Lufthansa Technik sets sail with the Explorer concept


Lufthansa Technik has revealed Explorer, an aircraft cabin study for the long-haul ACJ330 with a nautical-themed design inspired by the luxury and liberty afforded by the superyachts that some bizjet owners enjoy. The design process is in its final stages, with the complete study ¬- and a few surprises – due to be presented at Dubai Air Show in November 2021.

Lufthansa Technik expects to receive strong customer interest in the design. “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 for VIP & special mission aircraft services at 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 the same division, played a role in the development of the study. He explained, “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.”

When developing the cabin floorplan the design team placed emphasis on enabling a wide range of possible uses to satisfy around 10 to 16 VIP passengers. In addition to classic room elements such as bedrooms and guest rooms, bathrooms, offices, dining and conference areas, a few new ideas were incorporated into the study. One example is a projection system that covers large areas of the cabin ceiling and sidewalls and can generate any design on these surfaces, such as an underwater world.

The floorplan of the Explorer design concept by Lufthansa Technik

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