Most mortal men are content to score an extra bag of peanuts or a free nip of Jack from the flight attendant. In stark contrast, the world of private charter jets is one of unimaginable luxury. Now, one of the biggest players in the executive travel game, Embraer, is taking things much, much further.
To propel it’s already over-the-top, flagship Lineage 1000E line to the next level, Embraer has unveiled two new opulent customization packages. The Manhattan Airship boasts a stunning, museum-worthy design inspired by the glitz and sophistication of the golden age of travel. The Art Deco scene is evident in the rich mahogany paneling covering nearly every square inch of the floor, furniture, and walls, a bespoke metal relief of the Manhattan skyline greeting guests in the entryway, and sleek LED mood lighting that provides a distinct touch of modernity. The cabin layout is divided into five separate zones. The first three are intended to promote socialization and include a Cloud Club — a stunning lounge with Chrysler Building-inspired decor, an intimate bar with retractable bar stools, vintage Art Deco sconces, and a fur-lined divan. At the rear of the plane lies the Crystal Room — a beautiful private dining space with seating for six.
Buyers can also opt for the Tinseltown-inspired Hollywood Airship package which pulls from black-and-white film. The design is distinctly brighter with marble and chrome touches, leather wall reliefs, and decorative accents depicting L.A.’s Sunset Tower, Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose flying boat, and classic 1930s cars. Oversized, stylized windows offer sweeping (by airplane standards) views and ensure the cabins are awash in natural light.
In the world of executive jets, competition is fierce to provide customers with the ultimate charter experience. Jay Beever, Embraer’s Vice President of Interior Design, says, “We want to give people a reason to get dressed up to get on a plane.” Beever worked closely with innovative designer Eddie Sotto — a former Disney Imagineer and collaborator on the company’s visionary Skyacht One jet concept. With this latest project, his singular goal was to answer the question, “How would we make Gatsby great again?”
The two “stock” packages are meant only as inspiration, however. Every aspect — including the colors, patterns, artwork, and fit and finish — is completely customizable. With a starting price north of $80 million, they damn well better be.