I get a ton of emails from PR people, and most of them I don’t even look at, but I got one yesterday that caught my attention, about the “ultimate new year’s eve private jet party.”
I’m not sure this is actually even that creative, but I thought it was worth sharing nonetheless. PrivateFly, a private jet charter platform, is marketing a private jet flight from Sydney to Los Angeles that will allow you to celebrate new year’s eve twice.
This package includes a 13.5 hour flight on a Gulfstream G550 from Sydney to Los Angeles. When you consider the 19 hour time change, this allows you to go back in time 5.5 hours.
While they say that the G550 can seat up to 15 passengers, “only eight can be aboard for the New Year’s Eve Twice Travel Itinerary to achieve the fastest travel time that the jet can deliver.”
While unrelated to the package as such, I’m curious, does anyone know how crewing works on a flight like this? A commercial flight would have four pilots, but a G550 is quite small. On a flight this long do they have a relief crew, or? Are there any crew bunks?
If someone books this, they’ll have their choice of either a “VIP Wellness” package or a “Festive Flight” package:
The VIP Wellness package is designed to relax and recharge passengers with a cabin prepared for optimal rest with customized lighting and temperature controls, luxury bedding, designer pajamas and slippers, luxury skincare and masks, detox juices and a healthy catering menu.
The Festive Flight package is for those looking to continue the party at 45,000 feet. Guests are invited to take advantage of the aircraft’s high-spec music and entertainment systems by creating an ultimate playlist for the flight. Additionally, this package features New Year’s Eve decorations, a decadent inflight catering menu featuring caviar, cuvée champagne, and made-to-order dishes such as fresh lobster and lamb tartare.
Here’s the proposed itinerary for the journey:
- December 31, 2018 at 20:00 – Enjoy the first New Year’s Eve party destination on the ground in Sydney, Australia at one of the city’s glamorous nightspots or VIP parties.
- January 1, 2019 at 12:00 – Welcome 2019 in Sydney, Australia a view of the famous midnight fireworks display over the harbor
- January 1, 2019 at 2:00 – Depart Sydney Kingsford Smith airport which is open 24-hours for private jets in a Gulfstream G550
- December 31, 2018 at 20:30 – Arrive in Los Angeles ready to party all over again
- January 1, 2019 at 12:00 – Welcome 2019, again, in Los Angeles, California
The cost? A mere $255,500 if you want to charter the plane (one-way), or $31,950 per person, which is based on a group of eight passengers booking and traveling as a group.
Now here’s the thing — even if I had a hundred million dollars, I don’t think I’d actually be interested in this. Private jets are great for the convenience, being able to skip security, etc. But for a 13.5 hour flight, I really don’t want to be in a plane the size of a private jet. If you have eight people sleeping on a G550 you’d probably find it’s less spacious than your average business class seat, let alone first class seat.
In theory I can appreciate the concept of wanting to celebrate new year’s eve twice (I say “in theory” because I go to bed before midnight every new year’s eve, but I get other people are into it), but there are other ways to accomplish that with a lot more time and money to spare.
If you’re really into the concept of doing new year’s eve twice, just take Air New Zealand’s flight from Auckland to Rarotonga on January 1. It leaves at 8:55AM on January 1 and lands at 1:45PM on December 31, and a flat bed business class seat is under $700. You also won’t be as rushed.
Speaking of which, I really need to do something like this one of these years, just for giggles.
Now can anyone figure out a way to celebrate new year’s eve (or anything) three times? 😉