Power Trip

First class travel is no longer a choice for the super-rich. The way to travel in style today is by your own private jet.

Some of the best aircrafts for captains of industry or glamorous globetrotters aren’t only sleek in design but they come with chic interiors making flying a beyond fabulous experience. One of their top choices is the sleek Gulfstream G550, which is said to be one of the most expensive private jets. Priced at a cool US$61.5 (about RM253.7) million, depending on the configuration, you can eat, sleep and sit in comfort without having other passengers unknown to you bother you. Why, you can even get the interior custom-designed by the likes of Donatella Versace or luxury label Hermes, at an extra cost of course.

High-thrust Rolls-Royce engines and an exceptional maximum payload allow it to carry more of your essentials for greater distances with a low fuel burn. The G550 executes your perfect work-life design with custom craftsmanship, which provides for various layout plans. Choose from forward or aft galley design presentations, with or without crew compartment, that accommodates a maximum of 19 passengers in as many as four living areas. With such impressive details, it is no surprise why this particular private jet is a favourite among high-flyers like Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Mark Cuban, Tiger Woods and Tom Cruise.

Pop star Taylor Swift and singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett are proud owners of the Falcon 900, commonly abbreviated as the F900, a French-built aircraft manufactured by Dassault Aviation.  The fuselage is longer and wider, making the interior substantially more comfortable, and enabling this plane to carry between 12 and 14 passengers. The avionics are digital. Computer-aided design and manufacturing processes using Dassault Systems’ Computer Aided Three-Dimensional Interactive

Application (CATIA) system empowered engineers to design, fine-tune and produce this aircraft’s structure and aerodynamic features with outstanding accuracy. If you’re looking for something bigger, check out the Airbus ACJ, which can comfortably accommodate up to 18 passengers. What sets it apart from the rest is that this private jet comes with conference rooms, dining tables and a VIP suite that features a bedroom, en-suite shower, plus an office!

While there are billionaires who still prefer to fly commercial, forking out sky-high sums to have a jet of your own will take you to cloud nine, so to speak. Just imagine the ultimate in comfort, ease, time-saving and luxury. Not forgetting, in this age of pandemic, flying private reduces your exposure to health risks.