Crystal Cruises has announced the purchase of a Boeing 777 ahead of the launch of Crystal Luxury Air.
The ultra luxury line, which was acquired by Genting Hong Kong earlier this year, announced plans to expand into yacht, air and river in July.
The plane will double the fleet’s size, joining the forthcoming Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.
The twin-aisle BBJ B777-200LR will be redesigned to accommodate just 88 guests with flat-bed first class seats.
Crystal said the plane would also host a “beautifully appointed” lounge and bar and offer 14- and 28-day around-the-world and international itineraries, beginning in 2017.
“Our mission is to make Crystal the core of what will become the world’s premier luxury hospitality and lifestyle brand collection, not only for the immediate future but for years to come,” said Crystal Chairman Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay. “The acquisition of our second luxury aircraft is another profound step toward establishing our goal.”
Crystal’s President and CEO Edie Rodriguez said: “Following our expansion announcement, travellers and travel agents expressed a strong interest in all-inclusive luxury air travel with a wider range of itineraries.
“Based on this enthusiastic feedback, we are growing our fleet to meet the demand from our guests and travel partners in luxury air options.”
The company said it will work with the Registry of Aruba in developing and securing an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) to pave the way for Crystal Luxury Air to launch international operations.