For those travelers who have experienced delays and disappointments while traveling on commercial airlines too many times, take solace.Travel can be luxurious and satisfying with luxury airlines or private jets.
The Birth & Evolution of the Private Jet
Travel on private jets became popular in the 1960’s when millionaire businessmen veered away from commercial travel. Once this happened, they also began demanding that their comfort in the air be as luxurious as their ground comfort had become, and the jet industry was happy to comply. The original improvements included walls clad in mahogany, leather seats, fully stocked wet bars and a list of available services that would rival those of any 5-star hotel.
Modern times have demanded that these private jets serve as an office as well. Satellite phones and flat screen video monitors became standard features while some companies introduced partitioned conference rooms. Sleeping features have become standard on all luxury flights.
Become a Jet Owner
As private jet travel becomes more mainstream, companies such as Netjets have begun to offer fractional ownership which allows you to purchase a 1/16 share in a private jet which will be at your disposal whenever you need it. Luxury Air Jets offer their clients access to 3,500 jet aircraft and helicopters including Turbo Propel jets, Light jets and Jumbo jets. They can take you to over 6,000 airports around the world and even those who are rushed for time can be accommodated with their 4-hour booking policy.
Luxury Commercial Air Travel
If your budget does not include travel by private jet but you still crave luxury travel there are several airlines now offering services and environments which can satisfy. Competition amongst luxury carriers is fierce so no detail is overlooked when trying to win your loyalty. Cathay Pacific offers their First Class customers an 81-inch bed which will transform into a seat with the press of a button. The seat offers you a massage feature and extendable side seat. Singapore Airlines offers Bvlgari toiletry kits and Givenchy designed sleeper suits. They also have a “Book the Cook” service which allows you to pre-book your food selection in advance, including Dom Perignon. Lufthansa Airlines wants your first class business and has gone to great lengths to get your attention. If you are a first class traveler in their Frankfurt airport, not only will you gain access to their lounge but you will be given your own terminal.
by Carol Smyth