Crystal Skye Prepares for Sarasota Debut at SRQ with Admiral Travel

Creation Date April 26, 2019 // Posted in: Latest News

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Sarasota-based travel agency Admiral Travel International (ATI) has created a first-of-its-kind departure bringing the world’s largest and ‘most luxuriously spacious private charter jet,’ the Boeing 777-200LR Crystal Skye, to Sarasota for the first time. ATI Proprietors Malaka and Ryan Hilton, alongside their friend and colleague Salvatore Ferragamo of Il Borro Wines, grandson of the famed Italian footwear designer, will host a private non-stop 14.5-hour flight aboard the Crystal Skye bound for an exclusive, week-long, private safari at Singita in South Africa.
The luxury journey, set to depart from the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) on May 10, 2019, to South Africa, marks the first time Crystal Skye will depart from SRQ.
“We’re excited to see this unique aircraft and specialty service provided at the community’s international airport,” says SRQ President and Chief Executive Officer Fredrick J. Piccolo. “We are confident that this will be the first of many unique excursions by Crystal Skye at SRQ and we look forward to their growth and success.”
Crystal Skye has been recognized for the highest standards of aviation design, featuring 88 handcrafted, first class-style, fully-reclining flatbed seats with personal integrated entertainment systems for each, a dedicated stand-up bar and social lounge with dining tables, a team of Skye Attendants, an executive chef and mixologist. 
“From our Crystal Family, a heartfelt congratulations to our partners at Admiral Travel and Mr. Ferragamo for offering this remarkable journey – the first of its kind – from SRQ,” said Carmen Roig, Crystal’s senior vice president of marketing and sales. “Crystal Skye is like no other aircraft in the world, and the experiences in store for travelers will be simply unforgettable.”
ATI CEO Malaka Hilton explained, “This was a special opportunity for ATI guests to, in essence, purchase an individual seat on this jet which is typically only available as a full chartered flight. Our agency has always strived for innovation in the luxury travel sector and our guests are sure to appreciate this truly VIP experience, from unsurpassed luxury in the skies to supreme hospitality and safari experiences at Singita in South Africa.”
Ferragamo will present special tastings showcasing Il Borro Wines from his Italian wine estate during the flight to South Africa. 
To learn more about travel experiences offered through Admiral Travel International, call 941-951-1801 or visit   
About Crystal Skye
A hybrid of innovative global travel and ultra-exclusive luxury, Crystal AirCruises’ Boeing 777, Crystal Skye, took flight in September 2017 as the largest and most spacious privately-owned global tour jet in the industry. Available for charter and other special interest cruises, Crystal Skye offers a standard of luxury that is unmatched by any hotel, resort or cruise line in the world. The 88-guest aircraft features Crystal’s famous service, Michelin-inspired cuisine, a spacious dedicated social lounge with stand-up bar, an expansive wine collection housed in the Skye Cellar, fully reclining Crystal Exclusive Class™ flatbed seats, and the latest personal tech devices. Crystal Skye charters have been operated by Comlux Aviation since 2017. For more information, visit  
About Admiral Travel International
Established in 1997 in Sarasota, Florida, Admiral Travel International operates as a boutique Virtuoso-member travel agency located in downtown Sarasota.  Malaka and Ryan Hilton, proprietors of Admiral Travel International, are known throughout the luxury travel industry for innovative travel concepts. The Hiltons and their specialized team of travel advisors prepare and escort travel experiences throughout the world for high-profile individuals, exclusive groups and numerous philanthropic, culinary and cultural organizations. For more information, please call 941.951.1801 or visit
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