LONDON, UK – New travel management company Equinox Travel has begun operations, offering clients unparalleled expertise in music and entertainment travel. The Equinox brand is further boosted with the launch of sister company Equinox Charter.
Set up by former The Appointment Group (TAG) and ET Travel Ltd directors Ian Patterson and Glen Duckworth, Equinox enables clients to streamline their travel booking process through its comprehensive travel services offering.
With combined travel experience of over 100 years, Equinox’s expert team specialise in delivering bespoke travel solutions and managing complex itineraries for bands and solo artists, agents, tour managers, film production companies and more.
Equinox CEO Ian Patterson says: “We understand the demands and nuances of live touring and film production, from last-minute schedule changes to complex logistical challenges. This is why we’re committed to delivering the bespoke, personal, high-touch travel management solutions our clients not only demand, but also deserve.
“Nowadays, travel is often fragmented, with many TMCs outsourcing aircraft charter to a third party. Through Equinox Charter, we are uniquely positioned to deliver a seamless and efficient service to clients with complex travel needs, by offering ultra-competitive pricing and greater flexibility on private aircraft bookings.
“As we prepare for a huge influx of concert tours, live shows and major sporting events early next year, Equinox is excited to support clients with their commercial and private aviation requirements, along with their accommodation and ancillary travel needs – becoming their trusted and reliable ‘360-degree’ travel partner.”
Equinox Travel’s global services include hotel bookings, serviced apartment and private accommodation rentals, car hire and chauffeur services, ferry and rail transport management and a range of other travel services, alongside commercial airline bookings. Private aircraft charter solutions will be kept within the Equinox family and handled by Equinox Charter.
While music and entertainment are at the heart of its operations, the company’s team of senior experts also offers specialist travel support for professional sportspersons, athletes and sports agents, as well as facilitating corporate travel and arranging luxury leisure trips for those seeking to enjoy a well-deserved break.
Led by Elliot Bottomley, Equinox Charter provides a 24/7 consultative service and draws on decades of business aviation and music management experience to provide seamless, global private aircraft chartering solutions to clients across all sectors.
Equinox Charter was set up with a clear commitment to industry best practice and a heavy focus on charter safety. As a sign of intent to how the company hopes to integrate and expand in the business aviation sector, Equinox Charter has become a member of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and the British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA).
Across its vast portfolio of travel services, Equinox is committed to sustainable travel, and actively encourages and supports clients in choosing responsible travel methods.
It strives to accommodate clients’ existing sustainable travel policies – whether that be selecting air travel options with lower emissions, providing the opportunity to offset carbon, making smart operator choices, promoting the use of empty legs, evaluating hotel choices based on sustainability factors or facilitating car transfers with electric vehicles.
The start-up, which aims to fill the market gap for comprehensive travel services for the music and entertainment industry, benefits from the expertise of specialists including CEOs Ian Patterson and Glen Duckworth.
The duo is renowned for steering ET Travel Ltd to become a leading TMC in the sector, and later holding joint Chief Operating Officer roles at global travel management company The Appointment Group (TAG).