Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – The rich are making great efforts to modify their private jets to suit their lifestyle, and this is nothing new.
And we’re not just talking about ordinary business jets.
For decades, world leaders and billionaires have worked to make adjustments to the types of aircraft most of us use commercially and made by companies like Airbus and Boeing.
But the options are getting wilder.
Among the leaders in the fashion court is Germany’s Lufthansa Technik, which recently developed a cabin concept inspired by another must-have for the wealthy, a luxury yacht.
According to the company, the concept of a “EXPLORER” cabin with a wide body fulfills the two desires of aircraft owners, which is to take their aircraft almost anywhere, anytime, also serving as a base camp when traveling, ie a place for to sleep. Enjoy leisure activities and excursions, just like a luxury yacht.
The Lufthansa Technik team chose an Airbus A330 to demonstrate the concept and has published a series of presentations demonstrating the capabilities.
The concept includes common needs such as bedrooms, bathrooms, bars and dining areas.
One of its most visible elements is a retractable balcony that can be extended from the outside when the aircraft is parked.
Lounge in Brabus
The EXPLORER concept was first launched in November 2021, and the company recently unveiled a new addition during an aviation conference in Geneva in May, the BRABUS Adventure Lounge.
The concept places the hall at the back of the lower deck of the A330, which is visible from the main deck through a glass floor.
A selection of vehicles can be stored at the terminal for use after the aircraft has landed.
The concept contains a limited edition BRABUS 1300 R which was built in collaboration with the Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM.
Welland Tim, head of sales for Lufthansa Technik VIP aircraft and special missions, told CNN by email that the terminal only shows “an extraordinary example of what this exploratory side might look like” during the flight.
Tim said Lufthansa Technik chose the A330 wide-body aircraft for the EXPLORER concept because it “provides ample space for a large number of new cabin ideas, and also enough range to satisfy the specific wishes of the EXPLORER target group” “.
However, Tim indicated that a cockpit of this type could be fitted to other wide-body aircraft such as the Boeing 777.
Who are the customers?
Tim explained that the target group for the “EXPLORER” concept is ultra-rich people traveling and exploring the world with maximum luxury and privacy, as well as luxury travel charter operators (who, for example, offer 14-day round-the-world trips with prices ranging from $ 100,000 to $ 100,000). $ 200,000 per week).
The company also expects some owners to take a hybrid approach.
For example, when a wealthy person owns this type of aircraft and uses it only for one month of the year, that individual can rent it to other operators and users for the rest of the time.
The response has been extremely positive so far, Tim said.
It is unlikely that an aircraft owner will implement the whole concept, but since it is technically feasible, the cabin can be manufactured as shown.
Instead, customers are more likely to modify certain design elements according to their needs.
How close is a luxury yachting experience?
Since superyachts have more freedom when it comes to mooring and moving, CNN asked Tim how common it is for owners to stay on their plane while he is at the airport.
Tim said many airports allow them to park their planes and “live” there for a certain period of time.
Tim added: “The reasons vary, and it has to do with the fact that these clients often use airplanes as their office, and therefore wait for their clients instead.”
But others prefer to stay on the plane overnight for safety reasons.
In the case of ‘EXPLORER’, the airport serves as a base and a springboard for further adventures and explorations.