Crystal Skye Boeing 777

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Red plastic “Solo” cups and decks of cards may go more with the image of a typical fraternity house rather than that of a private jet, but for the first transpacific flight of the newest luxury charter aircraft on the scene, comfort and ease was priority over posh posturing.

The plane is the Aruba-registered P4-XTL “Crystal Skye,” a Boeing 777-200LR owned by Crystal Luxury Air, an affiliate of Crystal Cruises and Genting Hong Kong. The lucky passengers for the nearly 12-hour flight from Vancouver to Shanghai on 17 September were the Canucks, Vancouver’s hockey team. Flying to China to compete in preseason games against the L.A. Kings in Shanghai and Beijing, the teammates were awed by their swank ride, sharing their impressions and snaps on social media throughout their trip.

With the press release issued nearly two years ago and very little heard of the plane since last fall when it announced its inaugural “AirCruise” itineraries and began its interior fit-out, we can only say that it’s about time some images, however fuzzy and frantically shared, leak out.

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The Crystal Skye Boeing 777-200LR Largest and newest private tour jet in the VIP market Crystal Exclusive Class™ seats that convert to 180 degree lie-flat beds; individual USB ports and power outlets at every seat. Crystal AirCruises has passed another milestone with the official handover ceremony of the new brand’s Boeing 777, dubbed the Crystal Skye. The ceremony took place at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington, where the new airplane was delivered to Crystal CEO and President Edie Rodriguez.

Vancouver 🛫
Shanghai 🛬#Canucks take flight with a swanky #AirCanucks en route to China. pic.twitter.com/hVwadRrmvC

— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) September 18, 2017

If configured for commercial service, the 777-200LR would happily fly some 300 passengers. Lie-flat seats in an extraordinarily spacious cabin plus a 24-seat onboard lounge with wine library knock that number down to only 88 guests able to fly “to some of the world’s most exotic and remote locales” in this bespoke set-up, however. Chartering the Crystal Skye currently rings up at $55,000 an hour, and its range makes possible lengthy non-stop charters such as Los Angeles to Perth, Beijing to Johannesburg, and London to Honolulu. The widebody joins a 12-guest flagship Bombardier Global Express XRS to form a fleet of two for the luxury travel company.

The seats onboard Crystal’s 777 are the same base as seen in LATAM’s unified business class, designed by London-based consulting firm PriestmanGoode. For Crystal, they are the base of a cabin dubbed “Crystal Exclusive Class”, with a passenger experience enhanced by Bose Noise Cancelling headphones, Apple iPads, complimentary global Wi-Fi, 24-inch personal touchscreen monitors with on-demand programming, individual USB ports and power outlets, custom blankets, lumbar and head pillows, and duvets and mattress toppers. Each seat measures 73.5 inches fully flat and the lavatories are stocked with Etro amenities.

The cherry on top is the highest crew-to-guest ratio in the private market, incorporating butlers plucked from Crystal’s cruise ships, as well as a chef cooking up “Michelin-inspired” cuisine. The custom interiors were a collaboration between Crystal and Greenpoint Technologies, with installation at Greenpoint’s base at Moses Lake, in the center of Washington State.

Travel brands expanding into private planes are nothing new, with bothAbercrombie & Kent and Four Seasons jetting around the world on leased Boeing 757s the last few years, with an average all-inclusive, per-person tour cost of $115,000. The Crystal Skye 777 easily beats that, with its advertised 27-day inaugural trip priced from $159,000 per person. Planned for August of this year, that trip did not fly, and instead the 777 was handed over to Crystal with a ceremony at Boeing on 1 August, with its first official flight taking place only a few days ago, from Moses Lake to Vancouver, as it positioned for the Canucks charter. Originally set to partner with The Peninsula Hotels for around-the-world journeys of 14-, 21-, and 28 days, the model has now changed to be purely private charter.

Although the Canucks kicked back in t-shirts, shorts, and socks for their private flight on Crystal Skye (and played poker on the lounge’s dining tables), the aircraft is being marketed for more formal occasions. Think beyond the boring business travel needs of Fortune 500 boards of directors, and imagine entire weddings or other joyful celebrations onboard. After all, $55,000 an hour to fly 87 of your best friends to party in private Maldivian villas isn’t too far off what some of the world’s spendiest jetsetters already call a good weekend.

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Crystal Cruises
TypeSubsidiary
IndustryTransportation
Founded1988
HeadquartersMiami, Florida
  • Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay , Chairman
  • Jack Anderson, interim President and CEO
ProductsCruises
Parent
  • (1988–2015)
  • (2015–)
Websitewww.crystalcruises.com
Crystal Skye Boeing 777

Crystal Cruises is an American cruise line[1] headquartered in Miami, Florida, United States. Since 2015, it has been a subsidiary of Genting Hong Kong.

History[edit]

The company was founded in 1988 by Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK).[citation needed] Its first ship was Crystal Harmony.[2]

On March 3, 2015, NYK announced that it was selling Crystal Cruises to Genting Hong Kong.[3] The sale price was US$550 million in cash, subject to certain adjustment items.[4] On May 15, 2015, GHK announced that it had closed on the acquisition.[5]

On July 20, 2015, Crystal announced that it would expand to provide expedition cruises, river cruises, and private jet travel.[citation needed]

On February 4, 2016, Crystal Cruises signed a purchase option for the SS United States, also providing funding for docking costs for the ship in Philadelphia for nine months while it conducted a feasibility study into returning the ship to service.[6][7] However, the plan was dropped on August 5, 2016, citing technical challenges. It also announced a donation of $350,000 to cover docking costs through to the end of the year.[8]

Live play casino online. In September 2019, Crystal Cruises announced that it would have Broadway themed cruises available in 2020.[9]

In August 2020, Crystal cancelled all cruises for the remainder of the year. Its parent company Genting Hong Kong had suspended payments to creditors citing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The new 200-passenger Crystal Endeavor was under construction at the time, with delivery scheduled for November 2020; that was delayed for a year because of the suspension of operations at the MV Werften shipyard in Germany.[10][11]

Sub-brands[edit]

Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises[edit]

Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises launched in December 2015 with the Crystal Esprit. The 62-guest, 3,000-ton yacht is outfitted with features including a two-passenger submarine, four 10-passenger zodiacs for excursions and a 12-passenger yacht tender for boating adventures. Additionally, water skis, wake boards, kayaks, jet skis, fishing, scuba, and snorkel equipment are available.[12] On January 15, 2018, the company cut steel for Crystal Endeavor at MV Werften.[13] Crystal was to have debuted its new PC6-designated expedition yacht in 2020 but construction has been delayed by the pandemic. Crystal Endeavor will have a tonnage of 19,800 GT and will operate polar expeditions as well as voyages in remote tropical regions. The yacht will offer accommodation for 200 guests.[14]

Crystal River Cruises[edit]

In July 2016, Crystal launched Crystal River Cruises with the re-furbished vessel Crystal Mozart [de]. Crystal Bach and Crystal Mahler, the first two of four 'Rhine Class' new-build river ships, were added in 2017 followed by Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel, in 2018.[citation needed]

Crystal Luxury Air/Crystal AirCruises[edit]

Crystal Luxury Air private jet service launched in 2015 with the company's Bombardier Global Express jet, available for charter and accommodating 12 guests. In August 2017, Crystal AirCruises took flight with the launch of Crystal Skye, a Boeing 777-200LR configured with 88 first class flat-bed seats, a lounge/dining room that seats 24 and a full bar. The National Hockey League is one of its first three charter customers.[15] In addition the company took delivery of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner in May 2017. As of November 2017, this aircraft was stored.[16]

Fleet[edit]

Current fleet[edit]

NameBuiltBuilderEntered service
for Crystal
Gross TonnageFlagNotesImage
Crystal Symphony1995Kvaerner Masa-Yards199551,044Bahamas
Crystal Serenity2003Chantiers de l'Atlantique200368,870Bahamas
Crystal Esprit1991Flender Werke20153,370BahamasPreviously MegaStar Taurus
Operated by Crystal Yacht Cruises.[12][17][18]
Crystal Mozart1987Deggendorfer Werft und Eisenbau[19]


MV Werften (redesign)

2016532MaltaOperated by Crystal River Cruises / Named after Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Crystal Bach2017MV Werften2017MaltaOperated by Crystal River Cruises / Named after Johann Sebastian Bach
Crystal Mahler2017MV Werften2017MaltaOperated by Crystal River Cruises / Named after Gustav Mahler
Crystal Debussy2018MV Werften2018MaltaOperated by Crystal River Cruises / Named after Claude Debussy
Crystal Ravel2018MV Werften2018MaltaOperated by Crystal River Cruises / Named after Maurice Ravel
N989SF2007Bombardier Aerospace2015United StatesBombardier BD-700 Global Express. Operated for Crystal Luxury Air by Corporate Flight Management, Inc
Crystal Skye
P4-XTL
2011Boeing2017ArubaEx Air Austral B777-29M(LR) reg F-OLRA. Operated for Crystal AirCruise by Comlux Aruba NV.

Future fleet[edit]

ShipWill enter serviceClassBuilderGross Tonnage
Crystal EndeavorLate 2021[20]Endeavour (Yacht)MV Werften19,800
TBA2022DiamondMV Werften67,000

Former fleet[edit]

ShipBuiltBuilderService
for Crystal
Gross TonnageFlagNotesImage
Crystal Harmony1989Mitsubishi Heavy Industries1990–200650,142BahamasRenamed Asuka II

References[edit]

  1. ^'404'. Archived from the original on 2009-06-28.
  2. ^Miramar Ship Index: Crystal Harmony, ID#8806204.
  3. ^Sloan, Gene (March 3, 2015). 'Shake-up in luxury cruising as Crystal gets new owner'. USA Today. Retrieved April 12, 2015.
  4. ^Dake, Shawn (March 3, 2015). 'Crystal Cruises Sold To Genting Hong Kong For $550 Million'. Maritime Matters. Retrieved April 12, 2015.
  5. ^Norton Masek, Theresa (May 16, 2015). 'Crystal CEO Rodriguez Comments on 'Thrilling, Yet Bittersweet' Sale'. TravelPulse.
  6. ^'Crystal Signs Purchase Option for SS United States - Cruise Industry News - Cruise News'.
  7. ^'S.S. United States, Historic Ocean Liner of Trans-Atlantic Heyday, May Sail Again'. The New York Times. 4 February 2016.
  8. ^'Crystal Drops SS United States Project - Cruise Industry News - Cruise News'.
  9. ^'New Crystal on Broadway Voyages Take Center Stage in 2020'. TravelPulse. September 30, 2019.
  10. ^'Crystal Cruises parent halts payments on debt of $3.4B'. Travel Weekly. 20 August 2020. Retrieved 21 August 2020. temporarily suspend all payments to the Group's financial creditors.
  11. ^'Crystal Cruises 'Not Going Out of Business' Despite Genting Troubles'. Travel Weekly. 21 August 2020. Retrieved 21 August 2020. temporarily suspend all payments to the Group's financial creditors.
  12. ^ ab'404'. Archived from the original on 2015-07-22.
  13. ^Staff, CIN (2018-01-15). 'Construction Starts on Crystal Expedition Ship'. Retrieved 2018-01-16.
  14. ^'Crystal Reveals More Details on Endeavor'. 2018-03-06. Retrieved 2018-03-09.
  15. ^Gollan, Doug (2017-08-10). 'Everything You Need To Know To Charter The Crystal Skye Boeing 777-200LR'. Private Jet Card Comparisons - Know Before You Buy. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  16. ^'Crystal Luxury Air Fleet Details and History'. Planespotters Net. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  17. ^'Crystal: Three New 100,000 Ton Ships, Plus Luxury Yacht, River Cruises and Boeing 787 - Cruise Industry News - Cruise News'.
  18. ^Knego, Peter (December 21, 2015). 'CRYSTAL ESPRIT Christened'. Maritime Matters. Retrieved December 31, 2015.
  19. ^'Premicon AG'. 2014-02-06. Archived from the original on 2014-02-06. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  20. ^'Crystal Cruises 'Not Going Out of Business' Despite Genting Troubles'. Travel Weekly. 21 August 2020. Retrieved 21 August 2020. temporarily suspend all payments to the Group's financial creditors.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Cudahy, Brian J (2001). The Cruise Ship Phenomenon in North America. New York: Cornell Maritime Press. ISBN0-870-33529-4.

External links[edit]

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