A new plane experience is currently being developed that will provide travellers with the ultimate in high-end luxury in the sky. The US-based Crystal AirCruises recently unveiled its plans for fitting out a Boeing 777-200LR with reclining seats that go fully flat, open social areas, interactive TVs, Michelin-star-inspired cuisine, and a private butler and concierge service. This model of luxury flying currently plans to launch in autumn 2017.
Crystal AirCruises is part of Crystal Cruises, and it aims to present the new private jet like a cruise ship that operates by air instead of sea. It will accommodate just 84 guests on board the Boeing Business Jet 777, and they will participate in 14, 21 or 28-day itineraries. Various themed trips will be offered to passengers, such as visiting Michelin-starred restaurants around the world.
Once on board, guests can relax in a spacious lounge area with a stand-up bar, two divans and four dining tables with leather dining chairs. They will dine on “Michelin-inspired” meals prepared by the plane’s dedicated executive chef and team as they fly between destinations, and these can be washed down with a selection from the 300 fine wines available.
The privileged guests will have access to iPads, Bose noise-cancelling headphones and free Wi-Fi across the globe, while each seat will have a 24-inch interactive TV with on-demand shows and movies and a music library. There will be a live air traffic control listening channel, and USB and power outlets at every seat.
If sleep beckons, the lie-flat seats transform into comfortable beds with mattress toppers, duvets and blankets. The plane’s lavatories will be stocked with toiletries from Italian brand Etro. The passengers will overnight in various luxury hotels as they fly around the world, and the crew will include 12 butlers and a lead butler, a concierge, a chef and a doctor.