With the increase in the number of private jet owners and the limited supply on the market, many owners bought all the planes they could and opted to customize the interiors rather than waiting months for custom builds. measure. More than just a convenient means of transport, the private plane becomes a second home in the sky for its most frequent travelers, with all the comforts of a residence and an office often integrated into planes.
Under the direction of the world’s leading designers, increasingly innovative design options lead owners to experience contemporary layouts, materials and furnishings like never before. Three of these industry experts from design firms PINTO, Harrison Eidsgaard and Design Q reflect on the evolution of private jet interior design and reveal the key design elements owners are asking for in 2022.
Yves Pickardt, aircraft interior designer at PINTO
“In recent years, we have seen an increase in requests for larger aircraft interiors, especially for luxury charter and business jet companies who want to redefine the standards of business jets as Acropolis’ request for an Airbus A320 which benefits from a complete tailor-made interior layout for very large volumes.
Due to our experience in the interior design of private aircraft, we are increasingly confronted with two main types of requests. The first is the “soft modern” style as a safe bet characterized by the use of wood and leather and more or less traditional shapes. There is also a trend towards ever more fluid shapes, as if the aerodynamic constraints now also concern the interior of the passenger compartment and not just the exterior.
And, whatever the style, the relatively recent use of new materials such as carbon fiber, cold metallization and “vegan”, eco-friendly and recyclable fabrics and leathers are making their way into planes and on the ground.
Richard Whitehouse, director of Harrison Eidsgaard
“Over the past 10 years, Jet’s interiors have become more contemporary and simplistic, with an emphasis on high quality materials. Owners lead busy lives and enjoy a certain peace and quiet. At the same time, a jet is a big investment and it should be special. This is the challenge of high-end interior design; to create something lasting and beautiful, which is also spectacular and very personal.
There have been tremendous advances in technology in recent years, and this will continue. This notably influences connectivity and the quality of in-flight entertainment. But because we can work 24/7 from anywhere, we also find that our customers need places where they feel they can disconnect completely. The yacht and the jet are generally designed to allow both work and a break from work.
Howard Guy, CEO of Q-design
“Not so long ago, a typical business jet would not have an interior that could be judged as contemporary or even an interior that provided an experience or wonder along with obvious storage spaces and places to put her purse, laptop or a bottle of champagne.
We have managed to push boundaries through invention and design, giving customers something they can’t get anywhere else. Our mission on our first production jet, Learjet 85, became a great opportunity to correct the flaws of most private jets of the time. The way it was designed, the attention to detail and the overall contemporary ‘wow’ factor any passenger would feel and it really set the stage for what has become a long and rewarding experience with Bombardier.
The biggest game-changer came in the form of the Global 7500. The design specification was to ditch the usual gray military-style cockwells and treat the interior like a luxury car in the league of Aston Martin or Bentley with an emphasis on details and super high quality.
In 2022 we expect to see better sound and vision and bigger screens – ceiling screens too (see Aerion above). We continually try and succeed in providing new details – art carvings on partitions, clouds and blue sky ceilings with special lighting to refract on 3D clouds, stars twinkling ceiling with specific formations of stars and galaxies. Our invention on the supersonic Aerion SP2 (which has since ceased development) was the full-vision curved high-definition overhead screen.