Going on holiday should be luxurious. Not necessarily opulent or extravagant but what you’re looking for when you choose your holiday, what you deserve after months of toiling away at work, is something you don’t get a home. Whether that is a really comfortable room, a swimming pool or for most Brits – a rare glimpse of sunshine, we all want to escape from our normal lives every now and then. For some people though, a touch of luxury just isn’t enough and for those people, the luxury starts on their flight.
To those people, getting on a plane doesn’t mean a mile-long queue at the check in desk or a screaming child kicking the back of your excruciatingly compact seat. It means beds. Not just your run-of-the-mill divan beds, but aeroplane beds. Private cabins with soft, upholstered beds and everything a VIP might need for their air travel.
Greenpoint Technologies, a US based company that has specialised in aircraft interiors for “high-net-worth-individuals and Heads-of-State” since 1988, designed the Aeroloft™ in collaboration with Boeing to kit-out its Business Jet (BBJ) 747-8. The first was created in 2012 and transforms nearly 37 extra square metres of cabin space inside this amazing specialised plane.
While most of us would be more than happy with a free upgrade to business class, where a few extra inches of legroom feels comparatively cavernous, the VIPs flying in these planes will be treated to so much more. While these frequent fliers will most likely be used to turning left when getting on a plane, the Aeroloft™ sits towards the back above the main deck. It features eight private cabins where flyers can relax in their own comfortable beds. This amazing high-class plane upgrade is also complete with its own private changing space.
For most of us, experiencing this level of luxury before you’ve even left home turf is never likely to happen. However there are a few things we can do to help make our flights more comfortable and feel that little bit more luxurious.
HOW TO FLY LIKE A VIP FOR LESS
- Water – the golden rule of flying is to stay hydrated. The cabin pressure and re-circulated air wreaks havoc with skin too so keep a large bottle of water on hand. Make it a little more luxurious by buying a French-sounding brand or choosing the type you’ve seen a celebrity drink.
- Carry on pillow – So it might not be a goose-down, extra plumped fluffy little cloud but an inflatable travel pillow can change your journey from neck-breaking to nice.
- BYOF – Buy the food you like in the airport to avoid having to chow down on something less appetising served up on the plane. It might be a bit pricier but it’s not like you’re buying a private jet.
- Drown out the rest – Invest in some noise cancelling headphones and pretend you’re on your own plane anyway. You can even find smartphone apps that offer soothing bird noises or sounds of the ocean to help you feel as if there’s nobody else around.