Visitors to the Monaco Yacht Show 2021 on September 22 to 25 were introduced to Lufthansa Technik’s (LHT) “pioneering” cabin design study for bizliners called “Explorer,” which is based on the current trend for superyachts of the same name. For the study, LHT’s VIP business selected an ACJ330 as the platform because it offers ample space for several new cabin ideas.
LHT officials noted that only a few cabin concepts using the A330 cabin have been introduced to the market and said that, as a result, its study should stir customer interest. The German company incorporated a wide range of possible uses into the development of the cabin floor concept in addition to the typical elements of a bizliner, such as bedrooms and guest rooms, bathrooms, offices, and dining and conference areas. One demonstrated use was a projection system covering large sections of the cabin walls and ceilings with a depiction of an undersea environment.
“Over the last few months, we have intensively analyzed the visual context and the typical elements of the Explorer boat class to transfer the design idea behind it from the water to the air, and thus into a new cabin design,” said Jan Grube, sales director of LHT’s VIP and special mission aircraft services division. “The interior elements, which also integrate brand-new features, are therefore deliberately kept multifunctional.”
Wieland Timm, head of sales for the division, added that the end goal is to develop “the Explorer design for a completely new target group.” With the new design, LHT hopes to deliver on meeting the requirements of 10 to 16 VIP passengers in a way that provides them a “maximum positive passenger experience.” The cabin concept is still being finalized and LHT plans to present a completed design study—with further “surprises”—at the Dubai Air Show in November.