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Nice to Meet You

from around the World

Our Story

In 2020 the world changed, possibly forever.  When the Covid-19 Armageddon hit, our travel and tourism industry, along with hospitality & restaurants virtually ceased to exist.  Many of us have dedicated our lives to building our businesses & have welcomed travellers from around the world for many years.  We support our families, our employees & our communities.  We have faced challenges none of us every thought we would see in our lifetimes.

But our industry is a resilient one.  We have faced terror attacks, financial crisis & epidemics before and we are still here and we will survive.  Airbreaks is a collaboration of passionate business owners, hoteliers, aviators, tour guides and restauranteurs who will not take this lying down.  We have teamed up to create a range of experiences and holidays focused on re-opening our world while paying careful attention to your health & safety.   From flying safe to stay safe.

Many thousands of people depend upon us for their livelihoods in all four corners of the globe & tens of thousands more along the supply chain.  So, from around the world, thank you for putting your trust in us and thank you for travelling on. 

 

Feel free to browse the holidays that we have crafted for you or drop us a line to create something unique.

Thank you.

The Global Airbreaks Team, our Employees & their families

THE BOSS

Meet The Founders

Neil Baines

Chief Executive Officer

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Neil has over 20 years experience in Aviation & Travel. Neil graduated from University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Adminstration with a specialization
in tourism.

 

After 4 years with Comair & British Airways in Ground Services & Public Relations, Neil became a partner in a leading Corporate Travel Agency.  Neil later went on to establish his own tourism company working with a number of top international travel brands in publishing, destination management and retail travel before selling the business in 2010.

 

Neil retained ownership of his second company,  a commercial air charter brokerage handling government, celebrities and high-net-worth individuals as well as operating events and group tours on behalf of DStv, Africa’s leading broadcaster.

Now based in the United Kingdom, Neil oversees all flights and tour operations under both the Flitestar and Journeys by Private Jet brands.

 

Ronnie Harris

Director North America

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Based between Denver, New York & South Africa, Ronnie is responsible for Journeys operations in the key North American market.

 

Having spent the last 31 years
in the airline and travel industry, Ronnie started her career in Sales at British Airways covering the London region.

 

After meeting her husband and
moving to the United States, Ronnie worked for American Airlines in their Top Accounts Department, responsible for the top revenue markets of New York and
Connecticut.

 

After discovering a love for Africa, Ronnie held the role of Director Sales & Marketing: Americas for Nationwide Airlines, a privately owned South African carrier.

 

Ronnie owned Under African Skies, a leading representation Company focusing on East and Southern Africa, working with high-end industry clientele across the US and Canada.

 

Ronnie is also a founding partner of Journeys by Exotic, a US based tour
operator.

Marco-David Soares

Creative Director

Marco was born in the former Portuguese colony of Angola. A former refugee from the Angolan conflict, Marco grew up in the former homeland of the Transkei
where he attended the first multi-racial school in South Africa prior to 1994.

 

An accomplished sportsman, Marco obtained Provincial & National colours
in gymnastics and show-jumping. Marco went on to study fine-art, fashion design and then qualified in the veterinary medicine field where he developed a
particular talent for reconstructive surgery.

 

Upon meeting Neil in 2009, Marco assisted with a number of tourism related projects before joining Neil full-time in their aviation business. Marco gained extensive experience during this time in Event Management & Co-Ordination personally handling a number of large charter and incentive groups during his time at Jet Express and DStv.

Marco is responsible for the guest experience collatoral at Journeys as well as the LGBTQ+ component of the Company.

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