Private jets and airliners have transformed how the rich and famous, as well as business people, travel. Gone are the days when a private jet was simply an aircraft you had all to yourself; now, it can be a luxury apartment or office in the sky. Here is what you need to know about private jet interiors.
Light private jets
A lightweight jet is designed to carry around seven passengers and offers a fairly standard level of luxury. Passengers can enjoy large, ultra-comfortable seats, television, and internet, with some being fitted with a bathroom.
A private jet charter of a light aircraft is similar to first-class on an airliner, giving you comfort and entertainment for short flights.
A midsize jet is the quintessential private jet, offering passengers larger seating and dining areas, seating that can become beds, and some jets are fitted with small kitchens. These jets are ideal for flights that would take a few hours, such as cross-country flights.
A long-haul private jet is where you will see the biggest difference in comfort and facilities. You will often have a separate bedroom, a bathroom with a shower, an entertainment area, and so on. These jets are often used by businesses, as their employees have the space and facilities to conduct work and meetings while travelling.
VIP airliners are not common, as they are reserved for the ultra-wealthy. Arguably the most famous VIP airliner would be Air Force One, which is used by the president of the United States.
These airliners will have multiple bathrooms and bedrooms, a conference room, a lounge, dining area/s, a kitchen, entertainment like internet and televisions, etc. They are designed to be flying luxury apartments or houses with everything you need right at your fingertips. Or, you could be someone like John Travolta, who decided to have multiple flying residences.
When it comes to beds and bedrooms, you will see a variation depending on the size of the aircraft in question. The majority of private jets will, at the very least, have seats that can recline into beds, much like what you would find in first class on a regular airliner.
Bedrooms, or at the very least beds, are installed in larger aircraft, as well as aircraft that have been specifically designed for an individual and their needs.
Bathrooms are another aspect that varies greatly depending on the aircraft size. Interestingly, not all jets have bathrooms, as many fly for very short periods of time, and you aren’t in the air long enough to need one.
However, once you get into a jet that is designed to fly for several hours, bathroom size and comfort will differ. The biggest difference will be seen in long-haul jets and private airliners, as both will often have showers, with the latter sometimes featuring a bath, too.
Once again, a conference area (which often doubles as a dining room and vice versa) is almost exclusively reserved for long-haul jets and private airliners. These areas will often have large tables and multiple seats, with conferencing areas sometimes having landline phones, internet access, TV screens or monitors, etc.
Private jet interior trends
As time goes on and interior design companies become more advanced in their capabilities, we are starting to see a few interior trends emerge that are taking over the private aircraft world.
One difference that has been very noticeable over the past few years is the shift away from pre-designed interiors and a move towards more bespoke interiors. Considering the cost involved, many companies tend to offer a small variety of interiors, with customers picking what they like.
Nowadays, however, companies are taking this to the next level by offering wholly unique and bespoke interiors, allowing customers to choose everything from the handle colour to the type of buttons they have on their couches.
When you think of a private aircraft, you often picture lots of white, metal, and a more ultra-modern feel. This is another area that is changing, as many customers want their interiors to be far more warm and cosy.
This is done using more natural materials, such as wood and stone. While there are limitations due to the weight, many people want their jet to feel like a cabin retreat, as opposed to an industrial apartment.
Finally, jet interior companies are always looking for ways to separate themselves from the competition, and they are doing this by taking the luxury element to the next level. This is done by including massage seats, jet baths, bigger and better kitchen facilities, etc.
As you can see, private jets have quickly become one of, if not the most luxurious forms of transport. When you step into one, you will struggle to believe you are on a plane and not in a high-end apartment, with every inch of the interior oozing luxury, class, and comfort.
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