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World’s Largest Private Charter Jet Takes Off

LOS ANGELES - In-flight luxury has just become more palatial and private thanks to Crystal Skye, a Boeing 777 transformed for high rolling. Sat Bal 

 

The privately owned aircraft doesn’t look particularly imposing from the outside; externally it’s just a regular Boeing 777-200LR. But inside, the plane has had around 200 seats removed from its standard configuration. The revamp accommodates just 88 passengers with enough onboard space to create a series of flying rooms. Unsurprisingly Crystal Skye claims unrivalled space and the widest cabin configuration.

 

What’s it got?

 

 

Where a normal 777 would feature the premium class cabins, Crystal Skye accommodates a 24-cover restaurant and an impressive bar, distinct social area and a lounge space – all touted as unique among private charter jets. There’s also a 200-bottle wine cellar stocked to suit all palates.

The “Crystal Exclusive Class” seats convert to lie-flat beds and Crystal Skye claims the highest ratio of  staff-to-passenger ratio with its fleet of in-flight butlers ready to cosset customers.

 

 

Dining comes courtesy of executive chef Francois Van Zyl, a graduate of Etihad Airways, and his flying kitchen comes impressively equipped to create Michelin-inspired dining at 35,000 ft.

Passengers also get 24” HD entertainment screens which the company boasts as the biggest in the business. Naturally, music choices are abundant as is the on-demand programme.  

 

Cost and range?

 

 

Crystal Skye has a range of circa 20 hours flight time. It incurs a £43,000 hourly charge which, on a London-New York trip would cost over £300k - one way. But the maths is more palatable when this figure is divided by 88 passengers, costing around the price of a first class scheduled ticket but with a unique flying rooms luxury. That’s some hen party!

 

Who’s it for?

 

 

The highest-end hens and stags aside, Crystal Skye is likely to be occupied by entertainment, commercial and sporting groups. Royalty and government heads are also a safe bet.

High-budget event organisers (think World Cup, global Fashion Weeks, Oscars junkets) now have a way of wowing their most gilded – and jaded – VIPs.

One-off exclusive performances at 35k ft? That precedent has already been set by Macky Drese, MD at Harmonic (pic above). Who can forget Macky's staging of a Rudimental gig - in the nose of a Virgin 787 jet over the Atlantic? Imagine the flying private party that could be had by performers and presenters en route to, say, MTV’s awards shows. Sony’ll get the cheque.

No matter who the guests are, Crystal Skye democratises travel because there’s no cabin class distinction – it’s just ultra-class throughout.

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