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A discerning and ecological trip to Antarctica and Embraer’s new $80M bespoke business jets


The Florida-based business jet division of Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer sought out Los Angeles-based Eddie Soto to redesign the interiors of the Lineage 1000E—the largest aircraft in their Executive Jets fleet.

Traveling to Antarctica with White Desert is ecologically friendly and luxurious

The result is a pair of bespoke aircrafts—the Manhattan and the Hollywood. The Lineage 1000E is 84 feet in length and can host up to 19 passengers. Traditionally a $53M purchase, these two custom offerings are $80M.

Sotto, the former SVP of Concept Design for Walt Disney Imagineering (meaning he helped design the amusement park experiences), drew inspiration from black-and-white movies of the 1930s for the Hollywood and the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building for the Manhattan. Both interiors, front to back, look eerily like what they are inspired from offering guests venue experiences—such as the Cloud Club and Crystal Room on the Manhattan—whilst on board.

In addition to the purchase price, the Manhattan and the Hollywood can be chartered.


White Desert—the luxury-meets-adventure travel company that has shepherded well-to-do travelers to Antarctica since 2006—announced that it is launching a new exclusive private-jet service. Founded in 2006 by Patrick Woodhead, White Desert is the only luxury (and it is truly luxury) camp on the continent.

The Cloud Club bar within Embraer’s new $80M Manhattan

Guests will fly from Cape Town, South Africa to Antarctica in a 12-passenger Gulfstream for eight-, four-, and single-day itineraries. The itineraries are wide ranging, based primarily on the duration of your stay but all programs come with roundtrip transportation from Cape Town, accommodations in the White Desert camp, polar gear, and air and ground transports while on the continent. We suggest the eight-day Emperors & South Pole adventure ($78,000 per person).