Welcome on board the flying penthouse: Inside the converted Dreamliner that’s now the world’s largest private jet (and it’s yours for £20,000 PER HOUR)
- Ordinarily Boeing 787 Dreamliners serve as commercial aircraft that carry between 240 and 335 passengers
- But as a private jet now reserved for just 30 and it’s so well-equipped it resembles a flying penthouse suite
- The aircraft, which cost £223m, can fly for a maximum 17.5 hours over a 9,800 mile range at Mach 0.85
- Hourly hire price is circa £20,000, meaning a one-way flight from London to New York would cost £160,000
From the tarmac it may appear to be just another commercial aeroplane. But, once on-board, it soon becomes apparent that the Dreamliner B787 Dreamjet is anything but ordinary – in fact, its opulence may even trump the luxury carrier of certain US presidents.
Dubbed ‘VVIP’ because of its heightened exclusivity, it’s officially the world’s largest private jet – and the £230million aircraft went on display at London’s Stansted Airport, this week, to mark the launch of bespoke travel packages by Deer Jet.
Those wanting to experience the Dreamjet’s flashy delights will need to hire out the whole plane – as it’s not possible to book just a single seat – and that would cost roughly £20,000 per hour, meaning a flight from London to New York would have a price tag of at least £160,000.
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Enjoy the view: While the interior is stunning, passengers are encouraged to look at the skies through extra-large windows
High standards: The impressive design surpasses most luxury apartments and is being dubbed the ‘flying penthouse’
Inside the world’s biggest private yet: The VVIP Dreamliner B787 is currently on show at London’s Stansted Airport
Fine dining: A cabin crew member lays a polished wood table with bespoke china for exceptional meal times
THE COST TO RENT
London – New York = £160,000 single fare, £320,000 return journey
New York – Australia = £440,000 single fare, £880,000 return journey
Dubai – Auckland = £340,000 single fare, £680,000 return journey
Dallas – Sydney = £320,000 single fare, £640,000 return journey
While standard Boeing 787s carry a maximum of 335 passengers, this conversion offers guests a far greater abundance of space – 2,400 square feet to be precise – which is limited to a capacity of just 30 lucky jet-setters.
Fitted with extra-large windows for greater views of the friendly skies, the luxury cabin also boasts 18 lie-flat first class beds, plus a main lounge for meetings, relaxing or partying.
Bathrooms are kitted-out and come furnished with polished marble, solid oak wood and a selection of Jo Malone toiletry products.
In addition, the cabin also possesses private space for guests who require intimacy, while crew and in-flight butlers are accommodated in separate designated staff quarters.
Slightly better than Easyjet, then: The converted commercial carrier was re-fashioned at a cost of £223million
Luxury awaits: High-standard leather sofa beds – which recline fully – are dotted around the 2,400 square feet cabin
Stunning: Bathrooms are kitted-out and come furnished with polished marble, solid oak wood and Jo Malone toiletries Cleverly, the luxury cabin is also pressurised to just 6,000 ft, ensuring guests arrive at their final destination feeling refreshed.
However, as you might expect, the Dreamjet certainly doesn’t compromise function for the sake of form.
On the contrary, the ‘Dream Jet’ can fly for a maximum 17.5 hours over a 9,800 mile range, non-stop, at Mach 0.85.
Developed by Kestrel Aviation Management, an American aviation asset manager that specialises in airliner and corporate aircraft acquisition, sale, modification and financing, it is truly one-of-a-kind. Typical examples of direct routes include London to Beijing or Hong Kong to Los Angeles. However, also among the new travel packages is a seven-night charter deal, which includes accommodation at the Presidential Suite of St Regis Bora Bora Resort.
Finishing touches: Flowers, silk napkins and a tray of perfectly-positioned macaroons help ensure that every trip feels classy
No need to pay for extra leg-room: Dreamliners serve as commercial aircraft that carry between 240 and 335 passengers
Cheers to that! A collection of crystal wine glasses and Champagne flutes line the table top – just waiting to be filled…
Quality control: An immaculately dressed air hostess casts a myopic eye over the presentation of the cutlery. The airline plans to add more itineraries in the future as part of its goal to create seamless travel to fulfill its vision of ‘Making travel an art’.
‘We are delighted to bring this unique aircraft to London. It showcases the signature service of Deer Jet, which is inspired by the values of performance, elegance and distinction,’ said Frank Fang, Vice President of Deer Jet. ‘With the 787 Dream Jet, we are proud to serve discerning business and leisure travellers worldwide.’It was designed by Pierrejean Design Studios of France and outfitted by Greenpoint Technologies in the US.
Plump to the beat: Homely sofas and cushions are also included to try and ensure maximum comfort and relaxation
Handsome: Lalique-inspired bookends hold a glossy coffee-table book, full of glamorous aviation images
Bigger than most London apartments: At 2,400 square feet, the cabin space is more than most residents of the capital enjoy