Luxury VIP jets: How the super-rich fly

(CNN)A contemporary-style bedroom with a touch of classical elegance, complete with king-size bed and designer furniture, Champagne at the ready and magnificent panoramic views.

It could be a five-star hotel suite, but this is actually the cabin of a soon-to-be-launched Airbus A330 VIP, nothing less than a full-on $200 million flying palace.

This aircraft, currently being outfitted by Comlux, a Swiss firm specializing in the design, outfitting and operation of large corporate jets, represents the state-of-the-art when it comes to luxury aircraft cabin design.

You can see three animated renderings from the A330’s interior below.

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“The executive market is small for the likes of Boeing and Airbus, but it can bring good profit margins, as it is more difficult to get bulk discounts like the ones airlines often get, and it also provides plenty of opportunities for PR, as high-profile sales get lots of public attention,” explains Adam Twidell, CEO of PrivateFly, a UK-based executive jet broker.

In fact, fear of public opinion backlash in the aftermath of the financial crisis may be one of the factors that have made Europe and North America relatively less attractive markets for VIP airliners.

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“We expect most of the growth to come from Asia, Africa and the Middle East,” says Gaona from his Zurich office.

These are the regions where the next headline-making flying palace is likely to be based.

Video courtesy of Comlux.

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 October 10, 2016 at 08:00AM

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