by the hour – in increments of 25-, 30- and 35-hours – on a fleet of Bombardier Learjet 40 XR, Learjet 45 XR, Learjet 60, Challenger 300 and Challenger 604 business aircraft, operated by Jet Solutions, a U.S. air carrier. Participants can choose from different price levels for each aircraft based on a preset number of travel days per year – ranging from an unrestricted 365-day jet card to a 355-day, 325-day or 275-day jet card. Additional hours are also available for purchase as needed. More information is available at www.flexjet25.com.
About Jet Solutions, LLC
Richardson, TX-based Jet Solutions, established in 1995, is one of the largest FAR Part 135 air carriers, having operated more than 1,000,000 flight hours for customers throughout the world. Jet Solutions is the first air carrier in the world to be recognized as achieving the Air Charter Safety Foundations Industry Audit Standard, and is the exclusive provider of the Flexjet 25 Jet Card program. www.jetsolutions.com
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from commercial aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, systems and services, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2010, were $19.4 billion US, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). Bombardier is listed as an index component to the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America indexes. News and information are available at www.bombardier.com.
About Auction Napa Valley
Auction Napa Valley was established by the Napa Valley Vintners in 1981 as a means to generate needed funds for healthcare, youth service and affordable housing non-profits. Auction Napa Valley is the "must-attend" wine event in America, and has given nearly $100 million since its inception. NVV member vintners and their wines have been the inspiration and backbone for charity wine auctions across the US. For more information on Auction Napa Valley and the non-profit programs it benefits, visit www.napavintners.com/anv.
About the Napa Valley Vintners
The Napa Valley Vintners is the non-profit trade association responsible for promoting and protecting the Napa Valley appellation as the premier winegrowing region. From seven founding members in 1944, today the association represents nearly 400 Napa Valley wineries and collectively is a leader in the worldwide wine industry. To learn more about our region and its legendary American wines, visit www.napavintners.com.
About Meadowood Napa Valley
Meadowood opened as Napa Valley's first luxury resort in 1979 and is today a center of social, cultural and viticultural life in Napa Valley and a second home for those who enjoy the beauty and hospitality of the wine country. The property features the finest resort setting in Napa Valley, championship croquet lawns, seven tennis courts, a nine-hole walking golf course, hiking trails, swimming, a full-service health spa, a wine educator, guest rooms, suites and cottages. The epitome of fine dining in a romantic, casually elegant setting, The Restaurant at Meadowood, under the culinary direction of Chef Christopher Kostow, has garnered two-stars from the esteemed Michelin Guide and four stars from the San Francisco Chronicle. www.meadowood.com
*The Flexjet 25 Jet Card program is operated under Part 135 by Jet Solutions, LLC, a U.S. air carrier. Flexjet 25 jet card terms and conditions apply.
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