"Truly, only the sky is the limit for today's elite traveler," says Douglas Gollan, president and editor-in-chief. "As big jets get even bigger, big names in everything from interiors to cuisine will play a role."
Elite Traveler's Top Five Private Jet Trends to watch in 2007 are:
- The Rich Man's Taxi -- Very light jets will change the way the wealthy
travel as they hop from their luxury villa to a nearby city for dinner
and then are back by midnight. "Very light jets are the car service
of the future," says Gollan.
- Bigger Really is Better -- Private jets are getting bigger as
individuals place orders for jets the size of a 737 and even larger.
On board, stand-up bars, media rooms, sound-proof game rooms for kids
and master bedrooms replace old-fashioned first class seating.
"Customization is key," says Gollan. "We're going to see everyone
getting involved -- from architects to high-end designers like Versace
-- in order to give private jet travelers what they want for their
penthouse in the sky."
- Private Jet Palates -- Pre-packaged meals have given way to haute
dining at high altitudes. Wolfgang Puck, David Bouley and David Burke
are among the top chefs crafting fois gras-filled menus and providing
special gourmet services for private jet travelers. Some private jet
companies are partnering with local top-rated restaurants, while some
owners are simply opting to fly their personal chef along.
- Super Rich Sports Fans -- Increasingly, private jet travelers will cut
the line, at least the airport, when heading to sporting and major
events such as Art Basel in Miami, the Super Bowl, the Olympics and
the America's Cup races. More and more of the Super Rich are taking
their jets to big sporting events.
- The Uber Gift Card -- The gift of private jet travel is on the rise,
with more and more people buying jet cards as gifts for friends and
family. "These work a lot like your debit card, deducting hours as
they're used," says Gollan.