Five of the most creative interiors for your private jet

The experience of flying is at risk of losing its romance and excitement. But aircraft-design teams are working to elevate our time aloft.

By Mary Grady 24/10/2017

The experience of flying has become so routine that it is at risk of losing its romance and excitement — even when travelling in a private jet. But aircraft-design teams are working to elevate our time aloft, employing the latest technical innovations along with soaring imaginations to create spaces for comfort, rest, and productivity — plus a little magic.

## Hollywood airship

Embraer Executive Jets’ in-house design team travelled back to the golden age of 1930s Hollywood to find inspiration for this interior for its Lineage 1000E ultra-large private jet. The aircraft, based on the E190 airliner, features a five-zone cabin that stretches 25 metres — plenty of space for a variety of functions, beginning with an elegant entryway. Guests are greeted with a 3-D-sculpted leather frieze filled with images that evoke the era: Howard Hughes’s Spruce Goose flying boat, the Sunset Tower, and classic cars. The entrance leads guests to the Cloud Club Art Deco bar, where golden barstools and tufted silver divans add to the sense of classic luxury. Marble tones and aluminum trim reflect the glamour and style of the silver screen, while extra-large windows create a sense of space. The VIP Crystal Room offers formal dining for six, and a master suite provides private sleeping accommodations and a shower large enough for two to share. Sleeping is often a necessity during long trips aboard the Lineage 1000E, which has a range of 8,530 kilometres. The airplane, outfitted with a custom interior, sells for about US$83 ($A106) million.

## Crystal AirCruises around-the-world cabin

The unique Crystal Skye Boeing 777, owned by Crystal AirCruises, was delivered to the company in August and is now available for charter. Its custom interior by Greenpoint Technologies of Kirkland, Washington, accommodates as many as 88 travellers. Stone veneer and marble accents throughout the aircraft create an aura of elegance and luxury. A 24-seat lounge area with a stand-up bar encourages guests to mingle, and two galleys plus an onboard wine cellar ensure a plentiful flow of food and drink. The 88 bespoke leather seats convert to lie-flat beds. Designed to maximise personal space, each seat is equipped with a privacy surround, a 24-inch flatscreen monitor, Wi-Fi connectivity, noise-canceling Bose headphones, and plenty of power ports. The custom 777 can be chartered for trips anywhere in the world via Comlux Aruba NV and can fly for up to 19 hours between fuel stops. A New York–Paris charter flight costs about US$475,000 ($A607,600).

## Elegante, by DesignQ

Comfort, luxury, and creativity were the watchwords for this concept by DesignQ, a boutique studio based in England. The Elegante interior was designed for the British company BAE Systems, which builds and modifies regional business jets. Its design combines rich materials and fluid shapes with advanced technologies, with the aim of creating an atmosphere of harmony and grace. The layout includes a large galley, a lounge, and a spacious dining area that seats as many as eight passengers for relaxed meals during long flights. Leather-upholstered couches line the cabin walls, and built-in bookshelves add to the homelike ambience. Roomy swiveling armchairs provide a place to read, work, or socialize. The Elegante’s sleeping area comes with a huge private bathroom and shower. The custom aircraft — which includes your choice of exterior livery — can be had for about US$6 ($A7.6) million .

## DesignQ safari plane

This concept airplane from DesignQ may look over-the-top, but everything about it is purely practical and doable. It is based on the Avro Business Jet, which is a made-over BAE146 regional jet. The outdoor deck is an imaginative repurposing of the original cargo door and is designed to be deployed or stowed with the push of a button. Beyond the open-air deck, the ABJ features a barbecue station, a fully equipped office space, a marble-floored entryway, a spacious lounge, private sleeping accommodations, and crew quarters. The high wings and engines make it practical to fly the ABJ from rough backcountry airstrips, where jet exhaust can kick up dirt or debris. The rugged craft with the custom interior costs about US$6 ($A7.6) million, a price that includes exterior livery.

## Airbus With curves

Curves are key in this Melody cabin concept from the in-house Airbus design studio. Flowing shapes evoke feelings of serenity, relaxation, and comfort, Airbus says, and remind us of natural outdoor spaces. A broad winding pathway leads passengers from one end of the cabin to the other, starting with a full galley near the entryway. A master lounge area provides space for private conversations, dining for six, or seats at a bar for socialising. A curved sofa offers a viewing space for a large-screen TV. The master suite features a roomy shower and a massive king-size bed, plus a sofa. The cabin is designed for the ACJ320neo, which carries as many as 25 passengers for flights as long as 12,500 kilometres at speeds of up to 1013 km/h. The jet sells for about US$95 ($A121.5) million, which includes a VIP cabin.


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