When former US President Barack Obama toured Kenya in 2015, he jetted into the country aboard the most high-tech and luxurious aircraft in the world — a Boeing 747 known by call sign Air Force One.
At the time, he was the leader of a superpower, and that was the presidential aircraft.
On Sunday, July 15, 2018 the son of K’Ogelo, as he is fondly referred to in Kenya, returned to Nairobi, this time round in a private jet christened VistaJet.
The luxurious aircraft is one of many owned by Swiss company VistaJet — a global business aviation company that flies government, corporate and moneyed private clients.
Vistajet, which has a fleet of over 70 aircrafts worldwide, is owned by billionaire businessman Thomas Flohr.
While the plane might be way different from the ‘Flying White House’ Obama used during his last visit, luxury and comfort that goes beyond ordinary were at his disposal in the ‘VistaJet’.
The VistaJet cabin crew are trained by the British Butler Institute. They are taught to discreetly keep tabs on each customer and update their files with details of their preferences.
American business magazine Fast Company reports that food and drink options in the aircraft include VistaJet’s own branded caviar, a Nobu menu, and renowned mixologist Simone Caporale’s global-inspired cocktail collection.
When customers order a classic gin and tonic, it comes with an essence of Indian spice.
That aside, there is a sleep preparation program, where clients receive special pajamas and relaxing herbal teas prior to resting on Egyptian cotton linens, feather duvets, and cashmere blankets.
VistaJet-owned aircrafts have a custom aircraft fragrance, designed by perfumier Le Labo.
The aircraft interior features Italian wood and leather finishing.VistaJet Creative Director Nina Flohr told Fast Company: “They’re busy people, they’re always on the go, so what we’re trying to capture with our cabin experience is that home away from home.”
“For example, if the crew notices that a customer prefers Moroccan mint tea, they will ensure that there is mint tea available on the passenger’s next flight. The crew will even note how the passenger likes it served: with sugar or without? These are little things that are not spoken about, but are noticed and used to build that customer’s profile,” said Nina.
In an interview with BBC, the Vistajet owner disclosed that the company only uses the newest and most luxurious planes and it will fly to anywhere in the world no matter how remote; a major contributor to its success.
VistaJet’s fleet renewal strategy dictates that each aircraft in the fleet is replaced every five years.