See inside the the world's largest private jet: a Boeing 747 with an interior so large it took 4 years to design and build

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A Boeing Business Jet 747-8i.

Cabinet Alberto Pinto

  • Cabinet Alberto Pinto is the design firm behind the interior of one of the world's largest private jets, a Boeing Business Jet 747-8i.
  • Owned by a Middle Eastern businessman, this jet is one of the few privately owned 747-8i aircraft, a plane primarily used by airlines, cargo carriers, and national governments.
  • Designing and implementing the interior of the ultra-luxurious jet took the firm four years and features understated luxury throughout. 
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The 747-8i Boeing Business Jet is the world's largest private jet currently in active operation.

The dual-level jumbo jet takes private flying to the next level as a flying palace capable of traversing timezones in the absolute pinnacle of luxury air travel.

Based on Boeing's commercial passenger aircraft, the Boeing Business Jet product line consists of VIP-configured variants of existing aircraft. Each Boeing aircraft currently in production has its own BBJ variant from the smallest Boeing 737 to the largest 747.

While owning any private jet is an indicator of wealth, the 747-8i BBJ is an unmistakable status symbol typically reserved for use by the world's governments and a handful of the highest level of elite. The aircraft has seen success in the Middle East with countries including Qatar, Kuwait, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates using the 747-8i for executive transport for their respective heads of state. 

In the Americas, the US Air Force is currently developing a 747-8i BBJ for use by the President of the United States as a replacement aircraft for the current Air Force One. The Air Force is one of the largest operators of Boeing Business Jets, converting them for use by the military to transport the country's top officials.  

Famed French interior design firm Cabinet Alberto Pinto was tasked with creating the interior of one BBJ 747-8i, purchased for private use by a Middle Eastern businessman. Take a look inside the BBJ 747-8i, the largest aircraft project taken on by the firm. 

The Boeing 747-8i is the largest aircraft designed by Cabinet Alberto Pinto, stretching over 250 feet from nose to tail with two levels and passenger capacity for over 400 in airline configuration.

A Boeing Business Jet Boeing 747-8i.

Cabinet Alberto Pinto

Source: Boeing

Once inside, it's hard to tell that you're on board an airliner and not inside a palatial estate complete with all the trimmings of luxury.

On board a Boeing Business Jet 747-8i.

Cabinet Alberto Pinto

The aircraft's interior is divided into ornate suites, staterooms, lounges, dining rooms, passenger seating areas, and bathrooms, a home away from home for a wealthy road warrior.

On board a Boeing Business Jet 747-8i.

Cabinet Alberto Pinto

The master bedroom is found in the nose of the aircraft, located directly under the cockpit. Situated at the very front of the fuselage, the nose is the most private section of the aircraft and quietest since it's away from the engines.

Inside the master bedroom of a Boeing Business Jet 747-8i.

Cabinet Alberto Pinto

The bedroom features a normal-size bed with the sidewalls lined with counter space with drawers for storage underneath.

Inside the master bedroom of a Boeing Business Jet 747-8i.

Cabinet Alberto Pinto

The nose of the aircraft is often reserved for the first-class cabin with seats 1A and 1B being the most sought after. On this 747, those seats take the form of a two-person loveseat.

Inside the master bedroom of a Boeing Business Jet 747-8i.

Cabinet Alberto Pinto

The suite features minor touches such as personal reading lamps, bedside tables, and walled cupholders for when turbulence hits. Lights throughout the aircraft can also be controlled by small touchscreens embedded in various surfaces.

Inside the master bedroom of a Boeing Business Jet 747-8i.

Cabinet Alberto Pinto

The master bathroom features a walk-in shower as well as a single vanity complete with a full mirror and sink.

A bathroom on board a Boeing Business Jet 747-8i.

Cabinet Alberto Pinto

Ideal for long-haul flights, the shower allows the aircraft's owner to fly across the world and still be able to head straight from the plane to meetings. Very few commercial aircraft feature a shower, with the amenity being a key marketing point for Boeing and Airbus' private jets.

A shower on board a Boeing Business Jet 747-8i.

Cabinet Alberto Pinto

According to designer Yves Pickardt in an interview with Altitudes Magazine, the idea was to give the aircraft a "soft modern style."

On board a Boeing Business Jet 747-8i.

Cabinet Alberto Pinto

Source: Altitudes Magazine

Pickardt was given "carte blanche" by the owner, who wasn't interested in gaudy materials and preferred a simple style more like a family home.

On board a Boeing Business Jet 747-8i.

Cabinet Alberto Pinto

Source: Altitudes Magazine

"[The owner] wasn't looking for anything outrageously luxurious, with gold and diamonds," said Pickardt in the interview. "On the contrary, he called for some simplicity, which in the end is indeed the true luxury."

On board a Boeing Business Jet 747-8i.

Cabinet Alberto Pinto

Source: Altitudes Magazine

The entire process from design to implementation took four years to complete, with the aircraft being serviced at AMAC Aerospace in Basel, Switzerland. Pickardt reports that the project was completed on time and under budget.

A bathroom on board a Boeing Business Jet 747-8i.

Cabinet Alberto Pinto

Source: Galarie Magazine

Moving back in the aircraft, another guest bedroom can be found on the jumbo jet with no shortage of space thanks to its long and wide fuselage designed for airlines to carry as many passengers as possible.

A guest room on board a Boeing Business Jet 747-8i.

Cabinet Alberto Pinto

Even the smaller bedrooms have their own perfectly appointed bathrooms will full vanities.

A bathroom on board a Boeing Business Jet 747-8i.

Cabinet Alberto Pinto

The main foyer of the aircraft divides the master bedroom from the rest of the aircraft and is home to the staircase leading to the upper deck.

The main foyer on board a Boeing Business Jet 747-8i.

Cabinet Alberto Pinto

Inside the 747's iconic hump on this BBJ is a living room complete with bookshelves and a high-definition flatscreen television. Behind the space is a children's play area and crew quarters, with the -8i featuring the largest upper deck of any 747.

The upstairs living room on board a Boeing Business Jet 747-8i.

Cabinet Alberto Pinto

Source: Galarie Magazine

Directly ahead of the lounging space is the business end of the 747, the cockpit.

The cockpit of a Boeing 747-8i.

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Back downstairs, couches also line the sidewalls of the aircraft offering additional seating capacity for extra passengers whether it be support staff, security details, etc.

A couch lining the sidewall on board a Boeing Business Jet 747-8i.

Cabinet Alberto Pinto

Private office spaces and dining areas complemented by recliner leather chairs and entertainment systems can be found in pockets throughout the cavernous aircraft.

A private office space on board a Boeing Business Jet 747-8i.

Cabinet Alberto Pinto

The centerpiece of the jet is the salon on the main floor with three couches, a coffee table, and vaulted ceilings.

BOEING 747-8i BBJ

Cabinet Alberto Pinto

The space is ideal for hosting meetings, working, having after-dinner drinks or just relaxing on a long-haul flight.

The main salon on board a Boeing Business Jet 747-8i.

Cabinet Alberto Pinto

Opposite the seating area is a circular table ideal for dining or even a game of high-stakes poker.

A table area on board a Boeing Business Jet 747-8i.

Cabinet Alberto Pinto

Each leather seat is also adjustable via electronic switches embedded in the armrests of each chair.

A table area on board a Boeing Business Jet 747-8i.

Cabinet Alberto Pinto

The aircraft even has a smaller seating section for additional passengers or staff complete with tables and large in-flight entertainment systems. According to Pinto, the owner has a large family that flies extensively.

A passenger seating area on board a Boeing Business Jet 747-8i.

Cabinet Alberto Pinto

With a range of around 7,700 nautical miles, the BBJ 747-8i can cover long distances with ease and service city pairs including New York-Hong Kong, Cape Town-Chicago, and Los Angeles-Melbourne.

A Boeing Business Jet 747-8i.

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Source: Boeing

The towering aircraft, with all of its features, is the clear flagship of the aircraft portfolio of Cabinet Alberto Pinto, under the direction of Linda Pinto.

A Boeing Business Jet 747-8i.

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As for the Boeing Business Jet, the 747-8i will continue to keep the title of the world's largest business jet until the first Airbus A380 is converted into an Airbus Corporate Jet.

An Airbus A380 aircraft.

REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

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