City of London based broker and management specialist, Watkins Superyachts has announced its appointment to present the imaginatively restored Douglas DC-6 Cloudmaster, dubbed the 'Superyacht In The Sky'.
According to Watkins Superyachts, The Douglas DC-6 Cloudmaster is widely regarded as the finest piston-engined airliner of all time and a romantic icon from an age when aeronautics was still a craft. Watkins, which pioneered retail exposure for superyachts at Harrods last year, believes that for the discerning traveller, the experience is as important as the destination which complements the idea of luxury sailing.
Cloudmaster boasts an exterior appearance which is faithful to her early years as a cornerstone of global aviation. The interior, from the award winning superyacht design studio of Bannenberg & Rowell, will eschew the language of the business jet and instead explore themes and influences from her long and distinguished past, creating an exceptional flying experience. With fully pressurised and air-conditioned accommodation for up to 30 guests, the main cabin provides distinct social areas, while large main deck doors offer great flexibility of use.
On longer flights the supremely comfortable appointments, comprehensive entertainment system and complete connectivity will enable guests to enjoy an utterly unique travel experience.
Considerably larger than most corporate jets, the aircraft makes an unrivalled statement in the air and on the ground. Sculpted on elegant wings, the magnificent highly polished engine cowlings hint at immense installed power and understated performance, yet the Cloudmaster has remarkable fuel economy, giving transatlantic range.
On working trips there is the assurance of modern all-weather navigation systems. On more leisurely voyages guests can enjoy the views afforded by the large windows.
Ownership of the aircraft is available on an eighth-share basis (or multiples thereof) and there will be central management of maintenance, training and aircraft positioning. Each share is priced at just under GBP 2.7m.
Commenting on Watkins' deviation from pure superyacht support, Captain Adrian McCourt, managing director said, “This is a year of change for us and for adding enhanced value to the services we offer; what better way to raise the bar in our industry than by showing our clients this fabulous aircraft? From the moment we first saw the plans, we were as good as airborne. Superyachts are an emotional purchase and so is such a unique aircraft, and we are delighted to offer this to our clients. We have recognised that our sector needs change and we are that change, so this is 'wheels up' for us now.”
For further information and specification visit, Watkins Superyachts Cloudmaster.