Fred Olsen Cruise Lines to launch aircraft fleet

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines to launch aircraft fleet

A dedicated fleet of aircraft is being deployed to support Fred Olsen Cruise Lines its extensive new worldwide fly-cruise programme.

The aircraft – the exact model and quantity of which have yet to be disclosed – are to be named along the same lines as Fred Olsen’s cruise ship fleet, and will all start with the letter ‘B’.

The first aircraft is to be called ‘Bader’, as a tribute to renowned WW2 pilot Sir Douglas Bader.

The in-flight experience is expected to include a unique new seating configuration down the centre of the aircraft.

This will allow passengers to walk around the edge and enjoy the views, while being able to exercise at the same time – in keeping with the cruise line’s promenade decks.

A selection of dining times will be available, with those flying first class expected to wear black tie.

Captain’s table dining will be limited, due to the pilot’s operational duties. This may have to take place in the cockpit, so that the captain can keep a check on the controls.

Jacuzzis have been excluded from the on board leisure experience, as the water jet function was found to interfere with the aircraft’s electronic system.

However, spa treatments will be available and shops will be open on board within international air space.

For passengers wishing to upgrade, balcony seating will be available, but only at the rear of the aircraft, to avoid drafts.

For travellers on a budget, ‘interior’ seats are available in the hold area of the aircraft, along with the luggage.

Sales and marketing director, Justin Stanton, said: “The formation of ‘Fred Olsen Air’ seemed a logical step for us, to enable us to offer guests a seamless Fred Olsen holiday experience from start to finish.

“This move into aircraft seems the right thing for us to do – to ignore it would just be plane stupid.”

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