Cabin Comforts

Business Jet Traveler » April 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 5:00am

When the Boeing Business Jet made its debut in 1997, the manufacturer suggested that customers would put about $5 million to $7 million into the interior. Instead, the company discovered that owners were investing as much as $17 million to get everything they wanted, even if that meant adding weight and reducing the airplane's range. It seems nobody wanted to plunk down $51 million or so for a private jet and then settle for a passenger compartment with coach-class amenities.

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“When you get into the larger aircraft it becomes like a hotel, with dozens of staff supporting the plane based in a galley area down below. You have very comprehensive cooking facilities, and on larger aircraft we have looked at theatres, with spiral staircases and a Steinway grand piano. The limitations for what you can put inside a plane are pretty much the limits of physics, and even money cannot always overcome that. Even so, people are still always trying to push [the limits]. ”

-Howard Guy of Design Q, a UK-based consultancy