Take a Peek at How the Super Rich Fly
PHOTO: Private jet interior by Comlux. (Photo courtesy Comlux)
It looks like the inside of a five-star hotel but, really, it’s the cabin of a private jet. Welcome to how the super rich navigate the friendly skies.
CNN’s Miquel Ros has the enviable job or researching what it’s like to fly private in a world where air rage incidents due to tight quarters in flight are a growing trend. But flying in an Airbus A330 VIP is anything but cramped. It’s a truly spacious experience.
“This aircraft, currently being outfitted by Comlux, a Swiss firm specializing in the design, outfitting and operation of large corporate jets, represents the state of the art when it comes to luxury aircraft cabin design,” writes Ros.
There are more multimillionaires and billionaires than ever these days, increasing the need for luxury airliners.
“While private jets come in all shapes and sizes, the ultimate status statement is the VIP airliner,” notes Ros.
The market is responding to the need, creating VIP versions of their most popular planes.
“Boeing has the Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) family while its European rival has the Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ). Their product ranges include specially configured variants of the popular Airbus A320 and Boeing 737, but the most deep-pocketed buyers can also order larger models, such as the Boeing 747 and Airbus A340 or the newest Boeing 787 and Airbus A350,” reports Ros.
Crafting these planes is a specialized business and one that is growing.
"This market is all about emotion. It is not unusual for a client to call you in the middle of the night to discuss this or that detail of his aircraft decor," Richard Gaona, an industry veteran who, after many years at the helm of Airbus Corporate Jets, is now CEO of Comlux, tells CNN.
Technical performance is important, but what really catches the eye is the stunning interiors — and clients spend big.
“Aircraft manufacturers offer some off-the-shelf options with a standard design — but once you've decided to splash $87 million on a jet (that's the catalog price of an Airbus ACJ319), you may as well go all the way and customize the cabin to match your own personal style,” notes Ros.
Read more here about the splashy interiors and see what an $87 million private jet looks like — including video tours to give you the full experience.
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