Four Seasons has just announced that they’ll soon be introducing a private jet experience. It will be a 757-200 aircraft with just 52 seats, and should start flying in February 2015. If the rendering on their website is accurate, I’d say that’s one sexy paint scheme, giving Air New Zealand’s 787-9s a run for their money.
The 52 fully flat seats will be in a 2-2 configuration. They look nice though not like anything special, given that they’re pretty standard business class seats nowadays.
Here’s a video about the private jet:
If I’m reading this correctly, they’ll basically offer private jet “experiences,” whereby you can book a seat on an itinerary that stops in multiple cities with Four Seasons.
For example, the website has an itinerary for February 9 through March 4, 2015, with the following stops:
- Los Angeles, California
- Kona, Hawaii
- Bora Bora, French Polynesia
- Sydney, Australia
- Bali, Indonesia
- Chiang Rai, Thailand
- Mumbai, India
- Istanbul, Turkey
- London, England
So while I assume you could purchase all 52 seats or pay to charter the whole jet, it sure seems like this is more of a charter experience than a private jet experience.
Anyway, given how remote a lot of Four Seasons properties are, it is pretty awesome to be able to fly to each destination in an aircraft with fully flat seats.
I can’t even imagine how expensive this is to operate, though. It’s not just the cost of operating a private jet, but the fact that it’s presumably sitting on the ground for days at a time at each stop.
And to some degree I have to wonder how much of a market there is for this. Millionaires probably couldn’t reasonably afford this, while billionaires would presumably want a more tailored experience than a month-long journey with 50 other people and no flexibility — they can just get their own jet. Maybe they’re going after “poor” hundred millionaires? 😉
Check out the full FAQs on the private jet service.
What do you think of the service, and who do you think they’re targeting with something like this?