For those who are fed up travelling in economy class, the answer can be found at the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget. On show is a Boeing 777 going into service with the Indian company Jet Airways for transatlantic flights which instead of just seats for top travellers has eight first class suites. Each can be closed off for privacy with sliding doors and is equipped with a bed, cupboards for your clothes, book shelves and a big screen TV. In addition the ceiling changes colour and can mimics a starry sky.
Catering to well healed travellers is a booming business and companies like Cessna, Gulfstream and Dassault delivered a record 885 business jets last year.
Yves Robins, Senior Vice President with Dassault Aviation explained who is buying them. He told EuroNews: “Three quarters of our clients are “Fortune 500” companies, who have offices all over the world, and who must be able to get from one to another as quickly as possible and 20% of our customers are governments, many heads of state and ministers who travel in our Falcon planes. President Putin does. The other 5%, they’re the jet set.”
With customised interiors, the ultra-rich travel in the finest style and soon may be able to travel even faster than the rest of us. Two groups at the Paris Air Show are looking for financial backing for supersonic business jets that would fly at twice the speed of the fastest private civil aircraft currently available.