Designing a luxurious, comfortable and functional interior for a private jet is both an art and a science. The technological challenges are formidable — all the furnishings and features in the cabin must meet or exceed the exacting safety standards for commercial aircraft enforced by government agencies around the world. In this article, we will show you how technology is raising the bar for luxury private jets.
Also, every feature — whether it’s a floor covering or doorknob or video monitor — must do its job while minimizing weight, because more weight requires more fuel, and every milliliter of fuel burned translates into a shorter range capability for the airplane. And every square centimeter of the interior must not only be safe and useful, it must also be reliable and easy to maintain, to be sure the private jet can maintain its busy schedule. But jet makers are eager to compete, so cabin technologies are continuously innovating and evolving.
Extra Large Windows
Nothing creates a feeling of space in a room like a big window, and that’s especially true when you have an expansive view. But installing windows in a jet is an engineering challenge. The windows must be able to withstand constantly changing pressures, from sea level to 10,000m or more, plus substantial differences in the pressures inside and outside the cabin. The bigger the window, the more difficult it is to make it work.
There’s something special about driving with the top down – it creates a feeling of freedom and connection to the world and to nature. It’s not possible, of course, in a private jet, but Pagani, a boutique design studio based in Italy, has created the next-best thing. The Airbus ACJ319neo Infinito jet offers a “sky ceiling” that creates the illusion of flying with the top down, with a clear view of the sky and clouds and stars above.
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“Our customers want a relaxing space with a residential feel,” says Jim Dixon, head of aviation for the Winch Design Studio, in London. One way to achieve that is through the use of 3-D printing technology to create unique features. “With this technology, we can design incredibly elaborate items like lamps, latches and other small details,” she says. “This can enormously improve the sense of quality and fabrication on board the airplane.”
Everyone wants to be connected all the time, at the highest possible speeds and security levels, and that has always been challenging for travelers, even on private jets. But the technology is evolving to enable more jet passengers to experience the same level of access aloft that they would expect while on the ground. Travelers want access to current news and streaming video, they want to be able to videoconference while flying, and they want wireless connectivity.
Big windows are always a welcome addition to any space, for letting in lots of light — except there are times when you don’t want all that light, so you can watch a movie or take a nap. For those times, some private jets now are featuring electronically dimmable windows.