08 November 2022

Private jet bathrooms – what to expect

The bathroom facilities available on a private jet are always a source of interest to clients. And this can sometimes be a key decision driver when it comes to aircraft or aircraft category choice for Jet Card programmes or private jet charter.

Most of our clients are keen to understand the detail of what facilities they can expect and this can vary greatly, from aircraft to aircraft. From more compact and practical facilities on light jet aircraft, to multiple bathrooms and luxury-appointed ensuite shower rooms on long range jets and airliner conversions.

Client requirements also vary greatly, particularly depending on the duration of the flight. So we advise accordingly, in order to identify the right aircraft choice for you and your particular flight.

Light jet bathrooms

Light jets at the top of the category, such as the Embraer Phenom 300, Pilatus PC-24, Citation CJ4, and Nextant 400XTi, have a private enclosed lavatory onboard, and this is usually at the aft (rear) of the aircraft cabin.

The bathroom is separated from the cabin with a hardwood swinging door, hardwood bi-fold doors, sliding pocket doors that meet to create a solid door, or sometimes an accordion door.

Typically amenities include a flushable toilet and basin with mirror, as well as storage. It may well be compact, but for the flights of 1-3 hours duration that these type of jets usually perform, these are well-designed and functional spaces.

Be aware that some very light jets at the smaller end of the category are less well-equipped. Some older models including Cessna’s Citation Mustang, only have an ’emergency’ toilet facility, located between the cockpit and the passenger cabin. This does not have a solid door and just comes with a removable privacy curtain.

Bathrooms on midsize & super-midsize jets

Further up the size spectrum, bathroom facilities become a little more spacious – to cater for larger groups of passengers, and longer flights of up to 4 – 5 hours that these private jet aircraft are capable of.

The 8-seater Citation XLS+ is a popular midsize private jet aircraft and provides passengers with a well-designed private aft lavatory. As does its slightly larger sibling, the Citation Latitude.

Embraer's range of midsize and super-midsize aircraft such as the Legacy 500 or Praetor 600 offer additional bathroom amenties and space, with a well-designed vanity area, storage, and more space to move around – allowing the bathroom to also be used as a private dressing area if required.

Long range jet bathrooms

For longer flights of up to 9 – 12 hours, heavy or long range jets offer additional space and facilities in the bathroom for passengers.

Embraer’s Legacy 600 is a heavy jet, seating up to 13 passengers. Its aft bathroom is well-appointed and it offers a great space for passengers to change and freshen up, with stylish fixtures, lighting, mirror and storage.

At the top end of this aircraft category are Gulfstream’s G650, Bombardier's Global range and Dassault’s Falcon family. As these ultra-long-range jets are capable of flights over 12 hours, their bathroom facilities are impressive, and well-equipped.

These large cabin aircraft offer very stylish and well-appointed bathrooms with WC, basin, natural light and extra closet space.

VIP airliners

When it comes to the highly-customisable spaces on a converted airliner, the sky’s the limit. And that also applies to the bathrooms (most will have more than one).

The luxury large cabin BBJ (Boeing Business Jet), ACJ (Airbus Corporate Jet) and Embraer’s Lineage 1000E are airliners that have been converted to large cabin jets. So there’s a lot of cabin space to work with.

Cabin configurations can vary and some private owners include multiple bathrooms, with spa facilities and even a Turkish bath. But more often there is a toilet and shower available mid-cabin and, for more privacy, another ensuite attached to the VIP bedroom in the aft section of the aircraft.

Our expert team is available to talk through the cabin amenities on different private jet models, and to explain more about our range of Jet Card, membership and private charter solutions. Contact us or call +44 (0)20 7100 6960.

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