Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts Launches Luxury Jet Experience
Contributed by Karla Cripps, CNN
The Four Seasons' new jet, which takes flight in February 2015, is a Boeing 757. The luxury hotel brand says it will be fitted out with 52 seats in a 2-2 configuration.
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Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts is entering the aviation game.
The Toronto-based luxury accommodation brand has leased its very own Boeing 757, to fly guests on global tours starting February 2015.
Renderings of the black airplane -- dubbed the "Four Seasons Jet" -- show the brand's leaf logo on the tail, while execs say the interiors of the retrofitted plane will be customized by the company's design team.
Flatbed seats and in-flight Wi-Fi are a given.
"[It's] a natural extension of what we've been doing in our hotels for more than 50 years," said Susan Helstab, executive vice president of marketing, in a statement.
The Boeing 757 is a twin-engine short-to-medium-range jetliner that can fly both long- and short-range routes.
On November 28, 2005, Boeing wrapped up the 23-year run of the single aisle 757 passenger airplane but says more than 1,030 of its 1,050 757s are still in service.
Commercial airlines usually fit out these planes with at least 200 seats, but the Four Seasons Jet will have 52 in a 2-2 configuration.
Around the world in 24 days
Four Seasons says it's already accepting reservations for trips in February, April and August.
First up is "Around the World," a 24-day, nine-destination trip that starts in Los Angeles and ends in London.
The price is $119,000 per person and stops include Hawaii, Bora Bora, Sydney, Bali, northern Thailand, Mumbai and Istanbul.
A shorter tour, called "Backstage with the Arts," is a 16-day European trip in April through Paris, Lisbon, Milan, Istanbul, St. Petersburg and Prague.
Each journey includes air travel and ground transportation, planned excursions, all meals, some drinks and accommodations -- only in Four Seasons properties, of course.
In-flight staff will include a concierge to coordinate with local Four Seasons concierges in each destination.