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Premier Aviation Press Release (24 October 2008)

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Luciano Pavarotti - A Concert of Tribute

Charity concert and memorial ceremony remembering the Great Maestro in Petra, Jordan, October 2008.


Top artists from the worlds of classical and popular music performed on what would have been Pavarotti's 73rd birthday (12 October) in remembrance of his great talent. The singers, including Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras, commemorated the life of late tenor Luciano Pavarotti at a concert, organised by British promoter Harvey Goldsmith, held in Petra, Jordan during October.

The artistes were among many others who made the long trek through the mountains to the site of the ancient Treasury at Petra to honour Pavarotti. Other famous names who took part in the three-day commemoration were Sting, soprano Cynthia Lawrence, Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli and 13 year old Jordanian violinist, Aleem Kandour.
Pavarotti had previously expressed a desire to give a concert himself at the UNESCO World Heritage site and discussed the possibility with members of the Jordanian Royal Family.

In common with Princess Haya of Jordan, Pavarotti was involved in raising funds for UN children's charities and proceeds from this concert, entitled Salute Petra, were for the continued benefit of these charities.
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UK-based business aircraft Charter Broker Premier Aviation provided and coordinated the logistics of 6 aircraft on charters for this very special event. Premier flew in many of the invited guests, some of the artistes, production team and TV crew on a specially chartered B757 airliner from London to Aqaba airport, Jordan. They also utilised business jet operators from 5 different countries to fly in many of the artistes performing at the concert and to coordinate their travel between London, Moscow, Mumbai, Vienna, Barcelona & Madrid to Jordan.

Premier Aviation's Managing Director, Adrian Whitmarsh, was on hand in Jordan to coordinate and supervise all flight operations at Aqaba airport and liaise with ground transport, concert production staff & management. Flight operations continued around the clock over the 4 days, with artistes incorporating the visit into their busy tour commitments spanning from Spain in the west to India in the east. Adrian worked closely with Jordanian tour logistics company Discovery to coordinate the transfers of the guests, artistes and production teams to and from the special flights. VIP's attending the concert included members of the Jordanian Royal family, government delegations from other Middle Eastern states and, of course, Pavarotti's home country of Italy.

Mr Adrian Whitmarsh is the Managing Director of Premier Aviation. Adrian is well known throughout the music and business world, the company specialises in the provision of aircraft charter from small executive jets through to business airliners. With 25 years aircraft charter experience serving the music business and network offices in London, New York and Sydney, Premier Aviation is well positioned to fulfil all global charter requirements.

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Premier Aviation Press Release (24 October 2008)
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