Lonely Planet Writer

Inside one of the newest and most luxurious planes in the world

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.

This Crystal AirCruises Boeing 777-200LR is one of the most luxurious planes in the world. Image: Crystal Cruises
This Crystal AirCruises Boeing 777-200LR is one of the most luxurious planes in the world. Image: Crystal Cruises

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.

This Crystal AirCruises Boeing 777-200LR is one of the most luxurious planes in the world. Image: Crystal Cruises
This Crystal AirCruises Boeing 777-200LR is one of the most luxurious planes in the world. Image: Crystal Cruises

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.

This Crystal AirCruises Boeing 777-200LR is one of the most luxurious planes in the world. Image: Crystal Cruises
This Crystal AirCruises Boeing 777-200LR is one of the most luxurious planes in the world. Image: Crystal Cruises

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.

This Crystal Aircruises Boeing 777-200LR is one of the most luxurious planes in the world. Image: Crystal Cruises
This Crystal Aircruises Boeing 777-200LR is one of the most luxurious planes in the world. Image: Crystal Cruises

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.

This Crystal AirCruises Boeing 777-200LR is one of the most luxurious planes in the world. Image: Crystal Cruises
This Crystal Aircruises Boeing 777-200LR is one of the most luxurious planes in the world. Image: Crystal Cruises