How can a private jet trip around the world get even more exclusive? When the aircraft is a Boeing 757 with fully flat seats for 50, like the one that tour operator Abercrombie & Kent announced it would start flying this fall on trips that start at $4,500 a day. It’s the latest in a series of private-jet journeys that are gaining popularity with travelers despite the five- and six-figure price tags that include airfare, hotels, private tours, and more.
Competing with A&K is National Geographic Expeditions, which offered a $77,000 per person, 24-day trip last year. Amanresorts partnered with Remote Lands for its own $49,950 per person, 18-day trip. Four Seasons has a series of round-the-world trips, priced at $119,000, and at least one departure, for February 9, 2015, has already sold out.
Abercrombie & Kent, for its part, hopes to set its trips apart through the on-board experience, with the first fully flat seats on its 50-passenger jet, as well as the following amenities:
a fully stocked, open bar featuring top-shelf wine and spirits, in addition to an on-board chef who provides personalized, first-class meal service. Completing this best-in-class in-flight experience is a flight crew who travels with the group throughout.
Itineraries for the new A&K trips include a 19-day, Rome-to-Cape Town super safari (for $82,995 per person) and a 24-day, round-the-world journey, with stops at iconic sites like Machu Picchu, Angkor Wat, and the Taj Mahal (for $108,000 per person).
Source: Conde Nast Traveler