Comlux has completed its 11th VIP interior on a BBJ aircraft, at its completion centre in Indianapolis, Indiana. Altitudes spoke to Lauri Church, Chief Interior Designer, about their accomplishment.


The work took 14 months from beginning to end, following a brief that asked for an aircraft suitable for both business and family leisure travel. Church explained: “It’s a combination, and the design played out very nicely by compartmentalising each area. The forward section, from the main entry aft to the double doors to that lead up to the private dining conference area, is executive. From the private dining area, aft to the master bathroom, is more of a private VIP section.”

“We have been ‘engineering luxury’ in VIP interiors since 2008, always keeping our customers wishes at heart and the technical performance in mind.”

In the forward section, the cabin features a spacious executive compartment, complete with four sets of four-place club seating. To serve the seating areas a large pull out table with an easily attachable extension was especially designed and installed, replacing the traditional and more expected hi/lo table. Church explained: “We created this bespoke solution as the customer felt that the hi/lo tables take up too much leg room. He requested that we construct the space with the ability to completely stow the dining tables. This creative design allows for a considerably large pull out table with an easily attachable extension.”


For quick flight status or group entertainment, there is a conveniently located 32” monitor on the forward bulkhead. For personal entertainment and work communications the cabin will support a number of iPads.

Two broad pocket doors divide the executive area from the dining/conference areas in the centre section of the aircraft. This allows this section of the aircraft to be exclusive to the principal and any invited guests, if required. Church said: “The private dining room features a massive hi-lo conference-style table with a number of leaves and extensions for flexibility. The table is surrounded by six executive seats, all with drop down arms, making it easy to move around the perimeter of the table.

“For presentations, virtual meetings or simply entertainment there is a 50” monitor available,” she added.

Set above the imposing table is a grand ceiling recess, lit by hidden lighting and inlaid with an intricate handmade mother of pearl design. This motif is carried through to the adjacent aft master suite, where a matching decorative ceiling recess floats above the tranquil bedroom. Church said: “The bedroom features a European queen-size bed and a private sitting area that consists of two side chairs and a pull-out table. This leads through to an oriental spa-inspired private bathroom, with a large prominent vanity unit and a comfortable shower.”


For Comlux, each customer is unique and every project the design team uses the ‘five senses’ concept, which they believe is the most personalised way to understand fully the client’s expectations and desires and to re-create them inside the cabin.

Church explained: “It starts with the discovery phase ‘hear’ when we listen to our client’s ideas, needs and desires. This feeds the concept phase where our designers convert our client’s ‘taste’ into an aircraft interior design. The material phase brings the ‘touch’ sense with the review and selection of exquisite materials. With a visualisation of the cabin concept now possible, the team allows the client to ‘see’ the design with the creation of dimensionally correct coloured layouts and 3D renderings. The final phase occurs during the completion phase of fabrication and installation where the real ‘smell’ can be experienced. Customised furniture and seats will be inspected as they are created to ensure they meet precisely the intention of the design and the client.”

“We are very proud to have successfully delivered another beautiful nose-to-tail bespoke VIP completion,” stated Arnaud Martin, COO of Comlux. “We have been ‘engineering luxury’ in VIP interiors since 2008, always keeping our customers wishes at heart and the technical performance in mind.”

“The interior of this BBJ was engineered to magnify weight performance at a total weight of only 14,400 lbs. We are fully prepared and up to speed for the arrival of the first ever BBJ Max 8 completion and our first ACJ320 Neo later this year,” he added.