Crystal AirCruises has welcomed the newest member of its expanding fleet, Crystal Skye, during an official handover ceremony held at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington. The Boeing 777-200LR was delivered to Crystal’s CEO and president, Edie Rodriguez from Greenpoint Technologies. Crystal Skye is the largest privately owned tour jet in the world and is deployed for chartered service. Crystal Skye will be christened in Las Vegas on August 12.
“We are ecstatic to welcome Crystal Skye to the family, as she marks the beginning of a new chapter and realm of luxury travel for guests who seek the unmatched Crystal Experience. As we embark on new global adventures with Crystal Skye, we are inspired by the shared vision of our own experts and those at Greenpoint Technologies, who brought this sky-high dream to fruition,” said Rodriquez.
With a spacious design for up to 88 guests, Crystal Skye is appointed with features found in luxurious private jets. It has the highest crew to passenger ratio of any twin-aisle aircraft and a non-stop range of 19.5 hours. Bespoke Crystal Exclusive Class seats are designed for maximum personal space and ergonomic comfort, and convert to 180-degree lie-flat beds. The social lounge with stand-up bar fosters friendly camaraderie among luxury travellers. Cuisine will be prepared by an executive chef, in two galleys and paired with a premium wine list from the Crystal SkyeCellar.
Crystal collaborated with Greenpoint Technologies for the specialised development of Crystal Skye, as the company is renowned for its innovation and leadership in the creation of aircraft design. Greenpoint Technologies worked alongside Crystal’s own experts. The interior installation of Crystal Skye began in August 2016 at Greenpoint’s Moses Lake facility in Washington, focusing on exclusive features such as a 24-seat lounge with a central bar, sofas, custom coved ceilings, the largest wine cellar in the sky and space to socialise. Stone veneers, coloured LED lighting and other premium details adorn the interior.
Bret Neely, executive vice president, Greenpoint Technologies, said, “Our goal for this programme was to create a luxurious interior showcasing the elegant brand Crystal has established with their cruise ships, yachts, and riverboats. Greenpoint is a company built on teamwork, both internally and externally with our customers. It was amazing to see the combined core team come together to focus on Crystal’s guest experience, resulting in the beautiful and functional interior we see today.”
Boeing 777 Crystal Skye is operated for Crystal AirCruises by Comlux Aruba NV.