BY Kai-Chin Shih / 24 APRIL 2014/ TOKYOJAPAN/ talkairlines.wordpress.com
Four Seasons, one of the world’s most prestigious hotel brands, has unveiled its plan to acquire a Boeing 757 and refurbish it into a luxury private jet in order to provide high class around-the-world tours.
The 757 will be the company’s first fully branded private jet. In the past few years the company used unbranded jets to provide its around-the-world tours. However, this time, the newest Four Seasons Jet will be wearing a unique & simplistic black livery with the company’s logo painted on it. Attempting to provide customers the same experience as that of the luxury Four Seasons Hotels, the Four Seasons Jet will be configured with only 52 fully lie flat seats along with other amenities that will allow customers to enjoy an ultra-pleasant trip.
The Four Seasons Jet will be configured in a 2-2 layout with the standard forward-facing seating. Each and every leather lie-flat seat is handcrafted in Italy and is designed to provide customers maximum comfort. Not every seat has direct aisle access. However, >talkairlines believes that it is understandable since those on the plane will be leisure travellers instead of business travellers. In this case, the seat choice Four Seasons made will be perfect for families, friends, and people willing to get to know their travel-mates better.
The seats are extremely spacious, with up to 78″ of personal space. The seats will also provide on-demand entertainment along with in-seat power & USB outlets, iPad stowage compartments, and a mid-height rear privacy screens. Wi-Fi will also be provided on the aircraft in order for passengers to connect to the internet whenever needed.
Besides the great variety of hardware facilities, the Four Seasons Jet will also offer spectacular in-flight services. A team of professionals, including a concierge, will be assigned to the jet to meet the passengers’ needs. Menus will be designed by a Four Seasons Executive Chef and will consist of meals with local influences throughout the journey using only the freshest ingredients.
The interior of the newest 757 Four Seasons Jet is outstanding in every single way. The seat choice and the interior design creates an extremely calming, comfortable, and luxury atmosphere. >talkairlines thinks that it is a smart choice Four Seasons has made to not use the suite-style seats airlines such as Asiana use. Installing those seats on single-aisle planes such as the 757 will give customers a sense of oppression and may thus lead to uncomfort and dissatisfaction. >talkairlines is also extremely interested in the seat product. Instead of the actual “private-jet-style” seats, Four Seasons has chosen a seat that is rather similar to what commercial airlines offer. Currently, >talkairlines does not have the information on the manufacturer of the seats. However, >talkairlines believes that the seat kind should be considered by airlines planning on offering a new business class or first class product. Turkish Airlines, for example, is an airline >talkairlines believes should be considering the product. Currently the carrier offers a business class with 2-3-2 layout (Boeing 777-300ER). Despite its prestigious status and great ambitions, Turkish Airlines offers a business class product that is (hardware-wise) rather noncompetitive to its primary competitors, the ME3 including Qatar Airways, Emirates, and Etihad. If direct aisle access is not taken into consideration by the officials of the carrier, this particular seat should be a great choice for seat replacement.
Below is the official video of the Four Seasons Private Jet. For more information, go to http://www.fourseasons.com/aroundtheworld/.