AN ELEVATION OF STYLE

A Cruise Oper­a­tor’s Bespoke Jet Cabin

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If one could evoke a sea cruise ex­pe­ri­ence on a private jet, how would the cabin look like? Cruise oper­a­tor Crys­tal and business jet com­ple­tion cen­tre Green­point Tech­nolo­gies had an idea, and now they’ve brought it to life. In Au­gust this year, Green­point Tech­nolo­gies de­liv­ered Crys­tal Skye, a Boe­ing 777-200LR jet, to Crys­tal. Both com­pa­nies col­lab­o­rated on the de­sign, which hinges on the air­craft’s pur­pose – to be used as a private char­ter air­craft for a group of trav­ellers who wish to en­joy perks typ­i­cally of­fered in cruise ships, such as so­cial spa­ces and ded­i­cated chef ser­vice.

“Our goal for this pro­gram was to cre­ate a lux­u­ri­ous in­te­rior show­cas­ing the el­e­gant brand Crys­tal es­tab­lished with their cruise ships, yachts and river­boats,” says Bret Neely, executive vice pres­i­dent at Green­point Tech­nolo­gies. Green­point ex­am­ined the themes used in Crys­tal’s other ves­sels, re­sult­ing in an in­te­rior de­sign that is fresh and modern, with pre­dom­i­nantly white fin­ishes and fur­nish­ings. Th­ese are in­ter­spersed with sub­tle pat­terns, as well as bursts of vi­brant colour – var­i­ous shades of green, at times evok­ing emer­alds, and at times mim­ick­ing the sea. Vari­a­tions of this hue are found in paint­ings, pil­low cov­ers, and car­pets.

With its VIP con­fig­u­ra­tion, Crys­tal Skye has room for at most 88 guests, around one-fourth the ca­pac­ity of a com­mer­cial 777 air­craft. Be­ing an LR or “long range” ver­sion, Crys­tal Skye has an ul­tra-long range of 19.5 hours and 10,000 nm. This means that it can take guests from Aus­tralia to the UK non-stop. In com­par­i­son, one of the world’s long­est com­mer­cial flights – a 777-200LR op­er­ated by Qatar Air­ways – cov­ers 9,032 miles be­tween Doha and Auck­land.

Cruises are known for fos­ter­ing so­cial in­ter­ac­tion, and Crys­tal Skye up­holds that tra­di­tion. The front cabin houses a lounge with four con­tem­po­rary din­ing ta­bles, two couches, and a walk-up bar.

The bar, which serves as the lounge’s fo­cal point, is em­bla­zoned with the Crys­tal logo and ac­cented with stone ve­neer and LED light­ing. Ev­ery Crys­tal Skye jour­ney comes with a bar­tender who can hand-craft a cock­tail or sug­gest a vin­tage from an on-board cel­lar that can hold as many as 300 bot­tles.

The crys­tal-adorned din­ing ta­bles are the ideal plat­form for the on-board executive chef to present dishes pre­pared in one of two ex­ten­sive gal­leys, fit­ted out with steam ovens for re­tain­ing max­i­mum flavour in the dry cabin air. In be­tween meals, the din­ing ta­bles can be con­verted into dig­i­tal casino con­soles, of­fer­ing clas­sics such as black­jack and video poker.

In the aft cabin, Crys­tal Skye of­fers in­di­vid­ual seats ar­ranged in a stag­gered 2x2x2 con­fig­u­ra­tion, as most pas­sen­gers are likely to be trav­el­ing with a sig­nif­i­cant other. Each seat is 24 inches wide, out­fit­ted in Welsh leather. It comes with a per­sonal high-def­i­ni­tion TV, Ap­ple iPad, and Bose noise-can­celling head­set, along with on-de­mand pro­gram­ming and an ex­ten­sive mu­sic li­brary. Satel­lite­based WiFi will keep pas­sen­gers en­ter­tained and con­nected no mat­ter how long their jour­ney. When a guest de­sires rest, he can con­vert his seat into a 180-de­gree flat bed.

As guests move within and be­tween cab­ins, they are sure to ap­pre­ci­ate the tremen­dous feel­ing of space. Over­head lock­ers are min­imised, en­abling extra high cabin ceil­ings. The cabin floor is out­fit­ted with hand-tufted car­pet­ing for a soft and plush feel. In-flight but­lers are on hand to at­tend to their needs. It’s easy to see why Crys­tal Skye quickly won its first few clients, in­clud­ing a pro­fes­sional sports team and a fam­ily celebrating an out-of-town an­niver­sary in style.

Green­point ex­am­ined the themes used in Crys­tal’s other ves­sels

All im­ages cour­tesy of Green­point Tech­nolo­gies

The Crys­tal Skye in­te­ri­ors pro­vide spa­ces for so­cial in­ter­ac­tion as well as pri­vacy

The Crys­tal logo and colours are used in the in­te­ri­ors and liv­ery

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