The Dubai-based and government-owned Emirates airline—recently configured an A319 for private flight, dubbed it the Emirates Executive. Anything associated with Dubai is opulent and lavish and the Emirates Executive A319 is no exception.
Forget about travelling the world in first class on commercial airlines. Instead, travel in “unsurpassed luxury.”
As a commercial jet, the Airbus A319 is a workhorse of the airline industry, seating from 124 to 156 passengers. Emirates customised the Airbus A319 to accommodate up to 19 guests in ‘utmost comfort’ says the airline. As a private jet, it has been configured for use primarily by heads of state, political leaders, and business moguls who require privacy when flying long distances but also need space to interact with staff.
The front of the cabin features a dining and lounge area that seats as many as 12 passengers and a work and relaxation area that is furnished with two couches, four tables, and two 42-inch LCD screens. The jet’s entertainment and communication systems include on-demand video, live TV, video conferencing, high-speed Internet access, and mobile-phone connectivity.
Toward the rear of the cabin are 10 private mini-suites. Each equipped with sliding privacy doors, fully-flat bed seats, visitor’s seat, personal mini-bar and a 32-inch LCD screen displaying award-winning ICE entertainment system. You can relax and enjoy up to 1 500 channels of on-demand entertainment on your private flight with the latest movies and top-rated TV programmes from around the world, alongside music, games and news.
In ultimate luxury style, each cabin has mood lighting, what’s a private jet without mood lighting, right?
The aircraft’s lavatory has a full shower, spa, heated floor, fine linens, and is stocked with a range of luxury skin-care products. I mean look at this – gold-plated everything.
There is full Wi-Fi, mobile phone connectivity, and video conferencing available throughout your flight. There’s also an executive team and multi-lingual cabin crew at your call, ready to accommodate any special requests. While you can order from an award-winning menu they’re more than willing to tailor a bespoke menu to your personal tastes.
According to Emirates, the aircraft can be booked at short notice, and comes with a chauffeur-driven car service to and from the airport, along with flight crew and ground staff. Emirates has not disclosed any prices for chartering the A319 and has not indicated whether customers departing from destinations outside the Middle East will pay a surcharge for deadhead flights.The airline would not reveal exact pricing for the service, but said it is “competitive.”
It’s safe to say that for this level of service, “competitive” can be interpreted as “very expensive.”