Imag­in­ing the air­borne con­veyances of the Crazy Rich Asians

When the char­ac­ters of the hit movie Crazy Rich Asians travel, what do they use? While the books and movie of­fer clues, we rec­om­mend jets that the char­ac­ters might like.

Jetgala - - CONTENTS - Astrid Leong is played by Bri­tish ac­tress Gemma Chan Crazy Rich Asians im­ages courtesy of Warner Bros. Sin­ga­pore Air­craft im­ages courtesy of Bom­bardier, Gulf­stream, OJets, Tex­tron Avi­a­tion

In 2013, Kevin Kwan pub­lished Crazy Rich Asians, which be­came a best­seller world­wide. It is the story of a hand­some Chi­nese Sin­ga­porean bach­e­lor liv­ing in New York (Ni­cholas Young) who in­vites his Chi­nese Amer­i­can girl­friend (Rachel Chu) home to meet his fam­ily and friends.

Un­til this trip, Rachel as­sumed that Ni­cholas was from mid­dle class means given his mod­est lifestyle in New York. Rachel had no con­cep­tion that her boyfriend de­scended from one of Sin­ga­pore’s “crazy rich” fam­i­lies and that his fam­ily mem­bers, as well as as­pir­ing fi­ancées (and their moth­ers), would go to crazy ex­tremes to pre­vent her from be­com­ing Mrs. Ni­cholas Young.

The novel – and the two fol­low-up books in the se­ries – was such a huge hit that Hol­ly­wood quickly green­lit an adap­ta­tion set for an August 2018 re­lease. The first Hol­ly­wood movie in a long while with an all-Asian cast, the movie looks to be a hit, judg­ing by the an­tic­i­pa­tion and pub­lic­ity sur­round­ing it, with peo­ple all over the world an­tic­i­pat­ing the re­lease. The trailer for Crazy Rich Asians was viewed mil­lions of times in its first week of re­lease on YouTube.

On hind­sight, the pop­u­lar­ity of the novel and the movie is not that sur­pris­ing. We all love a fairy tale, af­ter all. And if that fairy tale is full of mad­cap char­ac­ters and their life of ex­cess, then all the more en­ter­tain­ing. In the novel, char­ac­ters buy up ex­clu­sive ho­tels on a whim, travel to ex­otic lo­cales in their pri­vate jets, buy art­work and cou­ture col­lec­tions just be­cause, well, they can. For sev­eral char­ac­ters with­out their own jet, we imag­ine what their con­veyances might be like should they choose to ac­quire or char­ter one.

Astrid is fre­quently re­ferred to as “The God­dess” for her com­bi­na­tion of beauty, grace, and style. She’s the envy of Sin­ga­pore’s fash­ion­ista set for her im­pec­ca­ble taste in clothes. She doesn’t re­ally dress to im­press, but ends up look­ing chicer than any­one in the room, any­way. While she buys haute cou­ture gar­ments cost­ing mil­lions of dol­lars, she also shocks ac­quain­tances with her choice of off-the-rack Zara clothes. Equally shock­ing is that Astrid chooses to travel via com­mer­cial air­lines even though her net worth is in the bil­lions.

Given this, a pri­vate jet char­ter ser­vice such as OJets would be a great op­tion for her. Ojets will al­low her to keep a low pro­file and bring along a per­sonal pro­tec­tion of­fi­cer if she needs it. This Sin­ga­pore-based char­ter ser­vice of­fers a range of air­craft, in­clud­ing the Bom­bardier Global 6000, which, with a range of 6,000 nm, is enough to fly non­stop be­tween Sin­ga­pore and Paris.

Given the long-dis­tance ca­pa­bil­ity of the Global 6000, Bom­bardier em­pha­sised com­fort in their de­sign. When it is time for rest, the cabin can quickly be made into five beds. Dur­ing wake hours, fast Wi-Fi, satel­lite tele­phone and on­board en­ter­tain­ment would help Astrid pass the time quickly. The Global 6000 has room for 10 medium-sized suit­cases plus sport­ing equip­ment such as skis and golf clubs. Astrid could be cer­tain that her pur­chases would be han­dled with the ut­most care from a Paris fash­ion run­way to Sele­tar run­way 03-21.

Ojets also pro­vides ex­cel­lent ser­vice on­board. Should she want it, she can re­quest Miche­lin-starred meals to be catered on­board or a bot­tle or two of the best Cham­pagne. Low-key lux­ury is what Ojets of­fers. Per­haps best of all, OJets pro­vides com­pre­hen­sive jet man­age­ment ser­vices. Should Astrid de­cide to ac­quire her own jet, she would be as­sured that it will be ready for take­off with a sim­ple phone call, email, or What­sApp mes­sage.

When hero­ine Rachel Chu wanted to fly from Sin­ga­pore to China via a com­mer­cial air­line, her best friend from Sin­ga­pore, Peik Lin Goh, suc­cess­fully talked Rachel into us­ing the Goh fam­ily’s NetJets mem­ber­ship based on “con­ve­nience” (to put it po­litely – her ac­tual thoughts are a bit rawer in line with Peik Lin’s brash per­son­al­ity). The Goh fam­ily’s NetJets mem­ber­ship has served them well but the Gohs as­pire to achieve the next level of so­cial sta­tus – one’s own pri­vate jet. They also have an in­sa­tiable pen­chant for gold, il­lus­trated to great ef­fect in their fam­ily home.

The Goh fam­ily home, named Villa d’Oro (what else would it be named?), wel­comes guests with a “four-tiered mar­ble foun­tain with a golden swan spout­ing wa­ter from its long-up­turned beak.” In­side, gold is ev­ery­where such as the ceil­ing with “lay­ers upon lay­ers of gold leaf.” Even the fam­ily’s pets are cho­sen with pur­pose – three “golden-haired Pekingese” dogs.

A Goh fam­ily pri­vate jet would likely be an ex­ten­sion of their home, prov­ing to all who are for­tu­nate enough to set foot in it that the Gohs have achieved a new level of wealth. Their pri­vate jet would un­doubt­edly be chris­tened Jet d’Oro.

A Cessna Ci­ta­tion X would be an ex­cel­lent op­tion for the Gohs. As a large midrange jet, their Ci­ta­tion X would com­mand re­spect for its ramp pres­ence and its per­for­mance. With a range of 3,460 nm, Jet d’Oro would be more than suf­fi­cient for non­stop flights to China, South Asia, and western Aus­tralia. More­over, hav­ing the Jet d’Oro would give the Gohs brag­ging rights be­cause the Ci­ta­tion X is known for its near-su­per­sonic speed of Mach 0.935.

If the Youngs should ac­quire their own jet, they would do well to se­lect the Gulf­stream G650ER. ER is short for “ex­tended range” as the G650ER is ca­pa­ble of fly­ing 7,500 nm non­stop. The cou­ple would likely de­part New York to the east (tak­ing ad­van­tage of the jet stream) and make a stop in Europe be­fore con­tin­u­ing on­ward to Sin­ga­pore.

Ni­cholas and Rachel have a sen­si­ble, mod­est sense of style. They are far more in­ter­ested in com­fort than im­press­ing oth­ers. Their G650ER’s liv­ery would be taste­ful but low-key, so as to give no clue what­so­ever as to its owner – a fam­ily trait in­grained in Ni­cholas from an early age. A guest step­ping aboard their G650ER would feel right at home be­cause it is com­fort­able – like a fam­ily room or a home study.

To keep con­nected with the news, friends and fam­ily, Ni­cholas and Rachel would ap­pre­ci­ate the high-band­width In­ter­net ac­cess avail­able on their per­sonal de­vices, from any­where in the cabin. They would be able to see how some of their rel­a­tives are show­ing off on so­cial me­dia. Un­like typ­i­cal com­mer­cial air­line In­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity, Ni­cholas and Rachel could stream movies or TV shows on Net­flix and or chat with friends and fam­ily via FaceTime.

On­board their G650ER, Nick and Rachel’s per­sonal de­vices could dou­ble as cabin con­trols so they could op­ti­mise their en­vi­ron­ment such as the tem­per­a­ture, light­ing, and even win­dow shades. One en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fit of the G650ER is its low cabin al­ti­tude. Set to just 4,500 feet (about half of a typ­i­cal com­mer­cial air­craft), Ni­cholas and Rachel would ar­rive feel­ing more re­freshed and hy­drated.

Given such long flight times, Ni­cholas and Rachel would ap­pre­ci­ate the abil­ity to re­tire to their state­room for sleep on a bed made up to be as com­fort­able as their New York home. Up front, the pi­lots and cabin at­ten­dants would have a place to re­lax as well.

Those who value their pri­vacy and com­fort, like Astrid Leong, can opt for a char­ter ser­vice that has sev­eral jets in its sta­ble, like this Bom­bardier Global 6000, which is spa­cious and com­fort­able

The su­pe­rior specs of the Cessna Ci­ta­tion X will fea­ture in the brag­ging rights of the Goh fam­ily

The Gulf­stream G650ER flies with a low cabin al­ti­tude, which min­imises jet­lag

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