The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a pretty fantastic airplane, and many airlines made a big deal when they first got it. The giant windows, noise-reducing chevrons on engines, and a cabin pressure that equates to a lower altitude…all of these features make for a much improved ride.
Kestrel Aviation Management recently turned one of the 787 Dreamliner into a private plane, and as you might expect, it’s all decked out with luxury finishes. The airplane, called the “Dream Jet,” has a range of 9,950 miles, and can fly continuously for up to 17.5 hours. This means the plane can virtually fly between any two points in the world non-stop.
DeerJet, a Chinese operator of the jet, showcased the jet in Hong Kong a few week ago. They partnered with French crystal brand, Baccarat, in what they called the new era of “art aviation.”
The jet has the, ahem, usual ensuite bedroom you’d find on a long-range business jet, nbd.
There is also a ginormous living room and dining room, for all the entertainment you’ll surely need on a 17-hour flight.
To be honest, maybe I just have too much of an imagination, or maybe I haven’t seen enough luxury hotels. But this plane immediately reminded me of the Park Hyatt Sydney, or at least shares a lot of the same design language and color palette. It isn’t over-the-top bling, but rather has a pretty understated yet unmistakable sense of luxury. Frankly, this looks like what I’d imagine a Park Hyatt plane would look like…
Anyway, to accommodate additional guests, the Dream Jet also has a section in the rear of the aircraft, with Business Class-style seats in a 2-2-2 configuration. These definitely pale in comparison with the rest of the plane, and even American Airlines’ 787 Business Class has a better configuration. However, as the “cheap seats in the back,” these will more than get the job done.
There are also features that you won’t be able to see, but can definitely experience in person. I suppose when you drop over $300 million on an airplane, you want to make it as luxurious as you can (emphasis mine):
Unique sound-proofing technology lowers in-flight noise levels to as low as 48 decibels, making the cabin comparable to almost any quiet environment on the ground. Inside the jet, the cabin has also been modified to ensure travel and altitude related sickness and fatigue is reduced through a complete air-circulation system effectively that filters the air-borne germs and dust, with Ozone removal and HEPA filtration. An effective air pressure management system maintains the cabin air pressure at 6000ft. altitude, despite actual cruising altitudes of up to 45,000ft. (Most airliners are not able to reach altitudes much higher than 35,000ft).
There is a separate flight crew rest area, a sound-proofed main guest area, spacious living room and entertainment suite, a full-sized master bedroom suite, master washroom with over-sized shower, electric dining and conference tables, and 16 convertible day beds. The cabin also has shape-shifting fixtures and furniture fittings which includes an automated table that can automatically extend for formal dining, meetings, or be hidden away to maximize space.
The Dreamliner “Dream Jet” has a cabin that is 6,500 squared feet, and the plane can seat up to 30 passengers. You can check out more pictures of the Dream Jet at Kestrel Aviation.
Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly attributes DeerJet as the driving force behind the design and purchase of this aircraft. Kestrel Aviation is responsible for the creation of the Dream Jet, a process that began almost 8 years ago.