Thrilled to announce our partnership with Banwa Private Island, Asia's most acclaimed destination, to establish and operate an integrated air mobility journey. To connect its high demanding clientele to the remote island nested in a protected area of Palawan, the Philippines, we set up a multi-modal travel bubble, for short and long hauls, deploying in sync helicopter, jet, seaplane, complemented by land and sea.
Banwa's use case demonstrates Ascent's ability to integrate and run complex operations, together with our ecosystem partners. It also complements our efforts towards enabling air mobility anywhere, at highest standards, having always in sight building air mobility "for the great multitude" (Henry Ford).
A new partnership between Banwa Private Island and Ascent Flights Global ("Ascent") will offer a truly curated experience of personal safety and privacy through sustainable chartered air travel starting 1st September 2021.
Banwa Private Island and Ascent are now offering an exclusive, seamless and highly personalised travel bubble experience from on-demand private flights to the luxurious island sanctuary.
Located in North-eastern Palawan and nestled in Sulu Sea, Banwa Private Island is set amidst one of the most outstanding areas of natural beauty imaginable. The glistening island of lush, verdant landscaping and pristine white sands is the ultimate in luxury, tranquility and infinite privacy.
With Ascent, the exclusive island is still remote, but not removed.
Conveniently and privately accessible by air from Manila by a preferred 8-seater seaplane directly from Manila on a 1 hour-45 minute scenic flight, landing on the doorstep of the exclusive island. Also available are helicopters for up to 10 passengers from Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport or The Peninsula Manila's helipad. Larger capacity fixed-wing aircraft from any destination in the Philippines is also part of the Ascent’s fleet.
Alternatively, guests can choose any commercial airline to any of Palawan’s three commercial airports, San Vicente, Puerto Princesa or El Nido, followed by a short helicopter flight across the Sulu Sea and land on Banwa Private Island’s own heli-lawn. For a more cost-effective option, guests can opt for onward travel to the island by a premium Sports Utility Vehicle from either San Vicente or Puerto Princesa airports in Palawan, followed by a short boat transfer to the island.
Ascent also offers to service both domestic and international arrivals by private jets, be it in Manila or Clark for onward journey with any of their varying type of aircraft, or directly to either San Vicente or Puerto Princesa airports in Palawan. Part of Ascent’s bespoke services is ground handling arrangements with meet and greet arrangements, inter-airport transfers, exclusive lounge service and immigration fast track.
Peter Nilsson, CEO of Banwa Private Island, greeted this new dynamic partnership with a comment: “We found a great partner in Ascent with our shared goal to deliver exceptional, personalised and intimate guest experiences to our affluent clientele. Our utmost priority is the genuine care and well-being of our guests from their chartered flight to their holiday experience in our informal and intimate island sanctuary. Personal safety and hand-crafted travel experiences have become even more important in the luxury travel landscape nowadays. Ascent’s long-term approach and commitment to a decarbonized world is well aligned with Banwa Private Island’s continuous dedication to sustainability”.
Lionel Sinai-Sinelnikoff, founder and CEO of Ascent added: “Banwa Private Island’s vision of an enhanced experience by air between Banwa Private Island’s guests’ home, and its remote delicate environment, is dear to us. With this partnership, guests' experience now starts with a seamless private bubble. Ascent's dedicated solution for Banwa Private Island, brings a holistic journey by air, like no other, beyond motion. With best-in-class air operations on fuel-efficient aircraft, Banwa Private Island’s guests elevate their journey with peace of mind”.
Ascent is a Singapore based startup powering Air Mobility in Asia. Technology and experience driven, Ascent is a Global Air Mobility Platform that integrates ecosystems and runs operations such as air taxi, touristic, cargo and medical services, within urban areas and across regions. Ascent ambitions to democratize Air Mobility, as a convenient, reliable and sustainable mode of mobility that addresses congestion, connectivity, environmental sustainability and health issues generated by rapid urbanization and the pandemic. Ascent is operational in the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Chile and the United Arab Emirates. Awaiting all-electric aircraft such as eVTOLs, Ascent makes use of helicopters and planes today.
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