Benefits of Owning a Private Jet Can Push Your Business to New Limits

December 09, 2021 | Written by: Camber Media Team

Purchasing a private jet might just give your business the boost it needs. It may sound like a huge endeavor, but have you ever really considered the benefits of owning a business aircraft? For many companies private jets are not a luxury item, but rather an essential tool used to increase business efficiency. A business aircraft gives you more control over your schedule, enables your team to be more productive with their time, and provides enhanced security while traveling.

Manage Your Time Efficiently  

Passengers traveling commercially, on average, spend at least  90 minutes waiting at an airport for domestic flights and up to three hours for international flights. Travelling by private aircraft eliminates almost all of the time spent waiting for a flight. Private jet passengers can arrive at the terminal 15 minutes before departure and still have time to complete travel procedures like immigration, customs, and boarding.  Some, however, like to arrive a little earlier to enjoy  fresh coffee, a snack and a conversation before boarding. 

Business jets also allow your management team to maximize their productivity while onboard. Team members can use the high-performance internet offered to complete any work they may have. For companies who consider time as valuable as money, this is one of the biggest benefits of owning a private jet.

Private travel provides the freedom to fly anywhere according to your own schedule. This is ideal for passengers who are always on the go or for those who often need to travel at short notice. Private aircraft can be arranged within a few hours and passengers can reschedule their flights as needed. With travel policies constantly changing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this flexibility is more valuable than ever.

Considerable Increase in Operational Productivity 

Each company has their own explanation for deciding to embrace of private aviation. However, almost all businesses cite increased operational efficiency as one of the main benefits of owning a private jet. These aircraft not only allow companies to fly on their own schedule, but also provide access to significantly more airports (many of which are not served by commercial airlines), ensuring  that you and your team members can land at the airport closest to your destination.

If your team is constantly organizing meetings in different cities across the country, then a private jet can provide incredible cost-saving advantages. While a trip between several cities using commercial airlines could easily take a week, with a business aircraft, you can reach multiple destinations in a single day. Instead of paying for hotels and meals, all of your meetings can happen in one day and the entire team can be back home in time for dinner.

A private jet can also be used to safely transport tools and materials. The flexibility that these aircraft offer allows critical items – including specialists to perform repairs – to be moved to where they are needed fast and efficiently, saving time, money and headaches.   This enables your team to move quickly and solve urgent problems with the tools they need.

Working productively on a commercial flight is almost impossible. Even sending an email can be difficult with poor internet connection, distractions all around you, and absolutely no privacy.

Private aviation is just that…private. The only people on board are the ones who have been invited. This provides a quiet environment for your team to go over important details for an upcoming meeting, discuss company strategies, and actually complete meaningful work while in the air. 

The privacy of a business aircraft also helps passengers better relax while onboard. You can choose to sit wherever you would like, move freely around the cabin, and comfortable beds can be arranged for overnight flights. Entertainment systems will vary depending on the aircraft, but most provide a way for travelers to listen to music, watch movies, and enjoy satellite TV. 

Top Class Security for Your Top Management Team

One of the most important reasons so many companies prefer traveling by private jet is the added security. Business aircraft allow employees to have meetings and work on important material in a secure environment. Employees can openly discuss proprietary information without the fear of eavesdropping. Passengers who feel they are easily recognizable also appreciate the security of private jets, where they can travel in peace without interruptions. (In some cases, high-profile passengers choose to travel privately to avoid threats on their physical safety.)

Private jet charters provide more security and privacy than all other forms of travel. This level of security is important for key business deals, mergers/acquisitions, recruitment of top talent, and other highly sensitive business meetings.

Over time, a private jet can actually end up helping to drive sales and profit growth. Reports  have shown that S&P 500 companies who use private aviation will outperform those who don’t by 70% and beat non-users in revenue growth by 23%. A private jet might be the one thing you still need to drive your business even farther forward. 

Our team of private aviation experts are always available to help you identify the optimum aircraft for your business needs. 

Is Your Private Jet Ready to Impress New Flyers?

 November 02, 2021 Written by: Camber Media Team

Throughout history, humans have always been drawn to items that provide a sense of luxury. The definition of luxury, like many other styles, has evolved and changed over the years. Often the great challenges of an era influence what is considered to be “luxurious”, and there is a transformational shift happening right now. Private jets are currently seeing a dramatic increase in a new type of passenger – young digital entrepreneurs and a new generation of tech savvy travelers. Their perception of luxury will greatly impact the future of the private jet industry. Now, the real question is – how can jet owners today prepare for the luxury trends of tomorrow?

First Impressions Last Forever

This is both an exciting and nerve-wracking time for many jet charter companies. Travelers have high expectations when traveling privately. While still recovering from the effects of the global pandemic, jet charter operators must continue to live up to the prestigious and luxurious image of private jets. You can imagine the disappointment if a passenger traveling privately for the first time doesn’t receive the expected amenities or service.

Innovative design features and extra comfort onboard should impress guests immediately and make their private jet experience unforgettable. Nothing demonstrates luxury quite like careful interior design and modern jet furniture. Even small jets can offer comfort to their passengers through designated cabin zones and custom-designed smart furniture, which provide plenty of legroom and functional space.

Many jet owners will need to consider reconfiguration of their jet cabin design and layout. Traditional bulkheads, walls and ceilings simply do not meet the expectations of the modern day passenger. In addition, the latest cabin trends often include innovative seating and other fresh furniture designs. You can even specify anti-gravitational recliner chairs (which recline and rotate in a way that makes you feel almost weightless). Many cabin designs also include sleek sofas, king-size beds, and custom furniture with unique features. In terms of luxury design, private jets offer unlimited possibilities.

Bed, Bath and Far Beyond

For many passengers, a luxurious flight is one where they feel at home the entire journey. With a full-sized bath, a separate bedroom and dedicated private office, private jets can provide a truly at-home atmosphere. In these well-appointed private aircraft, passengers can take a shower in flight and be refreshed when they arrive at any destination. For frequent flyers, the simple convenience of an in-flight shower and a relaxing steam bath is the definition of luxury.

Larger private aircraft have the space to install separate bedrooms large enough to accommodate a king-sized bed for guaranteed relaxation. However, designers have imagined many other simple and inventive sleeping solutions. For example, special single-seats are designed for sleeping one passenger, but when you combine two seats together, it creates a large flat surface that can be topped with a soft futon. Another popular option is a divan which expands into a very nice sleeping surface.

A business jet, as the name suggests, is a place where passengers can conduct their business. Therefore, if a jet must have one thing that works perfectly, it should be a strong communication system. Regardless of your age or profession, communication is a vital part of life. Private jets without fast and reliable cabin communications are not aircraft that can fulfill the needs of the aircraft owners or passengers. Fortunately, there is a wide array of choices for new technology, services, and providers that can ensure your cabin has outstanding communication systems.

Food Makes All the Difference

While often overlooked, the galley is a key factor in ensuring flying privately is an outstanding experience. Whether you are traveling for a short or long distance, your aircraft should feel like an extension of your home and office. With the right galley and chef, your jet might also start to feel like an extension of your kitchen!

When it comes to beverages, there are many options. You can have the coffee of your choice with an onboard espresso maker that would give the espressos at your favorite cafe a run for their money. For the wine connoisseurs, private jets can have a wine refrigerator installed onboard which will make sure champagne, whites and reds are served at their optimum temperatures.

High-Class Service

Many passengers judge their travel experience based on their interaction with the cabin crew. A warm welcome from the pilot and an experienced flight attendant who takes the time to call passengers by their name can go a long way. With the right preparation, the cabin crew will understand your preferences before you step onboard, welcoming you on board with your favorite drink, a selection of your favorite magazines and a memorable meal. Great cabin crew is essential to a great travel experience.

Jet Entertainment Value

When it comes to today’s onboard entertainment systems, the sky is really the limit. You can re-create incredible movie theatre experiences during your flight. Exceptional Dolby™ surround sound combined with large format 4K monitors can now be seamlessly integrated into your cabin. When you don’t want to disturb your fellow passengers, wireless Bluetooth headphones can be the solution. The new generation of music and video on demand services are often installed to ensure all of your favorite content is available on large screens or streamed directly to your device. Video game consoles can also be brought onboard so passengers can immerse themselves in their favorite game while in the sky.

Luxury is always in the eye of the beholder. However, private jets have the impossible task of fulfilling all of the expectations new passengers have, in order to keep them using this service into the future. Travelers transitioning from commercial airlines to private travel are expecting a true flying experience like never before.

If you have an outdated but capable jet, it is imperative to update it now with modern features. Camber Aviation Management’s experts work with diverse owners and passengers on a daily basis to better understand their needs. Using our insights, we can guide you in transforming your jet into a luxury statement that will impress both seasoned travelers and first-time private jet passengers.

Camber Aviation Management win the Best Private Jet Design/Concept

9 September 2021 – Camber Aviation Management

The A220 Corporate Cabin Concept Takes the Award for “Best Private Jet Design/Concept”

Camber Aviation Management, a leading global provider of corporate jet cabin completion management and technical advisory services, together with its partners Pierrejean Vision and Kestrel Aviation Management have won the award for the best Private Jet Design – Concept at The International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2021 by leading interior design magazine design et al. After months of deliberation and voting, our A220 Corporate Cabin Concept won the award, crowning a successful partnership that has invested over 18 months of detailed design work on this project.

Camber Aviation Management, a leading global provider of corporate jet cabin completion management and technical advisory services, together with its partners Pierrejean Vision and Kestrel Aviation Management have won the award for the best Private Jet Design – Concept at The International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2021 by leading interior design magazine design et al. After months of deliberation and voting, our A220 Corporate Cabin Concept won the award, crowning a successful partnership that has invested over 18 months of detailed design work on this project.

A220 Corporate Cabin Concept: The Bombardier C Series (now Airbus A220) was chosen as the conversion platform because it met four important standards:

  1. a modern, state-of-the-art technology comparable to its competitors,
  2. cabin volume equivalent to the Airbus A319Neo or Boeing BBJ Max7,
  3. exceptional take-off performance from hot, high, and short runways, and
  4. the ability to adapt the passenger cabin into a corporate aircraft layout

There were many objectives for the A220 Corporate Cabin Concept category. The focus was on a unique seven-zone modular cabin. Each cabin was composed of three fixed zones (entrance/galley, lavatory/wardrobe and private suite with ensuite washroom) and four variable zones.

The design had to be innovative, clearly differentiate itself from competitors, include state-of-the-art systems/materials, and provide options for cabin aesthetic customisation. The teams were tasked with reducing the overall elapsed time of cabin modification, while also reducing the weight of the cabin by at least 30% compared to legacy designs. Teams also worked hard to reduce product support costs post EIS, achieve greater reliability through utilisation of common parts, and solidify a well thought-out, production‐ready modular design.

The modular cabin concept was originally developed to simplify cabin design and lower production/NRE costs over a large number of aircraft. This is crucial in reducing manufacturing, integration and certification costs.

These aspects are all essential in achieving the right price point in the market while providing a bespoke and highly capable aircraft.  Critically, the customer gains the ability to customise the cabin to suit their unique requirements to reflect the true purpose of the aircraft whether for private, government or business use, or a bespoke solution for any of these.

At the award ceremony in Venice, Thomas Chatfield, CEO of Camber Aviation, accepted the award on behalf of all of the partners. During his speech, he said: “Business, as in life, is only truly successful when we have great partners. Camber Aviation Management was fortunate to work together with our amazing partners, Pierrejean Vision, Kestrel Aviation Management, F/List and Flying Colours. Together we created a cabin design that clearly caught the eyes of many. Thank you for recognising our hard work and vision.”

Once again, we would like to take this opportunity to express our immense gratitude to all of our business partners, colleagues, clients and all of our voters on their continuous support to our work. Thank you all for being a part of our success!

A220 Corporate Cabin Concept Takes the Award for “Best Private Jet Design/Concept” at the International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2021

31 August 2021

British Columbia, Canada: Camber Aviation Management, a leading global provider of corporate jet cabin completion management and technical advisory services, together with its partners Pierrejean Vision and Kestrel Aviation Management have won the award for the best Private Jet Design/Concept at The International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2021 by leading interior design magazine design et al. After months of deliberation and voting, A220 Corporate Cabin Concept won the award, crowning a successful partnership that has invested over 18 months of detailed design work on this project.

At the award ceremony in Venice, Thomas Chatfield, CEO of Camber Aviation, accepted the award on behalf of all of the partners. During his speech, he said: “Business, as in life, is only truly successful when we have great partners. Camber Aviation Management was fortunate to work together with our amazing partners, Pierrejean Vision, Kestrel Aviation Management, F/List and Flying Colours. Together we created a cabin design that clearly caught the eyes of many. Thank you for recognising our hard work and vision.”

About the A220 Corporate Cabin Concept: The Bombardier C Series (now Airbus A220) was chosen as the conversion platform because it met four important standards:

  • a modern, state-of-the-art technology comparable to its competitors,
  • cabin volume equivalent to the Airbus A319Neo or Boeing BBJ Max7,
  • exceptional take-off performance from hot, high, and short runways, and
  • he ability to adapt the passenger cabin into a corporate aircraft layout

There were many objectives for the A220 Corporate Cabin Concept category. The focus was on a unique seven-zone modular cabin. Each cabin was composed of three fixed zones (entrance/galley, lavatory/wardrobe and private suite with ensuite washroom) and four variable zones.

The design had to be innovative, clearly differentiate itself from competitors, include state-of-the-art systems/materials, and provide options for cabin aesthetic customisation. The teams were tasked with reducing the overall elapsed time of cabin modification, while also reducing the weight of the cabin by at least 30% compared to legacy designs. Teams also worked hard to reduce product support costs post EIS, achieve greater reliability through utilisation of common parts, and solidify a well-thought-out production‐ready modular design.

The modular cabin concept was originally developed to simplify cabin designs and lower production/NRE costs over a large number of aircraft. This is crucial in reducing manufacturing, integration, and certification costs.

These aspects are all essential in achieving the right price point in the market while providing a bespoke and highly capable aircraft.  Critically, the customer gains the ability to customise the cabin to suit their unique requirements to reflect the true purpose of the aircraft whether for private, government or business use, or a bespoke solution for any of these.

About Camber Aviation Management:

Camber Aviation Management is a leader in creating custom-designed, unique world-class corporate and private aircraft. We deliver exceptional quality, style and service to our exclusive clientele. Each member of our team has been involved with corporate aircraft for a minimum of fifteen years and is a licenced aircraft maintenance engineer and/or holds an advanced aviation degree. Together, we have over 135 years of aviation experience that we apply to turn our client’s vision into their own corporate jet.

About the Award: Hosted by leading interior design magazine design et al and leading yacht and aviation design magazine Luxe et al, The International Yacht & Aviation Awards reward the best in design from across the globe. The International Yacht & Aviation Awards are now in their 11th year and established as a key event in the calendar. More than that however, they are the only design-focused awards for the industry. There are other events which are, of course, similar in nature, but none that have come about with the sole intention of focusing on the essential design elements of both the yacht and aviation sectors.

camberaviation.com | thedesignawards.co.uk

Revive Design Awards’ challenges professional designers and students to reimagine luxury jet interiors

Camber Aviation and Boeing Business Jets launch competition to create new concepts in luxury aircraft interiors; winners to be announced at Dubai Design Week

British Columbia, Canada – 25 August 2021: Camber Aviation Management, a leading global provider of corporate jet cabin completion management and advisory services, in cooperation with Boeing Business Jets (BBJ) has announced the date for the grand finale of their first ever luxury aircraft interior awards, highlighting state-of-the-art design and functionality to the world’s finest pre-owned private jets.

The Revive Design Awards will spark new interest, revealing what is possible when fresh ideas and energy are brought to private jet cabin design. Innovative designer solutions will challenge the very concept of what is “NEW and FRESH”. This competition is a unique opportunity to gather experienced and up-and coming designers to express their ideas and creativity on a truly inspiring project. Camber Aviation Management and Boeing Business Jets will host the Revive Design Awards gala in Dubai on 13 November, the final day of the Dubai Design Week. The awards will provide an inspiring event to help kickoff private aviation’s participation in the next day’s Dubai Air Show.

Camber Aviation Management and BBJ have teamed up with the most promising professional designers and design schools in the world for a unique challenge: to take a previous generation interior and revive it into a stunning new private jet cabin worthy of the most selective private jet owners. Each design concept will be presented live, for the first time, to the invited guests in Dubai and to the audience watching on social media around the world. A jury composed of respected experts from the industry will select the best design in two categories; one from professional designers, and one from design schools. The audience, both “live” and through social media will select their favourites – as will the experienced panel of judges. The winner for “Best cabin design” for each of the two categories will be awarded at the gala event in Dubai. This award aspires to become an annual event relevant both for the business aviation industry and contemporary industrial design.

Following this announcement, Camber’s CEO, Tom Chatfield, stated: “We are incredibly excited to partner with BBJ to present the first annual Revive Design Awards. This will be one of the first major aviation events in almost two years. We are gathering competitors, jury members, organisers, and guests together at a truly memorable location, to unveil some of what promises to be the most innovative contemporary cabin design solutions seen. This event will excite our industry and give current and future BBJ owners a glimpse into the art of the possible in the world’s most exclusive business jet. This award is only the beginning”.

“Boeing Business Jets is delighted to participate in the Revive Awards project,” said Alexis Fecteau, the Global Director of Marketing at Boeing Business Jets and Director of Sales for Boeing’s largest region centered in the Middle East. “At BBJ, we constantly seek to support the new ideas and new talent that keep our business aviation industry at the forefront of innovation. With the Revive initiative, design students and up-and-coming designers can bring these new “out-of-the-box” ideas to life and share a fresh vision of what the most advanced interior business jet environments should look like for 2021 and beyond.”

About Camber Aviation Management:

Camber Aviation Management is a leader in creating custom-designed, unique world-class corporate and private aircraft. We deliver exceptional quality, style, and service to our exclusive clientele. Each member of our team has been involved with corporate aircraft for a minimum of fifteen years and is a licensed aircraft maintenance engineer and/or holds an advanced aviation degree. Together, we have over 135 years of aviation experience that we apply to turn our client’s vision into their own corporate jet.

About Boeing Business Jets:

Boeing Business Jets builds the finest business jets ever made. Preferred by more heads of state than any other jet, BBJ’s are truly a step above any other. By bringing the best of commercial aviation to the realm of private air travel, Boeing Business Jets provides a range of airplanes that span the globe, many of which can fly between any two destinations, nonstop, anywhere. Each private jet is built, then uniquely customized for each individual private VIP, business, or government client, with careful attention to the smallest details. Based upon our robust commercial-based platforms, our jets provide the most luxurious, personalized, reliable, and cost-effective jets available, truly a smart business decision. Backed by Boeing’s worldwide flight and maintenance support network, we also ensure our exclusive flyers travel where they want, when they want, in unparalleled comfort and style.

Fantastic Espresso on the Plane!? Yes, Please!

January 23, 2021 Written by: Camber Media Team

Here is the ugly truth – airlines serve really awful coffee. You know it, we know it and everyone knows it. The bad reputation has been out there for a long time. And while airline coffee can be disappointing or tolerable at best, espresso is another thing. Remember that “taste” of a truly great espresso? Of course, you do. But, how about a phenomenal “straight from Italy” espresso served at 35,000 feet? Is that even possible? 

The Good, the Bad and the Airplane Espresso

A good cup of espresso can take you a long way. It can kick start a day and brew your ideas like no other drink out there. Unfortunately, if you happen to start your day with an airline espresso, you are pushing your daily karma to the test. So, why is airline coffee so bad and a great espresso, even in First Class, so rare? Let’s see. 

The first and base ingredient of any espresso is water. The water in airplanes has almost the same bad rap as the espresso itself. Airplane water systems are not designed to provide the clean, fresh water that good coffees and espresso demand. Water is stored in stainless steel and piped through metal and rubber lines, picking up tastes along the way. Hygiene  regulations are strict, but the water tastes metallic and sometimes like chemicals. A bigger problem lies in the basic physics of boiling water: water boils at 100 degrees Celsius (212 degrees Fahrenheit) at sea level.  The boiling temperature of water actually decreases as you go up in altitude.  The perfect espresso requires 92 degrees Celsius water, which is higher than the boiling point in an airliner cabin and means that the water is often not hot enough to extract all those wonderful espresso flavours. To answer the question, the problem with airline coffee and espresso begins with the quality and temperature of the “almost” boiled water. Pressurized cabins and high altitudes affect brewing dynamics and the result is your regular bland, thin airplane coffee or espresso. 

Setting aside the water issue, the espresso problem has roots in the very nature of standard airlines. Simply put, cost-effectiveness. For example, on long-haul flights, the coffee can sit in warming containers for long periods, dampening even the best coffee experience. Unless you’re sitting in First Class with one of the world’s best airlines, an airline is not there to give you a “one-of-a-kind” flight experience and your coffee or espresso experience will be disappointing. The airline is there to transport you. And there lies the ultimate answer to the espresso airline problem.   

The Italian 35,000 feet Café

Here in Camber Aviation, we have some serious coffee lovers. There’s Stephan with his otherworldly love for Espresso “Doppio”, Tom and Hal with their “Short Black“ and Tina with her Long Macchiato. We have to mention the ultimate espresso fan, Paul, our test pilot with his famous Long Black “Americano”.  Everyone in the team has their coffee favourites, but everyone enjoys their herbal tea mixtures, when the pressure is on and it’s time to be cool. But, it’s pretty easy to understand the passion for a good espresso that surrounds Camber.

We have tried every single option out there to get the great espresso in the corporate jets we are involved with. It was no easy quest. The countless tests, during the past two decades, finally led us to the ultimate espresso experience we now implement on our corporate jet completion projects – the so-called Iacobucci Solution. The only espresso maker that could meet our high standards was created by the Italian company, Iacobucci HF Aerospace, today a well-established brand in commercial aviation. All the Iacobucci HF machines utilize their patented heat exchanger technology instead of traditional water boilers. This innovative technology provides a non-stop brewing cycle allowing consecutive use, without waiting for the water reheating cycle. The result is an exceptional espresso or espresso based Lattes or Cappuccinos, easily matching some of the best you’ve had on the ground.  Together, we craft tailored high quality and reliable solutions that always result in the best possible espresso jet experience, matching the best counterparts from Italian cafes and bars.  

Next time you ask for an espresso on an airplane, look around before you do it. If you are sitting on a private or corporate jet, you are probably in for a treat. Otherwise, you are better off with herbal tea. Tina drinks it all the time and she is just one swell person. 
 

Modular A220 concept

From Camber Aviation Management and Business Jet Interiors- link to story

BY IZZY KINGTON ON 22ND MAY 2020

Stephen Vella of Kestrel Aviation Management and Tom Chatfield of Camber Aviation Management present an A220 corporate cabin concept developed with Pierrejean Vision, F/List and Flying Colours

An alternative is required to ultra-long-range business jets with limited cabin space and airliners characterised by high acquisition costs combined with greater owner risk. In the case of the former, the attractiveness of such incredible range is limited by the requirement to carry additional flight deck crew on such long journeys, which may require use of the passenger cabin. Meanwhile, airliners are sold green, that is, without a cabin installed, requiring the buyer to contract a designer, a completion centre and an experienced project manager to oversee the complex process from aircraft purchase, through design, build, certification and entry into service. The buyer, who rarely has experience in this field, must invest considerable effort while shouldering all of the budget and schedule risk.

Camber Aviation Management, Kestrel Aviation Management and Pierrejean Vision have partnered to create a solution. This team has created and delivered numerous narrow- and wide-body Airbus and Boeing VIP aircraft for private individuals, corporations and heads of state over the past 20 years.

L-R: Tom Chatfield of Camber Aviation Management, Stephen Vella of Kestrel Aviation Management, and Jacques Pierrejean of Pierrejean Vision

Market requirements
The team canvassed the market and identified several key features that a new design would require. These included a spacious cabin capable of seating of 10-32 passengers; modular, configurable layouts to suit different missions; and global, high-speed connectivity with entertainment options that match those enjoyed on the ground. The aircraft would also need to offer a max-payload range covering 90% of the missions operated by current large-cabin aircraft; be supported by exceptional operational and technical product service worldwide; and be at least 20% less expensive to own and operate compared to direct competitors. The team concluded there was only one platform that met the defined criteria – the Bombardier CSeries 300, now the Airbus A220-300.

The A220 met all of the market’s expectations but the differentiator would centre on a unique cabin design and the quality of the finished aircraft. The team partnered with F/List and Flying Colours Corporation to refine the detail design and perform engineering studies. F/List was chosen for its exceptional skills in fabricating VIP jet cabin interiors while Flying Colours was selected for its extensive engineering and cabin integration skills. Together, the team invested over 18 months to refine the detailed design of the A220 cabin and its associated systems.

There are three fixed zones and four flexible ones

Project aims
As well as creating a beautiful, state-of-the-art cabin, it was vital to offer a broad range of aesthetic customisation options, incorporate clever engineering and production strategies to shorten the outfitting cycle, and drastically reduce cabin non-recurring costs through intelligent pre-engineering custom configurations.

The design is centred on a seven-zone modular cabin comprised of three fixed and four variable zones. The forward, mid and aft zones are fitted with common entry and galley, VIP lavatory and closet, and master suite with queen-size bed and en-suite washroom featuring a steam shower, respectively.

A guest lounge

Customisation
The flexible zones enable each buyer to create their own layout. The buyer can, for example, select a spacious lounge that converts to a dining room with a unique convertible table design, a cosy forward cabin, a bespoke media lounge with a 75in screen and tuned Dolby surround sound, an expansive private office or children’s bedroom. True customisation is achieved by applying the client’s preferred colour palette, materials and finishes.

The dining and conference area

Technology
Key equipment includes unique VIP cabin lining and lighting styles to emphasize different cabin zones; seating designed to provide comfortable sleep options; galley inserts including steam and induction ovens, an espresso maker and wine chiller; a dual AVOD IFE system with massive library and wireless streaming to monitors, tablets and personal devices; and global Ku- or Ka-band voice/data satellite communications. The lighting, IFE, window shades and flight attendant call functions can be controlled from passenger tablets.

A private office

The distinctive modular concept was developed to simplify the cabin design process, reduce completion build times, and lower production and non-recurring costs over a number of aircraft. Together, these design goals significantly reduce manufacturing and certification costs – essential in achieving the right price point in the market while providing a bespoke and highly capable aircraft. Importantly, this technology allows the team to design a cabin that combines functionality and aesthetics together with reliability and ease of maintenance, a combination that cannot be easily realized for one-off ‘prototype’ designs in legacy airliners.

The optional media lounge

About the authors: As CEO of Camber Aviation Management, Tom Chatfield leads a team of experts that guide and manage the complex process of transforming an airliner to a corporate jet. Stephen Vella is CEO Kestrel Aviation Management, which has turnkey project managed the purchase, cabin design, outfitting and sale of 50 large corporate aircraft, including the world’s first BBJ787.

Images: ©Camber Aviation Management, Kestrel Aviation Management and Pierrejean Vision 2019.