JetBed began offering its patented design in 2008 and it has since become the gold standard for sleeping flat in a small aircraft cabin. Its beds weigh 20 to 26 pounds and deploy from a single integral bag when placed on the floor between two or four facing seats. The foundation inflates in less than a minute with the aid of a portable, rechargeable battery pump. Atop the inflated foundation is a mattress that helps create a uniformly firm feeling with no sagging or hard spots.
Some of the fabric technology is proprietary, but creator Gary Bosstick says it is a high-quality ballistic nylon that does not stretch and is mated with “a precisely applied special formula urethane.”
Starting price for the smallest bed for a CJ is $4,995. Most are $5,995, and the conference group JetBed (between four abreast seats) is $6,995. The smaller JetBed is only about 14 pounds, including the pump and bag.
The San Diego-based company is now producing its JetBed for more than 20 aircraft models from virtually every business jet manufacturer, from the Gulfstream G550 down to the Embraer Phenom 100 light jet and the Pilatus PC-12 turboprop single. And there are plans to add the Hawker 4000 and Legacy 600.
Asked during the NBAA Convention in October if the JetBed was gaining market acceptance, Bosstick replied, “We sold a dozen JetBeds today alone.”