The New York Times, a newspaper that is nominally and editorially aggrieved about income inequality in America and human-rights violations abroad, is offering its elite, ultra-wealthy readers a chance to see some of the world’s most despotic destinations in a private jet for just $135,000 per person.
“Circle the globe on an inspiring and informative journey by private jet, created by The New York Times in collaboration with luxury travel pioneers Abercrombie & Kent,” reads the promotional material for this exclusive voyage of a lifetime. “This 26-day itinerary takes you beneath the surface of some of the world’s most compelling destinations, illuminating them through the expertise of veteran Times journalists.”
Sound like fun? The private Boeing 757, which can hold up to 50 passengers in “first-class, fully lie-flat seats,” is departing in February 2018, so be sure to reserve your seats now. Travelers can fork over $135,000 for the full trip, or a stunningly cheap $13,500 to partake in a single segment of the trip.
Destinations include the recently embargo-free Havana, Cuba, as well as Isfahan, Iran. Travelers will also get to “camp in luxury under the stars” in Morocco, site of an elegant Clinton Foundation event made possible by the generosity of the Moroccan king and a government-owned phosphate company. All three countries are regularly cited (including by the Times) for human rights abuses. Myanmar, long on the international naughty list, is also a destination.
Four New York Times writers will be on board the private jet for different portions of the trip to provide a prestigious glow — although only one (dedicated defender of the poor and oppressed Nicholas Kristof) is currently a Times staff member. Perhaps that’s to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest — the other Times journalists on board are either retired or merely a “contributor”.
The highlight of the trip will take place at the very beginning, when guests will be invited on an “exclusive tour” of the New York Times newsroom, following by a “private brunch” with Publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr.
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