First Class Interiors. Friday , May 18th , 2018 - 15:12:38 PM
What does the future of luxury air travel look like? According to Tino Schaedler and Michael J Brown it comes in the form of a lifestyle zeppelin. The concept craft which they have called the Strato Cruiser Airship is an enormous carbon fibre zeppelin with an advanced propulsion system and photovoltaic cells to make travel safer faster and cleaner.
After a very comfortable 6 hour sleep (I actually slept for a solid six hours) the cabin lights were dimmed up at 0630 am accompanied by a hot face cloth and orange juice service to gently wake the passengers from their slumber. We were now 90 minutes ahead of our arrival at Toronto. Fifteen minutes later a cold breakfast plate was served consisting of cold meats and a generous mixture of fresh fruits (including grapefruit mango orange and watermelon) complemented by bread preservatives cereals yogurts and other drinks served from the cart. I thought this was the extent of the breakfast but to my pleasant surprise a hot tomato and ham omllette plate with sausage and potatoes followed which was very nice.
But calculating the point at which ownership is less costly than other options isn`t simply a matter of toting up flight time and determining hourly costs. The kind of flying you do the places you go the number of travelers on the aircraft also play a role in the economics of ownership. For example ownership is much more cost effective if you primarily fly round trips avoiding deadheading costs or multi-day hangar and ground handling fees and airline tickets home and back for the flight crew. If you primarily fly one way a fractional ownership share or a jet card could be a better solution than full ownership because fractional and jet card costs are based on one-way flights.