Corporate Balloons & Promotions pilots are commercially licensed and able to provide passenger flights in a client’s branded hot air balloon. Hot air balloon flights—which for most people are a once-in-a-lifetime experience—are scheduled only at sunrise or approximately 90 minutes before sunset over the client’s pre-determined market area.
Corporate hot air balloon flights are the ultimate “thank you” for a client or employee! Passengers will always remember this once-in-a-lifetime experience that’s hard to top.Corporate Balloons & Promotions has unmatched experience. Working in partnership with the Chicago DMA, Corporate Balloons & Promotions is the only company that has ever provided flights from Chicago, Cook County, Oak Brook, Palos Park, Wheeling, Arlington Heights, Lake Forest, and several other communities.
Airborne Flights. Our team of pilots has global experience. Safety is priority Number 1 and therefore we fly in winds less than 10 miles per hour, no rain, and fair skies. In the event of inclement weather, we work with clients to reschedule the flight.
Based on the wind direction, the pilot will select a launch site to allow for a scenic flight that will travels from tree top height to approximately 1,500 feet above the ground, which is the height of the Chicago’s Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower). We steer the balloon over target areas for maximum spectator visibility.
Chief pilot and host Bennett Schwontkowski has been a professional hot air balloon pilot for 40 years. He has safely flown over 3,200 balloon flights and 12,700+ passengers on a wide range of flights, conditions, and locations.
Riding in a hot air balloon is like a magic carpet ride, a feeling unlike anything else. Passengers are able to pick leaves off treetops, snap photos of incredible scenery from new perspectives, see the balloon’s shadow on the ground or reflection in the water, and talk to local residents marveling at these aerial wonders.
After every flight, each adult passenger receives a “first flight” certificate, hot air balloon lapel pin, photos of the balloon, and GPS flight map. Traditional champagne toasts can be arranged, too.
The balloons are capable of flying two to four guests, depending on the overall balloon capacity and weight guidelines.
Flights can be routed and planned to achieve different clients’ goals. We have assisted clients who have wanted to fly up to two miles above the ground, 35+ miles in distance, over numerous high-visibility community events, for wedding proposals, weddings, military thank-yous, tethers and much more.
Tethered Flights. We can also secure a hot air balloon to the chase vehicle and take passengers up to heights of up to 50 feet, and then return to the ground to swap passengers. Tethered flights can take dozens of passengers up into the air over the course of an hour, a great option for gifting even more “thank you-s” to clients, employees, suppliers, customers, and others.