Manhattan Airship


Manhattan Airship: The Luxury Executive Jet That Will Take You Back to 1930s New York

Mary Elizabeth Collins


This luxurious private plane is the largest in its class. Also known as Embraer Lineage 1000E, its design was inspired by the Art Deco style prevalent in New York in the 1930s.


Back in May 2006, Brazilian aviation giant Embraer Executive Jets introduced what was then the company’s latest model, the Lineage 1000, during the European Business Aviation Convention (EBACE) in Switzerland. The extra large business jet has proved to be a resounding success with orders from around the world. Eleven years later, and after the enormous popularity of the Lineage 1000 model, Embraer has released a new version of the private plane under the moniker Lineage 1000E. The revamped version has been dubbed Manhattan Airship. Unique among its class for its über luxurious design and aeronautical features, the new model is an homage to New York’s golden years during the Art Deco period, the 1930s.

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The Manhattan Airship, the largest private plane in the world, is a real flying Deco mansion.
  • Range: 4,600 nautical miles
  • Top Speed: Mach 0.82
  • Cruising Speed: 472 mph
  • Top Operating Altitude: 41,000 feet

The Art Deco theme used by the company carries out to every detail. The elegant exterior design in navy blue with horizontal silver stripes is reminiscent of the pinstriped suits used by Wall Street executives in the pre-war era.

The elegant exterior design in navy blue with horizontal silver stripes is reminiscent of the pinstriped suits used by Wall Street executives in the pre-war era.

Cabin designers Jay Beever (the company’s design director) and Eddie Sotto (a former creative at Disney), have recreated the aura of New York’s heyday with nods to the city’s famous skyscrapers. The interior features deep mahogany wood panels, hardwood floors, and brass and gold trims, finishes, and accessories. The furnishings are also a throwback to the sumptuous era as is the featured artwork, which includes a metal mural similar to the one found at the Empire State Building.

Once inside, the traveler can join the rest of the passengers in the elegant Cloud Club — a cosmopolitan style bar inspired by the Chrysler Building — to have a cocktail while sitting on the comfortable retractable stools or on its gorgeous mohair/lambskin divan. The stylish lounge also features a loft window inspired by the work of the late modernist French artist Jean-Michel Frank, one of the most famous designers in 1930s New York.

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Every area of the Manhattan Airship was designed in detail to reproduce the opulence of the 1930s.

But perhaps this jet’s most impressive space is the Crystal Room, a luxurious enclave that can accommodate up to six passengers for lunch or dinner in opulent surroundings with a table made of precious woods to enjoy the aircraft’s private chef’s culinary delights.

Although the jet is considered the longest in its class, it still adheres to the length limits established by aviation authorities to qualify as an executive jet, which allows it to land and take off from executive airports such as London City in the UK, Aspen ASE in Colorado, or Teterboro in the New York/New Jersey area, among others around the world.

The Manhattan Airship is especially suited for business executives who want to travel with ease and style with colleagues or family. Its impressive range allows travelers to go non-stop from London to Dubai, Miami to Rio de Janeiro or any transcontinental flight you have scheduled. The advantages are obvious but most importantly, you will fly in the lap of luxury with utmost sophistication, comfort, and privacy.

If you are interested in owning the Embraer Lineage 1000E Manhattan Airship, the current price is $80 million.  ■

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