Emirates is well known for its fleet of lavish A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft, featuring incredible first-class suites, showers and excellent service. But did you know they actually have a single A319 that rivals the A380s?
What are the details?
The private jet service that uses the A319 is known as Emirates Executive. They have a snappy video from 2013 that you can watch here:
As you may have guessed, the service was launched in 2013 with a single A319. The aircraft is available for VIPs, organizations and other uses for high wealth individuals who want the full Emirates experience without actually flying commercial.
In an interview with CNN, Adnan Kazim, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President for Planning, Aeropolitical & Industry Affairs mentioned how Emirates had identified a very unique market segment.
What is it like onboard?
The A319 can carry 19 passengers in two zones.
The front of the aircraft features seating in a dining room format for 12 passengers with two very large sofas. There are 42 inch LED tv screens that feature all the latest movies, perhaps even some that are still playing in the cinema. There is also a bathroom in this cabin.
At the back of the aircraft are 10 Emirates first-class suites that would not look out of place on an A380. They are in a 1-1 configuration, with a shower and bathroom making up the rear.
Passengers are gifted high-speed internet and mobile phone connectivity throughout the flight. They are served the normal Emirates food that is typically given to first-class customers, but Emirates has said that those with special requests can make them ahead of time.
With a range of 6,300 km, the aircraft is not entirely suited for long haul private travel any further than Iceland, London or Singapore, but we like to think that Emirates prices this aircraft competitively compared to their rivals in the private space. There is no comment at this time if you can book this flight on points.
Jet Agency, a rival to Emirates in the private jet hiring space, lists their model of the A319 that can be hired for 11,000 Euros to 15,000 Euros per hour.
The aircraft was specially designed in France by Airbus for Emirates back in 2011.
“We can do features which the Chinese market particularly appreciates, such as a large round table which is the focus of Asian life. We can do Karaoke bars,” spoke David Velupillai, marketing director of executive and private aviation for Airbus.
Qatar and Korean Air also offer a similar service with a narrowbody aircraft.
Will you be flying on this aircraft? Where would you go with it? Let us know in the comments.