For those with deep enough pockets, PrivateFly has created an itinerary that will see guests start New Year’s Eve festivities in Sydney before taking a private jet over the dateline to do the countdown all over again in Los Angeles.
Describing the experience as the “ultimate in luxury ways to see in 2017”, PrivateFly managing director Carol Cork said: “The unique flight experience is only possible by private jet, as the timings are so with – and there are no airline schedules to fit the itinerary.”
While no civilian aircraft can overtake time, Cork revealed the Gulfstream G650ER is the world’s fastest and furthest private jet, with a nonstop flight range of 7,500 nautical miles and a top speed of Mach 0.9 – just under the speed of sound.
The PrivateFly itinerary, which costs £151,000 to charter the entire plane one-way from Sydney to Los Angeles, or £8,400 for each person, will see passengers take a flight at 2am from the Australian capital. The 12-hour flight, from an airport offering 24-hour access for private jets, takes passengers over the international date line – touching down at 7pm in Los Angeles.
Customers can either enjoy the “fine wines, champagne and bespoke catering” on board, or catch some rest ahead of a second stab at New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Cork added: “This is the ultimate in luxury ways to see in 2017, in two of the world’s most exciting party cities. The flight time from Sydney to LA in a Gulfstream G650ER is around 12 hours, so with the 19-hour time difference, you can gain seven hours of party time by flying eastwards.”
The increasing appetite for private jets has led to both Uber and Ryanair entering the market in 2016. As covered by Real Business, Uber partnered with Absolute to take a handful of customers to Ibiza for a VIP weekend, while budget airline Ryanair announced plans to provide a private charter service for corporate and group bookings – in a bid to win over high fliers.
Offering insight into the business travel sector then, Clive Jackson, founder of on-demand jet service Victor, said: “With private charter flights continuing to increase across Europe, particularly over the summer months, it is clear that more travellers – both in and outside of the traditional high and ultra-high net worth jet-setter demographic – are saving time and maximising value by tailoring the private jet experience that totally suits their needs.”
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