PETALING JAYA: A select group of media and VIP guests are the first in Malaysia to get a special look-see at the world's largest privately-owned chartered tour jet.
Crystal AirCruises, which is under Genting Group, unveiled the Boeing 777-200LR named Crystal Skye at the Subang Skypark.
This type of aircraft is normally fitted out for commercial flights and can hold close to 386 passengers but Crystal Skye has been retrofitted for just 88 passengers and is the only twin-aisle private plane in service.
The aircraft was launched in August and had its inaugural cruise, to the South Pacific islands of Tahiti and Fiji last month, which was sold-out.
The jet features a spacious lounge for guests to dine and wine in.
"We took 18 months to retrofit this aircraft, and it is the only one of its kind in the world. We want to create a sense of spaciousness for passengers," Crystal AirCruises president Thatcher Brown said.
He said they could personalise the service, food and various experiences on board according to requirements, which means they can adjust the number of butlers and service attendants accordingly.
Brown also said that they can cater for passengers with disabilities, with the aisles wide enough for wheelchairs to go through while two of the six lavatories are large enough to accommodate a wheelchair-bound guest.
At present, Crystal Skye operates out of Hong Kong and soon Singapore too. Brown added that if there is demand for it, Kuala Lumpur is an option.
Crystal AirCruises also offers curated experiences for special occasions, and coming up is a chance to celebrate the coming New Year twice, in Sydney and Honolulu.