Creature comfort: the British 'safari jet' that transforms into a plush viewing platform
There are some people who want the comforts of home with them - even when 'roughing it' on safari in Africa.
For these five-star campers, BAE Systems and Design Q have come up with the ultimate in travel luxury.
four-engined Avro Business Jet Explorer Four has been designed to land
on short runways and uneven landing strips, delivering its wealthy
passengers directly into wildlife areas.
Then, with the flick of a switch, a
door on the side of the jet opens and a viewing platform extends from
the fuselage - offering spectacular open-air views.
Plane for the plains: With the flick of a
switch, the jet transforms into an open-air viewing platform for
passengers. At a cool £16m, however, its only for the elite traveller
For a cool £16 million, A-list
animal lovers will get the chance to by the 'safari jet', which has
room for two pilots and eight passengers and crew.
the aircraft, a galley kitchen can deliver gourmet meals to an
eight-seat dining area, and large sofas fold out to provide on-board
To top it all off, once passengers
have had their fill of the good life and wildlife in any given area,
they simply transform the aircraft back into its 'flying mode' and jet
off to the next destination
Opulence: As the sun sets on their exotic
landing ground, passengers can relax in their spacious living area,
complete with comfy sofas, as the crew serves them cool drinks
Made to order: Further into the aircraft, a
dining area and sleeping quarters can be found. Marble flooring and
art entertainment systems can also be included
The 100ft aircraft is being
built to order in the UK, and a spokesman for BAE/Design Q says the
aircraft will 'offer a new level of sophistication for the discerning
floors and quality finishes throughout, the interiors can be modified
and designed to suit the individual needs of the owner.
For more remote locations and
rougher landing grounds, the jet can be fitted with stronger and bigger
tyres, and the fuselage can be strengthened to cope with the extra
The finished product, will look like these images, based on BAE designs.
Floor plan: One proposed configuartion of the 'safari jet', including dining room, lounge suite and viewing area