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In today's awesome-stuff-found-on-the-internet, we have behind-the-scenes Instagrams of fashion designer/luminary/man-about-the-world Karl Lagerfeld. Don't sigh just yet, for these aren't your run of the mill backstage shots; they're candids of Karl's travels by private jet, as photographed by Sebastien Jondeau.
Today they've flown from Prague to Singapore. That's no small puddle jump, and so their flight prep and onboard meal (sashimi!) come under Instagram focus.
Jondeau, a bodyguard of sorts, acts as Karl's shadow as he travels around the world taking care of business. In his spare timetaking clues from his other Instagram photosSebastian enjoys dirt biking, cycling, skiing, and meeting cats.
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It's happening. A Google airline terminal is happening.
Two months ago we hinted that Google was looking to drop some dough on some tarmac to call their very own. And, according to Airport World, that plan for a Google Terminal at San Jose International is moving full speed ahead after the San José City Council gave the green light for Signature Flight Support to sign a 50-year lease for land at the airport.
It's on that 29-acre piece of land that Signature (a fixed-base operator, or FBO) plans to put $82 million into the construction of 270,000 square feet of LEED Gold facilities (inclusive of the 17,000 square foot terminal) exclusively for "private jets belonging to Google chiefs and other Silicon Valley businesses." So, in other words, not your average travelers or even the highest tier frequent flyers will be welcome.
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This capuchin monkey is outraged
It may seems like just another April Fools' story, but trust that the news of Justin Bieber's monkey being held in quarantine in Germany is true.
Bieber flew to Germany's Munich Airport late last week as a stop in the European leg of his "I Believe" tour and, of course, traveling by private plane has its advantage...like bringing along a pet monkey for the ride. Justin's capuchin monkey made it to Germany, but didn't make it out of the airport as it seems the singer did not have the proper documentation to bring a monkey into the country.
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Space. The final frontier. Or, more likely, the next logical frontier for travel.
We recently had the opportunity to talk with Mr. Michiel Mol, Founder and CEO of Space Expedition Corporation (SXC), a Netherlands-based company pioneering affordable and sustainable commercial space flight.
Mol has dreamt of traveling to space for as long as he can remember and is a self-described nerd. It was at the age of 11 that he caught his first glimpse of space, through a telescope he built himself. In 1993 Mol and friends established Lost Boys, now known as LBI, to develop software. Getting in on that industry's frontier has thus paved his way towards this ultimate goal of breaching yet another.
SXCs first operational spacecraft, the Lynx (built by XCOR Aerospace), is due to perform its test flight from SXC’s Mojave spaceport as soon as April this year, marking SXC's first solid step towards the goal of rocketing willing, paying travelers nearly 65 miles up and into the blackness above Earth. A year of testing will then ensue, with the first commercial flights scheduled for the latter half of 2014. SXC-built spaceports at both Mojave, CA and Curaçao are also due to open in 2017.
Just as we were thinking that private bedrooms in a Boeing 747-8 was the epitome of jet set awesomeness, the masters of cool from decades ago put us in check. We're talking about the bands of the 1970s who took private jet travel to (literal) new heights, adding shag carpeting, love lounges andummfaux fireplaces to their airplane interiors.
Flavorwire recently featured 17 musicians and their private jets, but we couldn't help focusing in on Led Zeppelin. Who wants to bet that smoking was allowed onboard, even if the fireplace was just for show?
[Photo: via Flavorwire]
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Soul plane lol twitter.com/mt3much4em/sta…— michael thomas (@mt3much4em) January 27, 2013
It sure wasn't a lazy Sunday yesterday for the San Francisco 49ers as the football team packed up and headed down to San Jose Airport to board their ride to Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans. That ride? Oh, it was just a chartered Delta Boeing 747.
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It seemed like a good idea at the timetake a Boeing 777 to 7 gigs over 7 days and bring a bunch of journalists along to cover it allbut it turns out Rihanna's Unapologetic tour had a lot to apologize for in the end.
Before embarking on the private Delta 777, Rihanna told the 150 passengers, "Ya'll gon' either enjoy it or fucking hate me!" and, unfortunately, for most it's now the latter.
The tour kicked off on Nov. 14 in Mexico City, followed by stops in Toronto, Stockholm, Paris, Berlin, London, and finally NYC. Things got off to a strong start with Rihanna granting interviews, pouring champagne and playing her new album, but it was all downhill from there.
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As much as it pains us to type the words "Cyber Monday," it's true that there are enough travel deals out there to make the term stick a bit. Here's a few worth mentioning:
· Virgin America private jet to CES:
$49,000 gets you VX's #nerdbird, an A320 that'll bear a design of your choosing for one month. Oh yeah, and you'll get a roundtrip flight for 136 guests from San Francisco to Las Vegas for 2013 CESthe world's largest consumer electronics showon that plane.
The trip will come complete with free onboard Gogo WiFi, Elevate Silver status for all guests, Elevate Gold for the purchaser +1, and all 136 CES passes and keynote tickets will be taken care of. We seriously dare you to find a private jet company that can beat this deal. They just can't, especially when it comes to the addition of the custom livery! Buy it on Gilt City. AMEX Centurion cards were practically made for moments like this.
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Is it wrong that, last night during the rolling in of Election 2012 results, we kept wondering who'd be the one to get Air Force One? A private 747 with the interior perks and history of AF1 is just one bonus of the presidency of course, but there's no doubting that Romney was hoping to upgrade his MD-83 campaign plane to the big one last night. Luckily Obama stays in the captain's seat (in the figurative sense).
Win or lose, Romney's plane still had to go back to the hangar at the conclusion of his campaign, and BusinessWeek has a fantastic article up on how exactly the lessor, USA Jets, will go about "de-Romneying" the plane before it may fly for another private client. We're going to guess that means peeling off the sticky-tack used to mount these photos over the windows (which definitely do not open in flight for a reason, MR).
Do read the full article, but we're still going to share some favorite passages:
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Lady Gaga might be making headlines again for her weight gain, but it looks like Live Nation likes her just the way she is.
And why shouldn't they? Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball Tour earned nearly 227.4 million dollars for the concert powerhouse, an achievement that prompted them to give her the ultimate gift in returna 757 private jet.
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So, which one?
Quick question: do you like wine? How about private jets? Now, how do you feel about wine and a private jet? Exactly. They're awesome on their own, but put the two together and your salivary glands start working overtime.
If you think you can handle tasting 70+ wines in two days after stepping off a Magellan private jet, then listen up. Napa is about to celebrate their second annual wine festival, called Flavor! Napa Valley, and they're doing it in proper baller style by offering a package deal that bundles everything from airport transportation to the private flight to Napa, to a 5-star hotel and the aforementioned wine marathon.
If only Charles Lindbergh could see how easily we can all fly around the world these days. In fairness, he did live until the 1970s and did serve as a consultant with Pan Am, but much has changed in just the few decades since. In 1927, when he completed that history-making nonstop flight from New York to Paris, he won the Orteig Prize and its $25,000 pot. It was a lot of money for the 1920s, but considering four teams trying to win the prize spent $400,000 on their efforts, the money meant nothing.
What really came of all that innovation was a leap for commercial aviation, and now we're at a point where, for $100,000, a person may fly in private jets wherever they want. It's a little program called the Lindbergh Card, recently launched by Air Charter Service to allow movers and shakers with the means, "who have to strike while the iron is hot," to do so without the usual limitations and surcharges of private jet cards.