“When you get into the larger aircraft it becomes like a hotel, with dozens of staff supporting the plane based in a galley area down below. You have very comprehensive cooking facilities, and on larger aircraft we have looked at theatres, with spiral staircases and a Steinway grand piano. The limitations for what you can put inside a plane are pretty much the limits of physics, and even money cannot always overcome that. Even so, people are still always trying to push [the limits]. ”
New club offers flights, yachts and cars
Miami-based Air Platinum Club, which began operating in July, offers its members flight time on club-owned Gulfstream GIV-SPs. The club provides flights within the continental U.S. and between Paris and major U.S. cities. Members also have access to the club's 50-foot yacht, exotic sports cars and beachfront condo, all of which are in the Miami area. Annual memberships start at $163,000, which covers 15 flight hours, 20 days' usage of the club's cars, 15 days on its yacht and three weekends in the condo.