A PrivatAir Boeing Business Jet 737.
A PrivatAir Boeing Business Jet 737.

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  • PrivatAir was a Swiss airline known for its fleet of Airbus and Boeing private jets, particularly the BBJ 1, used for private charter and by major airlines including Lufthansa and Scandinavian Airlines.

  • Based on the Boeing 737-700, the BBJ 1 offered greater space and capacity than smaller private jet rivals and is a favorite among the elite. 

  • Design firm Cabinet Alberto Pinto was tasked with creating an interior for one of the jets, adding to the firm’s extensive private aircraft portfolio. 

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PrivatAir was a unique Swiss airline that focused on operating private jets from Airbus and Boeing, known as Airbus Corporate Jets and Boeing Business Jets, respectively. 

Before its insolvency in 2018, the firm offered exclusive charter flights on the narrow-body aircraft but also flew business traveler-oriented routes for Lufthansa and Scandinavian Airlines on aircraft that focused on premium seating.

The aircraft used for many of these flights was the Boeing Business Jet 1, based on the 737-700 passenger airliner. PrivatAir offered numerous configurations for its BBJs including all-business class, hybrid business and economy, or the ultra-luxurious private jet style. 

For one of its BBJs, PrivatAir turned to renowned French interior design firm Cabinet Alberto Pinto to create the interior, as the firm has done with numerous Airbus and Boeing private jets including the ACJ319 and BBJ 747-8, the largest private jet in the world.

The final product was an apartment-like aircraft that didn’t compromise too much on capacity, offering all the trimmings of a private jet but still being able to seat 28 passengers comfortably. 

Take a look onboard this Cabinet Alberto Pinto-designed BBJ 737 formerly in use with PrivatAir. 

The BBJ 1 was the flagship of PrivatAir’s fleet during the airline’s time in the skies.

A PrivatAir Boeing Business Jet 737.
A PrivatAir Boeing Business Jet 737.

Source: Planespotters.net

The medium-haul aircraft was used for private charters and also by major airlines on long, thin business routes including Stavanger, Norway-Houston, Texas on behalf of Scandinavian Airlines and Frankfurt, Germany-Pune, India for Lufthansa.

A PrivatAir Boeing Business Jet 737.
A PrivatAir Boeing Business Jet 737.

Powered by two CFM56-7 turbofan engines, the BBJ 737 has a range of around 6,000 nautical miles depending on the configuration.

A PrivatAir Boeing Business Jet 737.
A PrivatAir Boeing Business Jet 737.

Source: Airliners.net

Known, in part, for its private jet portfolio, French design firm Cabinet Alberto Pinto was called upon to craft an interior for one of the elite twin-engine jets.

A PrivatAir Boeing Business Jet 737.
A PrivatAir Boeing Business Jet 737.

Immediately upon boarding the Pinto-designed BBJ, passengers enter the main lounge featuring 4 seats and a two-person divan.

Inside a PrivatAir Boeing Business Jet 737.
Inside a PrivatAir Boeing Business Jet 737.

Cabinet Alberto Pinto

By day, it’s a communal area ideal for relaxing or socializing.

Inside a PrivatAir Boeing Business Jet 737.
Inside a PrivatAir Boeing Business Jet 737.

Cabinet Alberto Pinto

By night, the center coffee table can be dressed to make the space into a four-person dining area.

Inside a PrivatAir Boeing Business Jet 737.
Inside a PrivatAir Boeing Business Jet 737.

Directly behind the main lounge is the passenger seating area with rows of 2-2 configured business class seats.

Inside a PrivatAir Boeing Business Jet 737.
Inside a PrivatAir Boeing Business Jet 737.

Cabinet Alberto Pinto

The plush leather seats don’t go fully flat but offer a deep recline ideal for sleeping on long-haul or overnight flights.

Inside a PrivatAir Boeing Business Jet 737.
Inside a PrivatAir Boeing Business Jet 737.

Cabinet Alberto Pinto

The aircraft features two sections of passenger seats to increase onboard capacity while also maintaining an exclusive, private jet atmosphere.

Inside a PrivatAir Boeing Business Jet 737.
Inside a PrivatAir Boeing Business Jet 737.

Cabinet Alberto Pinto

Towards the rear of the aircraft is also an additional area for more intimate seating and dining setting.

Inside a PrivatAir Boeing Business Jet 737.
Inside a PrivatAir Boeing Business Jet 737.

Cabinet Alberto Pinto

Similarly secluded away from the passenger compartments is also a private bedroom.

Inside a PrivatAir Boeing Business Jet 737.
Inside a PrivatAir Boeing Business Jet 737.

Cabinet Alberto Pinto

Though it doesn’t offer a proper bed, the divan features a pull-out mattress for when the scenario requires.

Inside a PrivatAir Boeing Business Jet 737.
Inside a PrivatAir Boeing Business Jet 737.

Also tucked away are private bathrooms featuring upholstered leather toilets…

Inside a PrivatAir Boeing Business Jet 737.
Inside a PrivatAir Boeing Business Jet 737.

Cabinet Alberto Pinto

And a full sink and single vanity.

Inside a PrivatAir Boeing Business Jet 737.
Inside a PrivatAir Boeing Business Jet 737.

Cabinet Alberto Pinto

A step up for the typical coat closet found on commercial jets, the BBJ also features a large armoire to store clothes for the flight.

Inside a PrivatAir Boeing Business Jet 737.
Inside a PrivatAir Boeing Business Jet 737.

After PrivatAir became insolvent in 2018, its BBJ fleet scattered, unfortunately leaving the fate of this exquisite jet unknown.

A PrivatAir Boeing Business Jet 737.
A PrivatAir Boeing Business Jet 737.

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