EBACE Convention News

Cabin dreams for the Dreamliner

 - May 23, 2007, 7:40 AM

Computer-generated virtual cabin concepts for Boeing’s latest large bizliners are appearing with some regularity as the order book for the executive/VIP versions of the company’s 787 and 747-8 grow.

One of the most recent is a 787 interior from BMW Group DesignworksUSA, created for a fictitious Russian client in his mid-30s–a global traveler who would be spending a significant amount of time in the air.

Discussing the ideas generated and built into the proposed cabin, the DesignworksUSA team imagined guests who would enjoy a cocktail while admiring luxury vehicles stowed in the cargo bay through a transparent floor. After an evening meal in the dining area, the owner and guests would retire to the upper theater lounge complete with waterfall floors and walls.

The interior by DesignworksUSA is one of three Boeing-commissioned interiors unveiled to date. The other two came from Teague and Lancaster Design, both of Seattle. Another came from Jet Aviation, Basel, Switzerland, and yet another from German independent completion specialist Lufthansa Technik.

To date, Boeing Business Jet’s order book for executive/VIP versions of the Dreamliner is approaching 10 aircraft. The first executive/VIP 787 was ordered by Swiss-based charter and aircraft management giant PrivatAir.

Also available at the Lufthansa Technik booth (No. 1240) are executive 787 proposals created by Lufthansa Technik and partner Andrew Winch Designs. They include two ensuite guest cabins as well as a VIP suite with a 42-inch plasma video screen, an integrated movie theater, and 32 lie-flat seats for beds (nine of which are classified as double beds). The VIP suite bedroom is distinguished by a lavatory with his and hers wash basins and a circular shower.