They say that money can’t buy happiness. I would say that while money can’t buy happiness, it can certainly buy you a private jet that you can use to fly around the world in absolute luxury, and that is as close to happiness as you can get. Private jets are emblematic of a lifestyle that is enjoyed by a lucky few. Aesthetically, private aircrafts are designed with perfection as the bare minimum. The orientation of the entire structure needs to be perfect; no screw can be loose. Physics itself dictates that the shape of an aircraft must be perfect in order to deflect wind resistance in the right way. In many ways, it is a balancing act being performed at 41000 feet. This is just the outside. When you get inside of a private jet, everything’s turned up a notch.
This kind of craftsmanship not only doesn’t come cheap but also deserves the same appreciation that we might be inclined to bestow upon a contemporary art piece. In the world of private jets, money is no object, the number stretches far into the hundreds of millions for the best of the best. Monarchs and billionaire businessmen all over the world get their jets tailor-made to the minutest of specifications. Passenger jets that can transport over a hundred people are turned into flying palaces for the top 1% of the top 1%. In the olden days, artists were supported by extremely rich patrons who would award them riches based on the quality of their art. Today, in the same way, aircraft design is as close to contemporary art as it gets. The aesthetics of the steel bird that tears through the skies are almost second nature to humans. We gravitate towards aircrafts, especially ones that are representative of fabulous displays of wealth simply because they are a tool for the exercising of power and influence. This is exactly why we have gone through the most insane of private jet interiors and picked out five of the best for you.
Embraer Legacy 500
Despite being the smallest of the 5 jets on this list, the Embraer Legacy 500 is no joke at a price of $20 million. The interior is absolutely gorgeous. With a rich leather and custom wood veneer, the Legacy 500 design language is one filled with a rather mature sense of class. Even the floor you walk upon is lined with fine carpets and is itself made of shimmering stonework. The stonework especially gives the jet a more grounded feel. You can almost imagine that you are in some ancient Greek temple and not travelling at an altitude of 41000 and a speed of several hundred miles per hour. For just a midsize jet, the Legacy 500 has an extremely roomy cabin as well.
The Gulfstream name is perhaps the most respected in the private aircraft industry. Even the mention of the syllables of it oozes class and luxury. The Gulfstream name obviously does not come cheap with a price tag of $40 million. It’s a long-range jet with 3 cabin zones as well. For customers who are very specific about seating, the G500 has a custom seating. The bespoke cabins are a great touch. Something that really drills in the idea that your jet is unique in its very sensibilities. With high-speed internet that is many times faster than any of the competitors, the G500 is an aircraft for the future. The Gulfstream G500 is the perfect marriage between the engineer and the artist. It’s ruthless mechanic perfection is always complemented by its artistic magnificence.
Another Gulfstream name on the list (not really a surprise). The G650ER is in more ways than one, the big brother of the Gulfstream G500. This is also reflected in the massive price tag difference between the two jets, with the G650ER costing in excess of $60 million. A range of 7500 miles mean that it can travel across the Pacific Ocean without much fuss, all while delivering you a luxury experience that is hard to express in words. The aircraft comes with all the stylish wood veneers, stonework, and rich leather that you can possibly ask for. Perhaps what’s even cooler is the fact that the entire cabin can be controlled using a smartphone app. The Gulfstream cabin management system (GCMS) mobile app can be used to control the temperature of the cabin, shades, devices and lights. In short, this app allows you maximum control over the workings of your cabin without ever leaving the comfort of your seat.
Bombardier Global 7000
With a brand name as cool as Bombardier, you would be right to expect an interior that would truly blow you away. It does justice to the name Global 7000 as well since this aircraft is truly global. Having a range of over 8500 miles means that the Global 7000 would be a good contender for an aircraft themed ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’ remake. The cabin is custom configured and has a dining table setting as well with a multimedia theater to boot. Considering that the jet has enough range to go from New York to Sydney without breaking a sweat, a bedroom setting is also available. Imagine sleeping in your jet while it transports you from one corner of the world to another. This incredible versatility and range does not come cheap, with a price tag of over $70 million. You can establish puppet regimes in smaller African countries for that kind of money!
Embraer Lineage 1000E
The second Embraer on the list, this is based on the Embraer E190 regional airliner. With a price tag of $53 million, this jet can be configured with a walk-in shower and a master bedroom. For people who truly want their aircraft to stand out from the crowd, there is another option. Embraer’s design chief Jay Beever offers some truly innovative and out of the box concept interiors. The Kyoto Airship is one great example of that. My own personal favorite is Hollywood Airship interior. The classic interior theme conveys the aesthetic of the golden age of Hollywood with expertise. Its production run started in 2006 and is still going strong in 2022.
In this list, we have explored a plethora of jets in particular price brackets and put them in a nice little list. In the $20 million to $30 million price range, there is no aircraft interior better than the Embraer Legacy 500. For people looking to splash upwards of $70 million, the Bombardier Global 7000 has a simply insane interior. No matter what you buy, this list is more than anything a showcase of how far craftsmanship has gone in the 21st century. You can sleep in a comfortable bed flying at 500 miles an hour with the same stability as someone sleeping in a bed in a house. Happy Flying!