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(CNN) – The fact that the rich make great efforts to personalize their private jets to suit their lifestyle is nothing new.
And we’re not just talking about the average business jet. For decades, world leaders and billionaires have worked to equip the types of aircraft that most of us use for commercial purposes, manufactured by companies like Airbus and Boeing.
But table options are becoming increasingly undisciplined.
Among the leaders in the personalization game is the German company Lufthansa Technik, which has recently developed a cabin concept inspired by another indispensable item for the super rich – the luxury yacht.
According to the company, the EXPLORER wide-body VIP cabin concept fulfills the two desires of aircraft owners: to take their planes almost anywhere at any time, also serving as a base camp when traveling – a place to sleep and also enjoy fun activities and excursions. .
Like a luxury yacht.
The Lufthansa Technik team selected the Airbus A330 to demonstrate the concept and released a series of demonstrations demonstrating the possibilities.
These include common needs such as bedrooms, bathrooms, bars and dining areas. But definitely the most remarkable thing is the retracted porch – a floor in the front body area that can be extended from the outside when the plane is in place, about four feet above the platform.
In second place is an integrated large-scale display system for virtual content. It extends from the window sill to the ceiling. Customers can choose their own lighting and images, using a high-tech display system to create scenes such as green forests and starry skies.
Lounge in Brabus
Brabus Adventure Lounge: a place to store toys.
Cutesy Lufthansa Technik AG
The EXPLORER concept was first launched in November 2021, and the company recently introduced a new addition to an aviation conference in Geneva in May – the BRABUS Adventure Lounge.
The concept places the saloon at the back of the bottom deck of the A330, which is visible from the main deck through a glass floor.
Once again, the luxury yacht, with its offer and games garage, was the inspiration. A selection of vehicles can be stored in the Adventure Lounge for use after landing.
The concept contains a limited edition BRABUS 1300 R, created in collaboration with the Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM.
Welland Tim, head of sales for Lufthansa Technik VIP aircraft and special missions, told CNN Travel by email that the salon displayed only “a clear example of what this aspect of exploration might look like” during a flight.
“Luxury motorcycles are organized exclusively in the accessible basement,” he explains. “Once down, it can be unloaded and give passengers the freedom to explore their current destination in more detail.
As to why Lufthansa Technik chose the A330 for the EXPLORER concept, Timm says that this classic wide-body aircraft “provides ample space for a large number of new cabin ideas and also enough range to satisfy the desires of the specific to the EXPLORER target group “.
However, he notes that an Explorer-type cockpit can also be placed on other wide-body aircraft such as the Boeing 777.
Who is interested?
Tim says that the target group for the EXPLORER concept consists of rich “classic” individuals who travel and explore the world with the greatest luxury and – above all – privacy, but also charter aircraft operators of this high-class luxury travel (by offered, for example, flights around the world). for 14 days at $ 100,000 to $ 200,000 per week).
He says they also expect some owners to take a hybrid approach.
“For example, a rich person owns an Explorer, but only uses it for one month a year. And for the rest of the year, that individual will rent it to other operators / users as well. ”
Artistic presentation of the balcony.
Cutesy Lufthansa Technik AG
So far, the answer has been very positive, he says, noting that they already have questions from customers seeking to implement one or more of EXPLORER technical tools for existing or future cabin completion projects.
He noted that the whole concept is unlikely to be taken over by the aircraft owner, but because it is technically feasible, the cockpit can be manufactured as shown. Instead, customers are more likely to tailor certain design elements to their needs.
“The simple reason is that the VIP Completeions business, especially for wide-body aircraft, is highly individualized to suit the owner’s personal needs … so the vast majority of aircraft we complete for our customers are truly unique. . ”
How close is that luxury yachting experience?
Since luxury yachts have more freedom in terms of mooring and moving, we asked Tim how common it is for owners to stay overnight on their plane while on the ground at the airport.
He says many airports will allow them to park their planes and “live” physically there for a certain amount of time.
“Some of our customers are already using this,” he adds. “The reasons are different and have to do with the fact that these clients often use planes as an office and therefore wait for their clients on the ground.
“Others prefer to stay on the plane at night for security reasons. However, if you use the described EXPLORER, the airport serves as a home base and a springboard for further adventure / exploration. ”