What You'll Find on a Private Jet Designed for Athletes
Forget USB chargers. This airplane comes with a massage table.
A Russian aircraft manufacturer is using the Olympics to promote their new “SportJet”: a private plane designed specifically for sports teams and pro athletes.
Sukhoi Civil Aircraft has split a 100-seat airplane into four “zones,” boasting unusual in-flight entertainment systems like exercise bikes and a curved, 4K-television (for reviewing game-winning plays, of course).
Passengers will also find a diagnostics capsule and a massage table for injury treatment—or just cruising altitude-massages.
Even the standard airplane elements are tricked-out: Business class seats have integrated physiological sensors to monitor heart rate and oxygen levels. The toilet has been upgraded to provide athletes with a hydration report.
The SportJet appeals to coaches, too, with a designated coach zone with a table and chairs, a sofa, and tablets with performance software.
Maybe the best selling point is that athletes won’t have to deal with checking their very particular baggage—sports equipment, that is. With the SportsJet, Olympic fencers like Arthur Lanigan-O’Keeffe wouldn't have had any trouble transporting his gear.
Sukhoi’s senior vice president of sales, Evgeniy Andrachnikov, told CNBC that “a market niche does exist in terms of aircraft designed to carry a professional sports team.”
The first SportJet could be delivered as soon as the end of 2017—and it’s already the official aircraft for the Russian Olympic Team.
Melanie Lieberman is the Assistant Digital Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @melanietaryn.