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Exploring the world on the go

Aircraft overhaul and maintenance specialist Lufthansa Technik has shared images of a new cabin design for the Airbus Corporate Jet ACJ330 that allows occupants to “explore the world” during the journey.

The “Explorer” cabin concept was inspired by explorer superyachts specially built or converted for long-haul voyages to isolated parts of the world.

According to the German company, flights will be very colorful thanks to the new cabin designs, which are designed to accommodate around 10 to 16 passengers and whose primary purpose is to provide passengers with the best experience. Thanks to the new generation cabins, private jet charter companies will be able to offer their passengers different interior design opportunities.

Jan Grube, sales director in Lufthansa Technik’s VIP and Special Aircraft Services division, said: “Over the last few months, we have extensively analyzed the visual context and typical elements of the Explorer boat class to create the infrastructure of the new design idea. After these analyzes, we worked on the cabin design that will make the journeys very enjoyable and colorful.”

Projection system

Alongside the classic elements typically found in private jets such as bedrooms, bathrooms and even offices and dining areas, the “Explorer” design will feature a projection system that can cover interior walls and ceilings in just about any setting. Thanks to this projection, concepts such as an underwater world or a journey in space will be presented to passengers.

While the fine details of the cabin concept are still being worked on, the first design examples for potential buyers were shown at the Monaco Yacht Show held between 22-25 September and attracted great interest from the visitors of the fair. Lufthansa Technik will present the final launch of the new cabin at the 2021 Dubai Airshow in November.

While the intent of the design is solely to provide customers with the “technical and design possibilities” of the wide-body cabin, Lufthansa Technik says it will take 18 to 24 months to fully design and complete this particular concept if a buyer orders it.

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Boom in the private jet demand

Private airplane hiring sector, which has been on a great rise during the pandemic period, wants to provide better experiences to its customers by embarking on a quest with the increase in customer potential. Florida-based private aviation company FlyEliteJets reports that there has been a 150 percent increase in bookings since the beginning of the pandemic, while the global aviation company VistaJet states that there has been a 65 percent increase in global flight demand. While these increases continue, the “Explorer” design, which will breathe life into the journeys, seems to bring a breath of fresh air to the private jet sector.

In addition to the rise in private jet charter services, the number of private jet owners in the world is also increasing rapidly. Thanks to these new generation cabins, private jet buyers will be able to create the interior designs they want to see.