Friday, May 24, 2013

PHOTO: Has Airbus risen to Boeing's challenge with latest private jet interior?

Bluejay cabin concept for the Airbus ACJ219
Bluejay cabin concept for Airbus ACJ219 [Photo: Airbus]
A number of high-profile announcements have been made at this year’s European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (EBACE) in Switzerland.

From the premiere of Jackie Chan’s Hollywood-style short film to promote the Embraer Legacy 500 private jet (click here to read more and watch the video) to the grand unveiling of Boeing’s BBJ 3 aircraft interiors (click here for photos), the scale has been pretty big.

Of course, Airbus was never going to watch all these announcements in silence. So, what was the European heavyweight’s grand reveal?

Well, Airbus Corporate Jet Centre (ACJC) has been presenting its stunning ACJ319 Bluejay cabin concept. Judge for yourself, I’ve included a photo on this page. P.S. Don’t forget to like my Facebook page to stay updated with the latest aviation photos, videos and stories. Click here to visit!

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Designed by the head of ACJC’s own Creative Design Studio Sylvain Mariat, Airbus states this new cabin configuration maximises use of the space provided by the ACJ319 corporate jet and was inspired by the avant-gardism, shapes and colours of director Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

“The contemporary cabin concept’s keystone is its use of light and space in perspectives that can be modulated via translucent partitions between the forward lounge and dining area,” stated a press release.

“These partitions use the latest generation of switchable glass that is able to change from transparent to translucent and vice versa.”

Here’s six more features of the ACJ319 Bluejay cabin concept:

  • A high-low table that employs special extensions at its extremities to seat five people without adding new seats
  • A decorative light made by the French crystal house Baccarat using fibres of carbon and crystal
  • A special U-shaped galley providing crew with a spacious separate area where they can work with ease
  • A “bright and airy” washroom with large square shower
  • A unique VIP seat inspired by the Charles and Ray Eames-designed Lounge Chair, which has become a classic in the history of modern furniture.
  • A fine hologram display that shows the names of arriving guests in soft blue tones – which has never before been seen on a corporate jet and offers a modern complement to the classical crew welcome.


  1. You could furnish this a/c with FM radio channel; Customers could hear communication between aircrew and tower.

  2. This is a comment that should take serious notice. I have never heard of a company called SkyTheater until now. I was treated to a demo on three aircraft . A 757, a Global and a Gulfstream. All three blew us away as we are about to sign them for our fleet. What's sad is that all these Aircraft manufacturers are stuck in a merry go round of the same in the box results. If they want to get their cabins right, they should look into that company. They were able to absolutely produce an Experience that even impressed this sceptic to an instant must have. Check them out.

  3. The look is modern meets the mid 70's. Not really no new ideals or excitement.

  4. Considering that both aircraft are sold green, customers have the option to go to any of the completion centers. These are concepts and may not necessarily end up at Airbus Completion Center.


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