By Lubna Hamdan
The new business jet is one of two which cost $30m each to fit out
As part of its fleet renewal programmed launched in 2014, Abu Dhabi-based luxury flight services company Royal Jet has received a new $80m Boeing Business Jets (BBJ) and is expecting its sister aircraft to be delivered by the end of November.
The 34-seater cost roughly $50m to purchase and $30m to fit out, according to its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rob DiCastri. It comprises a front-end bedrooms, eight VIP, eight business class and 18 standard seats.
Its interior was designed by New York-based designer Edése Doret known for his modern layouts and use of material such as carbon fibre – also seen throughout the new jet.
“You have to remember that people who fly on this type of aircraft have probably flown on private jets for a long time for much of their life whether they be royals or ministers or heads of state. So they’ve seen the same thing over and over again,” said DiCastri.
“I’ve seen in my career many private jets. I’m not saying I fly often because [the jets] are for the customers, but there’s sort of a standard wood and leather [design]. And this is totally different. I think that’s why it will be very successful, because people are looking for something different, something new. I felt a little Star Trek on it, kind of a space-age sort of thing with a modern feel,” he added.
The new additions bring the company’s fleet to 13 aircrafts of which eight are BBJs.
Royal Jet will showcase the aircrafts at the Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) Conference to be held at the beginning of December at Dubai’s Al Maktoum International Airport.
The private charter firm is jointly owned by publicly listed flight service company Abu Dhabi Aviation and royal flight service Presidential Flight.