The February 2008 issue of Architectural Digest profiles the conversion of a former Pan Am 727-100 into what the article calls “the quietest, smoothest, most functional, most comfortable penthouse-on-wings in existenceâ€.
The article focuses on the virtues of having a truly big business jet:
â€œThereâ€™s something about a wide-body plane with 1,000 square feet of floor space thatâ€™s addictive, and I just didnâ€™t feel like flying in a little tube of 300 square feet anymore. With my G5,â€ he elaborates, â€œI would never think of inviting more than a few guests, what with the narrow, cramped cabin and low ceiling, not to mention the lack of proper bed and bathâ€”when someone walked by you to go to the john, it would wake you up.â€
His Boeing, in sharp contrast, offers four discrete areas of privacy and sleeps 10 in high comfort. â€œEveryone is always excited to get back on the ship, no matter how much fun theyâ€™ve been having wherever we were, because when you can fly this wayâ€”and the same thing often gets said about life itselfâ€”itâ€™s not the destination that counts, itâ€™s the journey.â€ No wonder the owner, for all that he has houses in Beverly Hills, Santa Barbara, Palm Springs, Malibu, Aspen, Saint-Tropez, and the French Alps, spends roughly (make that smoothly) three months a year traveling on his plane.
While we certainly like big, one advantage of a G5 is that you can buy one new and not have to deal with a painstaking conversion. Of course buying a new BBJ provides the best of both worlds…