The concept of an airplane with an “underwater” cabin



(CNN) – Passengers on private jets could soon travel through the air and “underwater” at the same time thanks to a unique new cabin concept.

Aircraft overhaul and maintenance specialist Lufthansa Technik has just unveiled renderings of a new cabin design (pictured above) for the Airbus Corporate Jet ACJ330 that allows people on board to “discover the world ” along the way.

The “Explorer” cabin concept is inspired by explorer superyachts, which tend to be purpose-built or converted to ensure long-distance cruises to remote parts of the world.

Designed to accommodate around 10 to 16 passengers, its main goal is to offer the most positive passenger experience possible to those on board, according to the German company.

“Over the past few months, we have intensively analyzed the visual context and typical elements of the Explorer class of boats in order to transfer the design idea behind it from the water to the air, and thus into a new cabin design ”, explains Jan Grube, sales manager of the VIP & Special Mission Aircraft Services division of Lufthansa Technik.

“The interior elements, which also incorporate completely new functionalities, are therefore deliberately kept multifunctional. “

Projection system

Along with the classic elements that are typically found on private jets, such as bedrooms, bathrooms and even offices and dining rooms, the “Explorer” design features a projection system that can cover up to the floor. interior walls and ceilings with just about any type of setting. desire to edge, including an underwater world.

While the finer details of the cabin concept are still being worked out, the first renderings were presented to potential buyers at this week’s Monaco Yacht Show, which runs September 22-25, and sparked a strong market interest, according to the Lufthansa Technik team. The final launch of the new cabin will take place at the 2021 Dubai Airshow in November.

Although the purpose of the design is simply to present the “technical and design possibilities” of the wide-body cabin to customers, Lufthansa Technik says it would take between 18 and 24 months to fully design and complete this particular concept if a buyer had to order it. directly from them.

The project comes as private jets continue to grow in popularity, with Florida-based private aviation company FlyEliteJets reporting a 150% increase in bookings since the start of the pandemic and global aviation company VistaJet recording an increase of 65% of the demand for global flight hours through its brands since last March.

And it’s not just private charter flights that are skyrocketing – the number of private jet owners around the world is also growing rapidly.

Last month, the International Aircraft Dealers Association reported a 52% increase in second-quarter sales, with members selling 320 used private jets in the second quarter of 2021, up from 211 sold in the first three months of the year. year.

In fact, the demand is so great that there are simply not enough jets available for the market.

A July report from jet broker Colibri Aircraft indicated that only 4.7% of used private jets were currently on sale, the lowest amount since the 1980s.

Top image credit: Lufthansa Technik AG


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