Dornier's seaplane may not have been "the plane, the plane" of the opening credits of the TV show Fantasy Island, which ran 1977-1984 — that was a Grummon Widgeon seaplane — but it's still got plenty of cachet.
The price tag, set at around $7 million, is relatively reasonable for a private jet, which can run anywhere from around $3 million to $90 million, not including Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal's purchase of an Airbus A380 for personal use at a cost estimated upward of $300 million.
Having an air-yacht can be a notch in the belt of the ultra-rich, particularly those with their own islands, but on the sidelines of the Singapore Air Show, Dornier noted that not all of the demand is luxurious.
"Basically, it's a work horse. It's a Jeep vehicle on the surface," Dornier told CNBC. "It has a plethora of good uses, from medical evacuation to border patrol."
Dornier Seawings' main market is in Asia, particularly Southeast Asia, but the company is also eyeing the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and the U.S. Pacific Northwest, essentially anywhere with strings of islands.
Dornier said that as of Wednesday morning, the company had landed 10 commitments at the airshow, with orders coming from the U.S., Nigeria, Greece and archipelago Indonesia.