Next month, China’s HNA Group, the parent company of Hainan Airlines, will welcome a shiny new 787 Boeing Business Jet (787 BBJ), costing around $300 million, to its fleet. The private jet has a range of nearly 9,800 miles, even when packed with 40 passengers, luggage, fuel and a whole lot of swank.
According to Business Insider, this is the first time that anyone has ever tried to turn a Boeing 787 into a private jet. Kestrel Aviation Management, alongside partners Pierrejean Design Studios and Greenpoint Technologies, were forced to design and engineer the interior of the airplane from scratch. In fact, it took a year to design and another year and a half to manufacture and install everything, according to Kestrel CEO, Stephen Vella.
So what does all that work, time and money buy? Well, let’s take a look at what is soon to be the fanciest thing in the air:
Not impressed yet? Don’t worry, more coming…
Pretty swanky, right? Did you see all those towels?
According to Vella, the private jet will most likely be used only by the company’s chairman, as well as a few other ultra high-end charter customers. Too bad for the rest of us losers, who can’t even get a free upgrade to first-class.
Still, Hainan Airlines is known for its dedicated customer service. Whether its flight attendants helping to feed disabled passengers or airline staff helping travelers act out their wildest fantasies for a night.
By Sophie Wang
[Images via Business Insider]