Lufthansa Technik previews Explorer concept


Lufthansa Technik has previewed a new cabin design study for long-haul aircraft. The company said the Explorer concept is based on a current trend for superyachts that enable owners to go anywhere at any time and discover the world.

The cabin concept is still being finalised, and Lufthansa Technik will present the complete study with further surprises at the Dubai Air Show in November 2021. However, visitors to the 2021 Monaco Yacht Show can already see first impressions of the Explorer design and obtain further information about it in the Lufthansa Technik Lounge in the Monaco Yacht Club.

The platform for the design study is the ACJ330. This aircraft, as a classic widebody, offers sufficient space for many new cabin ideas. Lufthansa Technik also said that only a few ACJ330 cabin concepts have been presented to the market so far, so it expected a great deal of customer interest.

“Lufthansa Technik regularly develops new VIP aircraft cabin concepts that both meet the latest market requirements and represent the latest trends,” said Wieland Timm, head of sales, VIP & Special Mission Aircraft Services, Lufthansa Technik. “With this red-hot study we continue this tradition in an innovative way. We are developing the Explorer design for a completely new target group.”

Jan Grube, sales director in Lufthansa Technik’s VIP & Special Mission Aircraft Services division, who accompanied the development of the new study, added: “Over the last few months we have intensively analysed the visual context and the typical elements of the Explorer boat class in order to transfer the design idea behind it from the water to the air, and thus into a new cabin design. The interior elements, which also integrate brand-new features, are therefore deliberately kept multifunctional.”

The floorplan of the Explorer design concept by Lufthansa Technik

The floorplan of the Explorer design concept by Lufthansa Technik

In developing the cabin floorplan, emphasis was placed on a wide range of possible uses. In addition to classic room elements such as bedrooms and guest rooms, bathrooms, offices, dining and conference areas, the study shows a variety of new ideas.

One example is a projection system that covers large areas of the ceiling and sides of the cabin and can thus generate a new design on the walls and ceiling depending on the projection content used, such as an underwater world.

The current design is designed for around 10 to 16 VIP passengers and explicitly focuses on meeting the requirements of these passengers in terms of a maximum positive passenger experience.

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