Pie in the Sky

Crys­tal and Peninsula team up for an an ex­tra­or­di­nary around-the-world pri­vate jet jour­ney

Bespoke - - WHOA! -

Crys­tal Cruise Lines is tak­ing to the skies in part­ner­ship with Peninsula Ho­tels for a new type of ex­pe­ri­ence – the Air­cruise. The in­au­gu­ral jour­ney be­gins on Au­gust 31st and cir­cles the globe, vis­it­ing each of the Hong Kong-based ho­tel group’s ten prop­er­ties, start­ing in New York, with stops in Chicago, Los An­ge­les, Tokyo, Bei­jing, Shang­hai, Hong Kong, Manila, Bangkok and Paris, be­fore re­turn­ing to the Big Ap­ple on Septem­ber 26th. Now if, like T.s.el­liot, you’re a be­liever that it’s the jour­ney and not the des­ti­na­tion that mat­ters most then you’re in for a treat here. Crys­tal owns the plane and it’s a wide­body Boe­ing 777-200LR, which is the largest and new­est pri­vate tour jet in the world. They’ve also con­fig­ured it spec­tac­u­larly for just a lucky few, in­clud­ing 80 seats that con­vert to lie-flat beds com­plete with add-on mat­tresses (plus lux­u­ri­ous bed­ding, blan­kets, pil­lows, and du­vets), state-of-the-art in-flight en­ter­tain­ment sys­tems with 24-inch HD mon­i­tors, a ded­i­cated din­ing room, a standup bar, a lounge, an ex­ten­sive wine cel­lar and an on-board chef. At each des­ti­na­tion, guests can take ad­van­tage of cus­tomis­able ex­pe­ri­ences and, for the ul­ti­mate in seam­less travel, won’t have to check in even once, as their key cards will have al­ready been set for all their rooms. The price for a seat on the first air­cruise is 159,000 USD per per­son, and the next jour­ney won’t be un­til June 1st, 2018.

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