In the realm of private jet travel, a new era of extravagance has dawned, featuring opulent champagne bars, spacious dining areas, and even onboard gyms. The possibilities for customization have soared to new heights, with every aircraft becoming a canvas for extreme personalization. This trend is particularly prominent in the world of large business jets, where owners prioritize self-expression over resale value.
Major aircraft manufacturers offer tailored interiors through their in-house design teams. However, those seeking truly bespoke designs often turn to external design firms or architects specializing in crafting luxurious cabin spaces. A striking example of this bespoke approach is the recent transformation of an ACJ319neo by London-based designer Colin Radcliffe, who infused the interior with an Art Deco-inspired design. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the new interior of the Cessna Citation Ascend seamlessly marries form and function, adding subtle touches of luxury. Then there’s the visually striking interior of a Vision Jet, tailor-made for a client in the automotive industry, complete with an orange glow.
Unlike yachts, where weight is less of a concern due to buoyancy on water, business jet interiors demand both artistic creativity and technical prowess. Materials must be fire-resistant and as lightweight as possible to meet FAA certification standards. Despite these challenges, more owners are eager to replicate their lavish terrestrial lifestyles in the air, resulting in a wave of innovative cabin designs that push the boundaries of technology and aesthetics.
Here, we showcase seven of our favorite private jet cabins, along with a cutting-edge concept that’s simply awe-inspiring.
Art Deco ACJ319neo | Jet Aviation
Step into this 1920s-inspired private jet, and you’ll be greeted by handcrafted silver antique mirrors, a monochromatic color palette, and intricate sunburst patterns. Collaborating with interior architect Colin Radcliffe, Jet Aviation Basel drew inspiration from the client’s love for Art Deco aesthetics. The sunburst pattern at the rear is a visual masterpiece, complemented by details like black wallpaper adorned with gold thread and exquisite burlwood patterns on the tabletops. Each element was carefully selected to enhance the overall impact, resulting in an exceptional interior.
VistaJet Global 7500
Designed for long-haul journeys, VistaJet’s Global 7500 offers four distinct living areas, including a full-size kitchen and bedroom. The cabin’s design prioritizes both aesthetics and durability, with Italian leather forming the foundation for the ergonomic seats and a warm, inviting gray color scheme spanning the entire space. Since the debut of Bombardier’s ultra-long-range jet in 2022, VistaJet has been revamping its entire fleet to reflect this signature look.
Lufthansa Technik BBJ 777-9
The BBJ-777-9 by Lufthansa Technik blends traditional elements of Middle Eastern culture with modern sophistication, emphasizing multifunctionality. Notably, the VVIP section at the front boasts an expandable private bedroom, office, and gym. Additionally, a spacious office and reception area divide the aircraft, providing an added layer of privacy. The jet’s entrance draws inspiration from six-star hotels, making it an ideal choice for Middle Eastern governments.
BBJ Max 7 | Alexander Craker and Tom Chatfield
Crafted by Alexander Craker and Tom Chatfield, the BBJ Max 7 draws inspiration from the Rolls-Royce Boat Tail cabriolet. Designed with flexibility in mind, it features a dining area with fold-away tables and a luxurious champagne bar. Notably, the bar comes with a retractable glass cover that reveals either a video screen or a tabletop. The cabin’s warm, inviting atmosphere is accentuated by its wood and muted, light-hued palette. Initially a speculative project, it gained a client’s interest and was brought to fruition.
Vision Jet | Xi Design Team
Reflecting the personality of its automotive industry luminary owner, this Vision Jet boldly embraces the color orange, a signature hue for the client. The seats are adorned with orange Nappa leather edges contrasting with steel-gray leather on the back. The orange theme extends to the carbon fiber ceiling, casting intriguing reflections. Throughout the cabin, orange accents on the haptics add a tech-savvy element to the interior.
Cessna Citation Ascend
Set to make its debut in 2025, the Cessna Citation Ascend promises improved performance, a completely redesigned cockpit, and a sleek midsize cabin. The exterior showcases larger windows and a streamlined appearance. Inside, the Ascend offers a new flat floor, providing more legroom, along with upgraded seats for enhanced comfort. The muted color palette exudes a polished corporate aesthetic, featuring details like patterned carpeting and embroidered leather seats. While not as extravagant as some others on this list, the Ascend exemplifies how airframers are introducing subtle luxury touches and smarter design features to enhance the flying experience.
Meet the Shapeshifter, a concept designed to maximize the passenger experience through multifunctional furniture. This innovative concept allows furniture like a credenza to transform into a workstation, while the lounge seamlessly converts into a dining area with the push of a button. After three years of development, the Austrian company behind the Shapeshifter is now seeking an owner interested in incorporating this cutting-edge design into a new aircraft, pending FAA approval.
These private jet cabins exemplify the remarkable fusion of luxury, innovation, and personalization in the world of aviation, offering a glimpse into the future of jet-setting comfort and style.