Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – The rich are making huge efforts to adapt their private jets to suit their lifestyle, and this is nothing new.
And we’re not just talking about ordinary business planes.
For decades, world leaders and billionaires have worked to make adjustments to the types of aircraft most of us use commercially, and are made by companies such as Airbus and Boeing.
But the options are getting more wild.
Among the leaders in the mods yard is Germany’s Lufthansa Technik, which recently developed a cabin concept inspired by another must-have for the rich, a luxury yacht.
According to the company, the concept of a wide-body “EXPLORER” cabin fulfills two desires of aircraft owners, which is to take their planes almost anywhere and anytime, while also serving as a base camp when traveling, i.e. a place to sleep, enjoy leisure activities and excursions, just like a yacht.
The Lufthansa Technik team selected an Airbus A330 to demonstrate the concept, and released a series of versions that demonstrate the capabilities.
The concept includes the usual necessities like bedrooms, bathrooms, bars and dining areas.
One of its most notable elements is a retractable balcony that can extend to the outside when the aircraft is parked.
Brabus Adventure Lounge
The EXPLORER concept was first introduced 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 lounge at the rear of the A330’s lower deck, which is visible from the main deck through a glass floor.
A selection of vehicles can be stored in the terminal for use after the aircraft has landed.
The concept features a limited edition BRABUS 1300 R built in collaboration with the Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM.
Welland Tim, head of sales for Lufthansa Technik’s GDP and special mission jets, told CNN in an email that the terminal showed only “one outstanding example of what this exploratory side might look like” in flight.
Tim said Lufthansa Technik chose the A330 wide-body aircraft for the EXPLORER concept because it “provides enough space for a large number of new cabin ideas, and also enough range to satisfy the specific desires of the EXPLORER target group.”
However, Tim indicated that a cabin 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 the ultra-rich people who travel and explore the world with the utmost luxury and privacy, as well as rental operators for luxury travel (such as 14-day round-the-world travel at prices that 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 for only one month of the year, that individual may lease it to other operators and users for the remainder of the time.
The response so far has been very positive, Tim said.
It is unlikely that an aircraft owner will implement the entire 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 own needs.
How close is it to a luxury yachting experience?
As super yachts 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 it’s 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 differ, and it’s related to the fact that these clients often use aircraft as their office, and therefore receive their clients on the spot.”
But others prefer to stay overnight on the plane for safety reasons.
In the case of ‘EXPLORER’, the airport serves as a base, and a springboard for further adventures and explorations.