Brazilian-based manufacturer Embraer is changing how airplane passengers connect with the sky. According to Wired, the company is redesigning jet windows to be much larger and more prevalent in the cabin area, letting in more natural light and increasing passenger views.
The new custom option is available on Embraer's line of Lineage 1000 private jets, which cost an average of $53 million, Wired reports. Embraer's VP of interior design, Jay Beever, said that the company was inspired by the customization options available for yacht and home buyers.
“I’ve always believed that we should be able to execute the customer’s dreams and passions in an airplane,” Beever added. “Customers are usually being told ‘no’ because of certification restrictions in airplanes.”
In order to make sure the new version of the windows would be safe, the designers were careful about the layout. Because the larger windows share dimensions with plane doors, the company designed the planes so that windows are located where the doors should be, meaning that the new additions won't add weight to the aircraft.
As to why the windows were placed in front of the wing, Beever explains, "There’s a lot of stress and load on the wing during flight that extends through the fuselage and all the way back to the tail."
The windows will include both anti-fogging technology and special glass that allows for variable tint control. They will also feature electric shades installed to quickly take the plane from day to night mode.
Buying a $53 million private jet is not in the cards for everyone, but there is still hope for those who want to experience the layout. Beever tells Wired that the design of the Lineage 1000 is based on that of a commercial plane, meaning that it could eventually make its way to more commercial flights in the future—meaning those of us who fly coach could someday bask in more sunlight, too.
Images via Embraer.