Just when we thought air travel had hit peak luxury with Emirates’ first-class cabin, another company is here to shake things up.
Step into the ring, Crystal.
The US-based travel company is known for its ocean cruises but will start flying its privately-owned Boeing 777-200LR in autumn 2017. The aircraft has been decked out with reclining leather seats, lounging areas, a bar, and a Michelin-star inspired restaurant.
Additionally, all passengers can take advantage of onboard butlers, a concierge, and toiletries provided by a luxury Italian fashion house. If you want to experience the most luxurious commercial airliner around, you’ll have to fork out at least 46,000 USD.
For 46,000 USD, passengers are given a 14-day hop-on-hop-off ticket which works more like an ocean cruise, whereby passengers are given an itinerary and whisked away to a series of destinations. You can also pay more if you want to indulge in the 21 or 28-day itineraries. The excursions will have various themes — including one which flies passengers to Michelin-starred restaurants around the world.
Inside, the plane is fitted with just 84 leather seats. Each one reclines into a lie-flat bed and is equipped with a flat screen television and Bose noise-cancelling headphones. Free wifi is also thrown in for good measure.
And of course, no luxury airliner would be complete without a Michelin-inspired restaurant in a plush dining room. Passengers will be waited on by a crew of 12 butlers, a lead butler, and an executive chef. A doctor and a concierge will also be onboard.
At night, ambient lighting transforms the interior. And at the back of the restaurant, a bar stocked with 300 fine wines is sure to be a welcome addition for nervous flyers. A lounging area is situated towards the rear of the restaurant. Afterwards, guests can refresh in a spacious bathroom stocked with fragrances and toiletries by Italian luxury fashion house Etro.
Instead of private cabins, Crystal has opted for a 2-2-2 layout. This is because they expect most passengers will be traveling as a couple.