If purchasing a private jumbo-jet isn’t a financial issue, chances are good one has the funds to do some serious personalizing of an aircraft. From gourmet kitchens to master-bedrooms to cinemas, to glass flooring, the sky’s the limit (no pun intended) when it comes to options that will make the aircraft’s owner feel like a kid at Christmas-time – feeling, as if, he or she is getting everything that was asked for!
Aircraft conversion has everything to do with customization that duplicates the comforts of home. Customers can choose every element of their personalized jet – from the exact pieces of wood to the accessories that are incorporated into the design. Here are three ways the mega-wealthy add glamour and bling to their aeronautical toys.
A Private Bedroom Suite
First-Class is a nice way to travel on a commercial airliner; and the fully-reclining seats can make for a substantially-comfortable bed. But how about putting a real bed in a real bedroom? Master-bedrooms are considered the ‘cream of the crop’ when it comes to the most-desired customizations on private planes. And cream-of-the-crop is exactly what you get when you opt for part of your air-toy to accommodate a fully-enclosed bedroom with an incredibly comfy mattress, down pillows, and a luscious bedspread made from only the finest of fabrics. Not only that, but if you want to spend some extra cash – a lot of extra cash – you will, no doubt, want to include a full-sized bathroom with a walk-in shower and hot tub! To enhance the bedroom’s serenity and ambiance, adding a vertical salt-water fish aquarium, flush with the wall, would add the finishing touch!
A VIP Lounge
Nothing says ‘I love my work’ like a posh lounge that can act as an entertainment niche as well as a corporate office, while 45,000 feet above the earth. As you walk through the main entrance, imagine taking a whiff the fine leather that stretches over the couches, ottomans and over-stuffed chairs. Light-weight wood-flooring, soft-lighting (or colored lighting), sumptuous hand-woven carpets, chandeliers, and architectural pieces would add a ‘WOW’ factor that cannot be denied.
To keep the lounge/office area spacious, no middle walls exist in many private aircraft, with the partitioning accomplished, via, color. Color separates the lounge into various areas such as subtle work-spaces or fun seating. It is, here, where you would find ingeniously-functional architecture which allows for the transformation of coffee tables into much larger spaces for formal or informal dining – where gourmet meals that qualify as ‘5-Star’, begin at breakfast time.
A Gourmet Kitchen
Customized gourmet kitchens on-board private planes serve two purposes: to add unusual beauty and create gourmet meals to wile away the long hours of a flight. These beautiful spaces are, indeed, functional and, commonly, include convection and microwave ovens, a refrigerator, wine cooler, trash compactor, sink, coffee maker and even a dishwasher!
These kitchens don’t dish out just any old meals – from those exquisite spaces one will receive in-flight
meals that include champagne, caviar and elegant preparations, via, world-class chefs whose on-board culinary skills are coveted and highly-valued.
Gourmet kitchens are stocked with the likes of Fiji Water and San Pelligrino, sodas, Ketel One Vodka and Bombay Sapphire Gin with menus that can include more than 100 different selections from around the world. The plane’s owner, along with a slew of family and friends, might be headed to Mexico, in which case, lunch could include a taco bar along with a variety of margaritas and Mexican beers. Eating, while flying privately, means ‘perks-plus’ to the ‘Nth-Degree’.
Ultra-luxurious private-craft interiors are mesmerizing for anyone who ever has a chance to taste opulent detailing, up close. The Boeing Business Jet, which is a converted 747, or an Airbus AC give new meaning to the catch-phrase, “Pimp My Ride”. Boeing and Airbus offer specialized departments that totally cater to converting their respective aircraft into highly-customized private jets, where a plethora of options await, for high-end clientele. It is, here, where money moguls will drop several million, or tens of millions, to have their fantasies come to life where personalization is the name of the game – it’s all about ‘life-style in flight’.