Black private jets are not a rarity, even though they're not as common as white or off-white units, and they usually come with leather- and beige-heavy interiors. But a private jet that's as black as a shadow is unheard of, or so the owner of this one will have us believe. She compares it to the Lamborghini of private jets.
Dubbed the "most unique private jet" in the world, this all-matte black Gulfstream G450 is truly a memorable sight. The accuracy of that statement is unverifiable, but there's no denying this is the kind of aircraft that instantly stands out.
This is probably the exception.
This is the private jet of businesswoman Sandra Corinna Kinzl, who branched out of luxury real estate to offer private jet customization. Her personal image is her business card in a way because SCK Aviation is in the market of buying older Gulfstreams, overhauling them to the point of "turn[ing] them into lifestyle statements," and selling them off.
With a total value of $21 million, this 11-year-old jet boasts an overhaul that came short of $5 million, of which $500,000 was for that spectacular paintjob only. Kinzl believes it's the most expensive painjob in the world on an aircraft of this kind, and the high price comes down to her choice of matte black, with shiny black stripes for contrast, which give the jet a diamond-like look. A black diamond, of course.
The interior is also black, with different shades of gray and the occasional white for depth and contrast. Kinzl believes the usual styling of private jets, even custom units, in shades of beige with lots of shiny wood veneer and leather, is bland and very old-fashioned. Plus, everyone's doing it, so there's really no way to stand out from the crowd – not really, there isn't.
The extra-wide seats are plush and comfortable, and gorgeous in their own right. The carpeting in grays and blacks matches the style of the cabin but stands out, too. The counters in the galley and the bathroom are real Silver Portoro Italian marble – also black with silver veins and absolutely gorgeous – and packed with matching black Christofle cutlery.
Again, an all-black interior can look a bit too morbid or even claustrophobic if not done right, but in the case of this private jet, the use of lighter tones adds depth and opens up the space to create an almost cozy interior. It's not the kind of interior you'd feel cozy enough to bring a cat (let alone a white one!), but it's still nice looking.
If anything, this striking private jet is a testament to what you could have if you're wealthy enough to afford a private jet – and then some more, to afford the overhaul. The huge carbon footprint of a private jet aside, it's surely a unique and most awesome way to express yourself and stand out among all the other rather boring and bland millionaires.