The experience of flying has become so routine that it is at risk of losing its romance and excitement—even when traveling in a private jet. But aircraft-design teams are working to elevate our time aloft, employing the latest technical innovations along with soaring imaginations to create spaces for comfort, rest, and productivity—plus a little magic.

Hollywood Airship

Embraer Executive Jets’ in-house design team traveled back to the golden age of 1930s Hollywood to find inspiration for this interior for its Lineage 1000E ultra-large private jet. The aircraft, based on the E190 airliner, features a five-zone cabin that stretches 84 feet—plenty of space for a variety of functions, beginning with an elegant entryway. Guests are greeted with a 3-D-sculpted leather frieze filled with images that evoke the era: Howard Hughes’s Spruce Goose flying boat, the Sunset Tower, and classic cars.

The Best Over-the-Top Aircraft Interiors

The entrance leads guests to the Cloud Club Art Deco bar, where golden barstools and tufted silver divans add to the sense of classic luxury. Marble tones and aluminum trim reflect the glamour and style of the silver screen, while extra-large windows create a sense of space.

The VIP Crystal Room offers formal dining for six, and a master suite provides private sleeping accommodations and a shower large enough for two to share. Sleeping is often a necessity during long trips aboard the Lineage 1000E, which has a range of 5,300 miles.

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Crystal AirCruises

The unique Crystal Skye Boeing 777, owned by Crystal AirCruises. Its custom interior by Greenpoint Technologies of Kirkland, Wash., accommodates as many as 88 travelers. Stone veneer and marble accents throughout the aircraft create an aura of elegance and luxury.

A 24-seat lounge area with a stand-up bar encourages guests to mingle, and two galleys plus an onboard wine cellar ensure a plentiful flow of food and drink. The 88 bespoke leather seats convert to lie-flat beds. Designed to maximize personal space, each seat is equipped with a privacy surround, a 24-inch flatscreen monitor, Wi-Fi connectivity, noise-canceling Bose headphones, and plenty of power ports.

Elegante, by DesignQ

Comfort, luxury, and creativity were the watchwords for this concept by DesignQ, a boutique studio based in England. The Elegante interior was designed for the British company BAE Systems, which builds and modifies regional business jets.

Its design combines rich materials and fluid shapes with advanced technologies, with the aim of creating an atmosphere of harmony and grace. The layout includes a large galley, a lounge, and a spacious dining area that seats as many as eight passengers for relaxed meals during long flights. Leather-upholstered couches line the cabin walls, and built-in bookshelves add to the home-like ambiance. Roomy swiveling armchairs provide a place to read, work, or socialize. The Elegante’s sleeping area comes with a huge private bathroom and shower.

Safari Plane by DesignQ 

This concept airplane from DesignQ to may look over-the-top, but everything about it is purely practical and doable. It is based on the Avro Business Jet, which is a made-over BAE146 regional jet.

The outdoor deck is an imaginative repurposing of the original cargo door and is designed to be deployed or stowed with the push of a button. Beyond the open-air deck, the ABJ features a barbecue station, a fully equipped office space, a marble-floored entryway, a spacious lounge, private sleeping accommodations, and crew quarters.

The high wings and engines make it practical to fly the ABJ from rough backcountry airstrips, where jet exhaust can kick up dirt or debris.

Airbus With Curves

Curves are key in this Melody cabin concept from the in-house Airbus Design Studio. Flowing shapes evoke feelings of serenity, relaxation, and comfort. A broad winding pathway leads passengers from one end of the cabin to the other, starting with a full galley near the entryway.

A master lounge area provides space for private conversations, dining for six, or seats at a bar for socializing. A curved sofa offers a viewing space for a large-screen TV.

The master suite features a roomy shower and a massive king-size bed, plus a sofa. The cabin is designed for the ACJ320neo, which carries as many as 25 passengers for flights as long as 7,767 miles at speeds of up to 630 mph.

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