NetJets 7X fleet by Norman Foster



Architect Norman Foster has designed the interior and exterior of an aeroplane called Falcon 7X for private jet company NetJets.netjets-7x-fleet-by-norman-foster-3.jpg

Foster used a cream and tan colour scheme for the passenger cabin, which is intended for business meetings, sleeping and dining.


Crew areas are fitted out in grey and black.


The following information is from Foster + Partners:


NetJets Europe commissions Lord Norman Foster 
to design its new Falcon 7X fleet.


In an industry first, Europe’s leading business jet operator, NetJets Europe, has recruited Pritzker prize winning architect, Lord Norman Foster, to design the interior and exterior of its newest and most advanced aircraft, the Falcon 7X.


In 2007 NetJets placed the largest order in business aviation history with manufacturer Dassault, which will see 33 Falcon 7X aircraft added to its fleet over the next eight years. To mark this unprecedented $1.5 billion investment, NetJets commissioned architect, pilot and NetJets’ customer, Lord Foster, to create a jet that takes the business aviation experience to a new level. The company believes the selection of Lord Foster will ensure that the NetJets 7X will have an enduring and lasting sensibility.


Lord Foster did a tremendous amount of research for this project. He talked extensively to NetJets’ clients and crew to get a well rounded perspective. The result is an aircraft that is serene on the inside and sleek and striking on the exterior. As an architect, he approached the design from a holistic perspective, and each of the resulting design choices were made to create a superior travel experience.


The interior of the NetJets 7X is thematically zoned into a well-being space for customers and a work space for crew. The passenger cabin is light and tranquil featuring a cream and tan colour scheme and Fiddleback Sycamore wood fittings. Lord Foster redesigned the seating arrangements based on how NetJets owners and passengers use the aircraft, gearing it towards business meetings and an enhanced sleeping and dining experience. In contrast, the work area around the galley has an industrial feel, featuring a grey and black colour scheme, a marked contrast from generic aircraft design. Foster uses robust materials such as carbon fibre for the galley and crew areas.


Although not originally commissioned to consider the exterior of the jet, Lord Foster evolved his design to include the aircraft’s livery. His design of a bold, dark blue horizontal stripe unifies the windows of the cockpit and cabin, giving the aircraft a sleeker form. NetJets Europe has elected to introduce Foster’s design as its new livery across its entire 160-strong fleet.


Commenting on the project, Lord Foster said, “The NetJets 7X is a major aviation milestone in terms of the sheer size of the order. It’s literally a fleet within the NetJets fleet and therefore I felt that this significance should manifest visually both internally and externally.”


“Working on a jet was a new challenge for me and one that I accepted unhesitatingly when NetJets approached me. It presented the opportunity to apply my professional expertise, my passion for aviation and my experience as a NetJets customer to one of the world’s most exciting aircraft.”


Mark Booth, Executive Chairman, NetJets Europe said: “Design is an area that has been given precious little attention in the world of business aviation. Whether a NetJets owner wants their journey across Europe or the Atlantic to be peaceful or productive, the personal and intuitive touches added by Lord Foster to the Falcon 7X will meet their needs in a way never seen before in aviation.”


The Falcon 7X is one of the aviation industry’s most anticipated aircraft, featuring increased fuel efficiency, the most advanced flight control system currently in use and the ability to fly long range, linking virtually all of the most desired city pairs including London to New York and Paris to Tokyo.


The NetJets 7X will be available on the NetJets Europe Owner Programme which is based on the concept of fractional ownership. The scheme allows Owners to buy a share of an aircraft equal to the anticipated number of hours flying each year, starting with as little as 1/16th of an aircraft (50 hours).



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Posted on Monday January 12th 2009 at 6:48 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • m

    this is really unimaginative

  • Nichlas

    I like the plane, i think it`s cool. The only problem i have is ” way doo you need that ugly woodwork in this plane? “. So pleace anwer me mr.architecht ;)

  • Boo

    Sorry! (Choke! Cough!) I just keep thinking of the rest of the world!

  • cc

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzz. architects should stick to buildings.

  • amsam

    if you can’t do anything interesting, don’t do anything at all

  • Emerson

    it’s an aeroplane?

  • zuy

    “Architect Norman Foster has designed exterior of an aeroplane called Falcon 7X for private jet company NetJets.”: i like like the blue and white…. in 8 photos …

  • rik

    I guess there are a lot of constrictions when you are designing a plane. But I’d still have hoped that there would be something móre in it than this, which looks like a complete normal, though luxurius plane.
    Next thing sure will be better from the Sir. :-)

  • nickthegreek

    ‘NetJets placed an order for 33 planes in 2007’ whoops! I think NetJets are going to go bust in 2009… The planes are nice but i wonder if Foster’s name can make them recession-proof….

  • cindy

    all u guys ever do is just criticize and criticize without leaving any ideas or suggestions of your own. Llets see you come up with something oh-so-amazing and unique.

  • ant

    over and above his interest in aeronautical engineering, foster has said that buckminster fuller’s obsession with structural efficiency was defining in his education at yale . Why then does he design what look the heaviest seats possible for the aircraft? the whole design looks like it was warped out of the 80’s – like a mini bloated airforce one….

  • Tom


    So what we have here gentlemen is a private jet, with cream seats, and wings, and a cockpit, and all the other things that a private jet has.

    Thanks Norman! That’s really made a difference!

  • ac

    if you got paid to do this, you would gladly sign on the dotted line before it was finished being dotted. Then, just as quickly, you’d hand it off to the most lowly of interns, enjoy your holiday, and cash the check… the entire time hoping it wouldn’t be posted on deezeen or other such blogs for fear of equally uninteresting and unimaginitive comments as the project itself…

  • step_out_of_a_triangle_and_into_striped_light

    doesn’t have to always be interesting and exciting. This is clean and sophisticated which is fitting and at least holds value over time. nice job

  • Martin

    “Working on a jet was a new challenge for me and one that I accepted unhesitatingly when NetJets approached me. It presented the opportunity to apply my professional expertise, my passion for aviation and my experience as a NetJets customer to one of the world’s most exciting aircraft.”

    Some nice part 1 year out cv spin there Norm ;-).. One of the world’s most exciting aircraft?.. maybe one of the worlds most comfortable, but hardly exciting.

  • MarkJ

    The only sign of a Norman Foster influence is in the crew area. The cream leather and polished wood must have been what client demanded. Fools.

  • Mac

    I expected a Jacuzzi … somewhere!

  • Brian

    Sir Norman, I love your Architectural work, but let the Industrial Designers do what they do best! On the other hand, if you wish some help you can give me a call…

  • RB

    Buses, Trains, Planes, and automobiles. Stay away Foster!

  • NemanjaV*

    it’s not bad project…i agree with Nichlas …why did they put ugly wood :S

  • Peter

    Yes, i also think the interiors are boring (outside, i think it´s very classy – there´s a better picture in the new issue of Wallpaper), but I have the impression that the origin of most comments here seems to be some kind of fantasy world. Let´s face it: the users of Netjets aren´t twenty-something snowboarders or would-be avantgardists, so you have to accept that this is simply an absolutely realistic design.

  • Matty D

    OK, so you can only do so much to “design” the exterior of a plane, being that it has to maintain efficient aerodynamic properties. And, I would hardly define painting a blue stripe that registers with the windows “design” either. The interior is just sort of “ehhh”. Nothing Special. Pretty much like any other luxury jet liner. Far step below your yacht, now that was nice!

  • buses and planes

    Worse than the bus

  • Will

    Airplanes have the hardest restrictions for implementing new concepts, but this is like a step into the past. You enter the doors and you feel like you’ve time traveled into the 80s world of yuppies and cigar smokers in gentleman’s clubs, maybe that what he intended. If so credit to him for the first time traveling experience. I nominate this for the 100% TURD award.

  • Hmm… mixed feelings. On the one hand it’s nowhere as ugly as some plane interiors I’ve seen, but on the other when you hear the name ‘Norman Foster’ you don’t expect it to look boring. It may satisfy bland businessmen in blue suits, but when the world comes to its senses and elects me Ruler of All… I’m not going to ring them up to do my air fleet’s interiors.

  • Alex

    Wow….the wood laminate really adds that touch of class this interior was missing! And the colour schemes…wow…black and grey! Just so exciting.

    Honestly, I think it is time to step away from the drawing board and retire Mr Norman Foster. And please just don’t get me started on the YachtPlus, which looked like it was designed for Darth Vader.

  • MCA

    I ‘d rather fly around in … well… anything else. ;-)

  • Evan

    Ok, screw the plane. What’s more important is, where were do we think these photos were taken? The mountains in the background are absolutely beautiful, especially that sheer cliff which reminds me of Yosemite.

  • Brian


  • maybe the problem here is not in the plane or the stripe or the interior, or whatever visual else. maybe the problem is the ‘star’ designer and OUR expectation of a design work as publish-able as the designers photographs or achievements.

    remove norman foster, and these kind of planes get designed each day by people we never hear of. maybe norman foster is not a flashy pair of sunglasses through which the world MUST seem more striking.

    i would say the problem really is with the design media/reporting – dezeen in this case. having the eye that the media should, maybe its not such a great decision to ‘publish’ such a story that lacks the worthiness of being reported in the first place. unless a reader/viewer provocation is what was intended.

  • JP Forrestal

    I’ve recently flown as guest of a Netjets 7X owner. It is a beautiful aircraft with a disapointing interior design by any standards; that’s all there is to say about this aircraft.

    I was shocked to learn that they are changing all their aircraft to this outrageous paint scheme. Sad but true.

  • Javier

    The overall appearance is retro like a plane of the 70s. I say this based on two aspects: the similarity with the almost extinct Boeing 727 and the blue line is like Robin´s mask.