Airbus just revealed the ideal private jet home in the sky — for anyone who has $87 million or so to spare.
The new Infinito cabin for the ACJ319neo, unveiled at the European Business Aviation Convention in Switzerland, is designed through a collaboration with luxury race vehicle craftsmen Pagani, and combines high-speed Italian design with all the comforts you'd expect to find in a VIP jet.
“In bringing together the best of the supercar and business jet worlds, we enable an elegant and seamless link for customers of both, while bringing a fresh approach to cabin design and satisfying very demanding standards,” said Benoit Defforge, managing director at Airbus Corporate Jets.
The Infinito combines natural and mechanical elements, adhering to the design philosophy of Leonardo da Vinci, the manufacturers say. The cabin's décor echoes Pagani hypercars, with soft-leather carpets and a wooden floor contrasted with man-made carbon fiber shells of furnishings and wall-frames.
There are soft curves in place of hard corners, including in the pathway between cabin sections, shell-shaped valances and curved walls between zones. Transparent glass walls can be turned opaque at the touch of a button. The ceiling of the ACJ319neo aircraft can project a live view of the skies above — or any images the owner prefers.
“Art and Science can walk together hand in hand: this is the Pagani philosophy,” said Horacio Pagani, founder and chief designer of Pagani Automobili S.p.A.. “The combination of state-of-the-art composite materials never used before in an aircraft, such as CarboTitanium, with the typical design language of Pagani Automobili, has always represented our signature. Applying our Reinassance touch into the wider spaces of Airbus corporate jet cabins is the beginning of an exciting new venture for us.”
Though prices for the Infinito cabin and any VIP cabin vary based on elements selected, retail for a fully-kitted ACJ319 plane, with VIP cabin fittings, starts around $87 million.
Airbus isn't the only company blending transport elements of a luxury lifestyle. Lufthansa Technik, which also specialises on designs of VIP cabins, worked with Mercedes Benz to develop a VIP Business Jet concept for 16 passengers, which first debuted at the Monaco Yacht Show in 2016.
That design features a welcome entrance, a galley fully outfitted for chefs onboard, and a rest area, as well as a VIP lavatory. The aft part of the cabin includes an entertainment zone combined with en-suite private bedroom. The open design of en-suite includes a free standing shower with transparent side walls and a curved king size bed with upholstered head wall.