Times are tough even at the big end of town, and those for whom money is typically no issue are feeling the pinch.
French aircraft manufacturer Airbus has responded with an alternative to lavish made-to-order interiors, designing off-the-shelf modules for its latest corporate jet that reduce complication while saving the buyer millions of dollars.
The 24 metre-long cabin will be bookended by the obligatory galley and bathrooms at the front, and a luxurious private bedroom at the rear.
But in the middle of its new ACJ319 Elegance model Airbus divided the interior into three separate zones that can be customised with the modules designed at its Toulouse headquarters.
Customers can choose from pre-designed modules for dining, conducting business, socialising, and even for watching movies.
Airbus's modular concept is a fundamental departure from traditional corporate jet design, which emphasises individuality and customisation. The company's off-the-shelf modules will not only simplify the sometimes daunting interior design process for would-be buyers, but also allow existing owners to upgrade and modify their jets' interiors with ease.
The plug-and-play interior may signal a shift in the way future buyers appoint their jets' interiors. Since all the modules are designed and built in-house at Airbus, the Elegance interior could become a new revenue driver for the aerospace giant.
Aesthetically, the design is plush without being gaudy, and luxurious without sacrificing practicality.
Based on the A319 airliner, the ACJ319 is powered by pair of CFM56 turbofan engines that give the eight-passenger jet a range of more than 11,000 kilometres and a top speed of roughly 950km/h.
According to the Robb Report, an ACJ319 Elegance with pre-designed modules will have a price tag of around $85.4 million; $7.5 million less than one with a fully customised interior.