Crystal Skye private jet luxury flight tours: Taking opulence sky high

If you, like tens of millions of the rest of us, are fed up with the banality of modern-day mainstream air travel, what you clearly need is your own private jet. But, failing that, a chartered private plane with enough generous leg room to satisfy a party of octopuses may have to do.

The answer - should your pockets run sufficiently deep to the sky-high tune of $US12,000 per passenger, twin share, for a forthcoming New Year's Eve "Double Celebration" air cruise between Sydney-Honolulu-Singapore later this month - is Crystal Skye.

The luxury plane is billed as the world's newest, biggest and most luxurious privately-owned charter jet designed specifically for air cruises. It's a ambitious spin-off of the luxury Crystal Cruises brand, better known for its ocean liners and, more recently, river cruise ships.

In creating the private charter jet. which Traveller recently inspected in Kuala Lumpur, where Crystal's new, rich and enterprising Malaysian owners, Genting, are based, the company began with a standard Boeing 777-200LR. It then transformed it into a airborne palace (if wasn't so tasteful it'd be fit for Donald Trump, at least, that is, post his presidency).

Every Crystal Skye passenger receives a plush cream-leather business-class-like flat-bed-style seat, thanks to a drastic reduction in the 777-200LR's seating capacity from a maximum of 396 passengers to just 88.

And the normally wardrobe-like aircraft's toilets have been fittingly expanded to roughly the size of those in a boutique hotel room, sans, sadly, a shower (but you can't have everything).

Overhead lockers were removed to allow for a higher ceiling space while the plush carpet throughout the aircraft is said to be nearly eight centimetres thick, installed to allow passengers to enjoy the experience of walking barefoot through the aircraft.

However, passengers may or may not care to don some footwear for a meal taken in the spacious 24-seat on-board lounge-cum-dining room, replete with real tables and chairs fitted with white seat-belts, with food designed by Crystal Skye's own on-board executive chef.

Oh, and there's no such thing as plain old flight attendants on this plane. Here they're known as Crystal Skye Butlers, who may be a little run off their feet on the plane's lavish shag-pile what with the jet taking in two New Year's Eve celebrations in one day in Sydney and Honolulu.

The writer travelled to Malaysia as a guest of Crystal Air Cruises. See www.crystalcruises.com/aircruises or your travel agent for more information regarding the Sydney-Honolulu-Singapore New Year's Eve "Double Celebration" air cruise between December 30 and January 4.

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