You can now fly a private all-business-class A340 between the UK and Barbados

Jul 6, 2020

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With Barbados on the list of countries exempt from U.K. government travel restrictions, there’s a new and unique way to travel between the United Kingdom and this tropical Caribbean paradise: a privately owned Airbus A340 fitted entirely with business-class seats.

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With Virgin Atlantic currently suspending the route until next month and British Airways only offering a two- or three-weekly service over the coming months, luxury travel operator Caledonia Jets has leased a very special plane from charter airline Air X in order to introduce another option to transport passengers across the Atlantic. As first reported by One Mile At A Time, the once-weekly service will operate from 8 July 2020 from the private terminal at London’s Stansted Airport (STN) direct to Grantley Adams Airport in Barbados (BGI).

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The Airbus A340 operating the flight has a truly unique layout. Rather than the usual layout of hundreds of seats across multiple classes, there are just 100 seats in an all-business-class layout, which should make social distancing far easier than standard economy seating. If that’s not enough room there are also couches at the rear of the aircraft to stretch out on.

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Image by Caledonia Jets
(Photo courtesy of Caledonia Jets)

While other airlines have dramatically scaled back on board food and drink offerings in premium classes during the coronavirus pandemic, Caledonia Jets promises “a range of Champagne, spirits, wine and beer alongside gourmet dining”. There’s also a whopping 90kg checked luggage allowance per passenger.

This luxurious service, akin to a private jet or presidential aircraft doesn’t come cheap though. The flight costs £7,500 per person round-trip, or £5,000 one-way — and you won’t earn any loyalty points or tier/status credits for this private service. Leased aircraft are notorious for poor food, beverage and service, though at this price point, you would expect a truly premium experience from start to finish.

Image by Caledonia Jets
(Image courtesy of Caledonia Jets)

Barbados currently requires the presentation of a negative COVID-19 test, taken less than 72 hours before arriving in the country. Caledonia Jets has arranged for hotel accommodation for all guests near Stansted Airport the night before each flight where they will be tested and isolated in their hotel rooms overnight as they await the result. If negative, they can board the flight the next day. This process has been approved by the Minister of Health for Barbados. This convenience also comes at a price — the test costs £300 per person and guests will need to pay for the hotel room, too.

If you have money to burn and the desire to try this truly unique flight, you can book the service here.

Featured image by Caledonia Jets

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