FEATURE: VIP BBJ 777-9 Design Brief


Lufthansa Technik delves into its new VIP BBJ 777-9 cabin design.

These are the first images of a new VIP design by Lufthansa Technik for the BBJ 777-9 (formerly the BBJ 777X). The full design will be revealed at the Dubai Airshow in November, because it is aimed at governments in the Middle East, with a design that melds traditional cultural elements with a modern twist.

Wieland Timm, head of sales, VIP & Special Aircraft Services, explains that Lufhansa Technik believes the B777-9 will take over from the B747-8 as the biggest governmental aircraft for Boeing customers. “Most B747s are used in that region by governments,” says Timm.

The front cabin is a private VVIP section with an expandable private bedroom, bathroom, private office and gym. At the very back is a cabin for delegations, with first, business and economy sections. All these areas have yet to be revealed.

So far the company has released images of the entrance area, and a large central section with a majlis for meetings or dining.

The entry area

The entry area. Image: Lufthansa Technik

The majlis seats 11 people around a table, including one in the master seat. Timm says this accommodates the typical size of the inner circle who might travel on this aircraft. IFE and projection technologies are included.

To ensure the design is feasible, Lufthansa Technik developed it using B777-9 data from Boeing, which Timm notes has some differences from the B777 fuselage.

“When we show a design concept it’s necessary that it’s real,” explains Timm. “It’s also feasible that we can adapt it because every government has different ideas around how many people should be on board.”

As for design elements that are yet to be revealed, Timm shares that the image projection system so memorably included in the company’s Explorer design concept, will be incorporated in the VVIP private bedroom.

Timm reports that the design garnered “tremendous” feedback at EBACE 2023, where it was revealed. He anticipates the completion will take 15-18 months to prepare for, and another 15-18 months to complete, depending on the features chosen.

“If somebody is interested and wants their own design, now is the right time to start discussions and develop it,” concludes Timm.

The conference area

The conference area. Image: Lufthansa Technik

Other key features of the cabin include:

Door frames

Door frames within the cabin are implemented in a sculptural style that Timm says Lufthansa Technik designed to be in keeping with modern houses in the Middle East.

Modern style

The entrance area was inspired by modern, six-star hotels. In fact, the whole cabin is aimed at the upcoming generation’s tastes. “They want a combination of tradition and European style,” says Timm. “This is shown in the region’s new hotels, office buildings and palaces.”


The aircraft’s width enables the addition of four divans in the majlis, one in each corner. “You can have separate talks at these divans or have your lunch there,” says Timm. “Seats from the dining table can be moved to the divan so four separate talking areas can be established in that room. Only the B777 is big enough for this to be done easily.”

This feature was first published in the July 2023 edition of Business Jet Interiors International.

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Izzy has been part of the Business Jet Interiors International team since its second issue, and the editor since 2011. She also edits Auditoria and Railway Interiors International. Outside of work, Izzy is rediscovering her love of art by learning how to paint with watercolors.

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