Last week luxury cruise line Crystal unveiled the newest vessel in its fleet: a Boeing 777-200LR Worldliner wide-body jet.
Crystal Skye was revealed at the Virtuoso Travel Week in Las Vegas, and Business Insider one of the first look inside.
From a stand-up bar to dinner tables, a wine cellar and butler service, the jet epitomises luxury travel.
The aircraft, which can seat up to 88 people, is available for global charter or as a Crystal package to get guests from experience to experience, for an average price of $US55,000 an hour.
The company says a trip from New York to Paris would run about $US75,000.
“Crystal Skye represents a tremendous new option for those seeking the most private and personalised travel experiences, whether for a truly impressive corporate incentive or large groups of family and friends, providing an incomparable global experience that cannot be matched at any one hotel or resort in the world,” says Crystal CEO and president, Edie Rodriguez.
“Even a Saudi sheik tried to buy her from us, and I said no thank you,” she said.
Here is the new Crystal Skye Boeing 777-200LR jet.
This massive jet has a wing span of 64.80 metres, and overall length is 49.10 metres. And it has a maximum non-stop flight range of 19.5 hours.
Here’s captain Ralph. There are four captains with global operation experience in a B777 aircraft.
The crew and staff onboard include 12 SkyeButlers — who speak 32 languages between them — an executive chef, mixologist, purser, technical manager, and global operations/security manager.
Inside there are bright colours and a contemporary design in the lounge, which has been designed to fit a maximum of 30 or so guests.
There are four oval dinner tables, which can fit six people each. And standing space at the bar.
Those tables can also be converted into gaming tables. These ones have built-in iPads.
And the individual seating area.
The centre overhead baggage holds have been removed to increase the cabin height to 2.20 metres. And with the extra wide aisle, it is the widest VIP cabin configuration in commercial service.
So much space!
After two years of customising the jet, Crystal have reconfigured the format, reducing the number of seats from 380 to 88.
The leather flat-bed seats, at 186cm long each, are ergonomic and plush.
When seated guests have an average of three windows between each row thanks to a staggered 2x2x2 layout.
Each seat offers personal USB ports, power outlets, seat adjustment remote, book compartments, and more.
Customised interiors including cashmere blankets and lumbar pillows, goose down pillow, doonas and mattress toppers for plush in-flight sleep.
Custom cabin tote bags are also available and include pyjamas, toiletry kits and Bose headphones.
Nice. Snazzy socks.
There are six huge bathrooms with relaxing music, large countertops, and space to change.
Just look at the space for the toilet.
ETRO bath products are also included.
Oh, look. Here’s a sneak-peek at where the staff sleep on the long-hauls.
Award-winning executive chef Francois Van Zyl works with the guests to design a menu to their taste and gathers ingredients from the destinations the plane visits. Hi, chef!
The chef collaborates with the sommelier and mixologist to offer pairings with fine wines from the cellar, which houses more than 200 bottles of hand-picked vintages.
Two state-of-the-art galleys — equipped with nine total steam and convection ovens, espresso machines, frother, blender, ice machines and more.
This means steaks can be grilled, fish can be poached, vegetables steamed and ice cream churned, all at 40,000 feet. Speaking of food. If you want it in your seat…
The in-flight entertainment system has been designed exclusively for the aircraft with 24-inch HD Panasonic monitors and mini monitors in each handset. This allows guests to view a selection of movies, TV shows and music on-demand, Live TV and other general features.
The author travelled to Las Vegas as a guest of Virtuoso.
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