“When you get into the larger aircraft it becomes like a hotel, with dozens of staff supporting the plane based in a galley area down below. You have very comprehensive cooking facilities, and on larger aircraft we have looked at theatres, with spiral staircases and a Steinway grand piano. The limitations for what you can put inside a plane are pretty much the limits of physics, and even money cannot always overcome that. Even so, people are still always trying to push [the limits]. ”
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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