““When I made the film The Invention of Lying, they gave me a private jet for getting back and forth between New York and London. I thought, ‘I will never use it’ but I ended up using it every weekend. You turn up, right, and the airport is completely empty. I mean, there’s just someone at the desk and then the pilot, who says, ‘Are you ready to go?’ and you say, ‘Don’t you want to see my passport?’ and he goes, ‘Oh yeah, I suppose I’d better.’” ”
Cabin electronics manufacturers
No matter where you are–in a subway under New York, in a remote village in Africa or on a G550 hurtling through thin air at 51,000 feet–you want to be connected. We can’t guarantee anything about the subway or the African village, but staying in touch while on a business jet has never been easier. Email and high-speed Internet are readily available, as are onboard Blu-ray players, hi-def video monitors and WiFi. At least a dozen companies, meanwhile, now produce cabin-management systems, and these are more sophisticated and user-friendly than ever before. They are also designed to interface with components provided by other manufacturers and to accommodate new technology.
That’s important, because such technology seems to appear with astonishing frequency and also because buyers of some large new aircraft may be asked to commit to a cabin design as much as six months before the airplane even rolls into a completion center. And from that point, it will be 12 to 18 months before the aircraft is delivered.
Here, you’ll find contact information for nearly 50 cabin-electronics manufacturers, with specialties ranging from satellite service to monitors to sound systems. Their expertise and equipment can transform your aircraft into a flying office or home theater–or, better yet, both.
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