In Silver Oak casino, we have always taken gambling to new exciting heights. But what the people at Air Jet Designs and Designescence have planned is another ball game on a league of its own. How would you like to play poker, slots, or craps at an altitude of 35,000 feet and surrounded by white clouds and starlight? These guys want to make this fantasy a reality.

Gambling on the air has been a cause of debate in the last decade or so. Many entrepreneurs have tried to implement it before and had less to satisfying results. In the 1980s, Singapore Airlines put slots machines on its airplane aisles but the experiment was short-lived. They removed it after a couple of months.

A decade later, Swissair installed an electronic gambling system in their aircrafts where players could play Blackjack, Poker, Keno, etc. Everything went swimmingly until tragedy struck in September of 1998. Flight 111 crashed off the coast of Nova Scotia and many people were quick to blame the in-flight video game system as the cause of an interference with the plane control system and power source.

In 2005, airplane gambling seemed to be coming back in the hands of business and entertainment mogul Richard Branson, the flounder of the Virgin group. He announced he had plans to install double beds and casinos in a new fleet of planes. However, the idea never came to fruition.

However, what Jean-Pierre Alfano of AirJet Designs and Designescence’s founder Frédérique Houssard have designed is a fresh new concept that is both safe and extremely entertaining. Their concept is to install a luxurious casino bar in long flights where the passengers have to travel for more than 10 hours or so. According to them, when you are stuck on these flights, you really have no other choice but to sleep through it or distract yourself with individual activities like reading, tablets, etc.

The innovating factor of this casino is to focus on the passenger’s need for socialization and quality entertainment, offering a space to hang out with other passengers, have a couple of drinks, and play some games. The have designed a hip and sophisticated space that evokes the glamour of a James Bond movie, with vibrant colors and interesting textures.

The lounge itself includes cool and spacious seats, a blackjack table, and an elegant bar section. In order to evoke the retro vibe there are no modern electronic game systems, everything is done in extreme refinement, the good old fashion way. Houssard and Alfano have been in talks with different airlines to implement this exciting new concept as soon as possible. Hopefully, by the beginning of 2015, we will have this option available when we travel! Truthfully, no pun intended, it sounds like a gambling castle in the sky come true!


Simon is an overactive gambler and the Staff Writer here at Silver Oak. He loves casino bonuses, online slots, and using the em dash too often. Currently, he rests his typing hands in Vancouver, Canada.