A few days ago I wrote about how NFL star Cam Newton missed his American Airlines business class flight from Paris back to the US, and was rebooked in economy. Given that he’s 6’5″, he offered someone in the exit row $1,500 to switch seats with him, and the guy declined.
Suffice to say that I wasn’t jealous with the way in which he was crossing the Atlantic.
Well, here’s one Atlantic crossing that I am jealous of.
The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees are facing off in London this weekend. They needed to fly their entire team to London, so they chartered a plane, which is logical enough. They didn’t just charter any plane, though — they chartered the Crystal 777.
I first wrote about the Crystal Boeing 777-200 in 2016, as this is one of the most luxurious private jets in the sky. This is the same company behind Crystal Cruises, one of the highest end cruise lines out there.
With this plane, Crystal is offering “air cruises,” where this specially configured 777 flies people around the world for some pretty unforgettable itineraries. However, they also offer individual charters, which makes sense.
This is exactly the plane that the Boston Red Sox chartered from Boston to London Gatwick yesterday.
While this plane can usually seat around 300 people, this plane is configured to seat just 88 people. Part of the plane consists of fully flat business class seats in a 2-2-2 configuration.
While that’s a comfortable enough way to fly, the plane has an incredible-looking bar and dining area, which is what really sets it apart.
Here’s some video from the Red Sox charter:
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Now, while the plane as such is incredibly luxurious, it seems like the team may have skimped when it comes to catering. Even on the most luxurious jets, it’s up to the charter client to decide how they want it catered. It looks like they primarily went with chips, fruit, cheese, etc. Though in fairness, the plane is still on the ground in the above video.
Of course it’s possible there was a more elaborate meal service, but what we see doesn’t look too amazing. This was also an overnight flight, so it’s possible they didn’t want to cater it more, since the priority was sleeping.
Still, this looks like one heck of a charter, and suffice to say I’m really jealous.
The Red Sox aren’t the first sports team to charter this plane — in 2017 the Vancouver Canucks chartered this plane from Vancouver to China.
One thing I haven’t been able to figure out is how the New York Yankees are flying to London. Maybe they chartered the Four Seasons private jet (though even that isn’t as luxurious)?
Is that Crystal 777 awesome, or what?