First Class Interiors. Friday , May 18th , 2018 - 15:17:05 PM
Not everyone needs to personalise their private jet to indulge their taste for luxury. Some people are quite content to merely fly first-class provided their every whim is catered to and their every comfort is assured. Airlines such as Etihad have cottoned on to the needs of the super rich and have taken first-class flying to stratospheric levels. Even Etihad`s economy class is designed to make travellers feel more like valued customers and less like cattle bound for slaughter.
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.
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.