While first class flight accommodations have become increasingly luxurious in recent years, one airline has invested some major cash in developing a high-end wine list in the sky. Though many companies have made strides to offer large in-flight lounge and state-of-the-art design elements for those customers willing to shill out the big bucks to fly first class, Emirates, a Dubai-based airline, is setting out to become the chosen airline of wanderlust-filled wine connoisseurs everywhere.
In the 12 years since Emirates' wine program began, the company has spent over $500 million to develop the world's most high-end, mile-high cellar, Bloomberg reports. According to Joost Heymeijer, Emirate's Senior Vice President Inflight Catering, there are typically 70 different wines circulating across the airline's network at any point, offering customers a rotating list of world-class vintages.
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Over the course of a year, upwards of 300 vintages are served aboard the airline's flights, requiring a secure place to house the company's expansive collection until the bottles are ready to be uncorked. In order to protect and preserve the 3.75 million bottles in the airline's personal stash, they moved the collection into a nondescript group of warehouses in Burgundy, France, which Heymeijer calls "a Fort Knox-style facility," complete with temperature-controlled and light-deprived accommodations.