On May 18th, at European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Lufthansa Technik presented an exclusive extension of its new wide-body VIP cabin concept Explorer: The Brabus Adventure Lounge enables on-site excursions with motorcycles carried on board and exclusively staged.
The Explorer design concept was first unveiled at the Monaco Yacht Show in September of 2021. It is based on the current trend for super yachts that fulfill two wishes for their owners: To take them almost anywhere at any time, and to serve them at their destination as an individual hotel and base camp for a wide variety of leisure activities and excursions.
This flying platform provides its guests with a very individual base camp for further activities anywhere in the world.Jan Grube, Sales Director in VIP & Special Mission Aircraft Services
Lufthansa Technik’s specialists have chosen the Airbus A330 as the platform for realizing these customer wishes in private aviation. As a classic wide body aircraft, it offers sufficient space for a large number of novel cabin ideas and also a sufficiently large range to fulfill the special wishes of the Explorer target group.
In developing the cabin floor plan, Lufthansa Technik placed the emphasis on a wide range of possible use cases to do business as well as to enjoy life and explore the world with family and friends. Interior elements are kept multi-functional. In addition to classic elements such as private bedrooms, bathrooms and conference areas Lufthansa Technik also developed a variety of new ideas for your mission briefings, dining, fitness or even a dance floor and SPA area.
By integrating the unique ceiling projection system of Diehl Aerospace, Lufthansa Technik has created a breathtaking interior that exploits the technology`s full potential for a VIP cabin. For the first time, guests can bring a variety of atmospheres into your private jet – depending on your mood and occasion. The system covers huge areas of the ceiling and sidewalls where it brings an endless variety of virtual worlds to life.
Brabus Adventure Lounge
In collaboration with world renowned luxury mobility brand Brabus, a special Adventure Lounge has been designed in the rear part of the lower deck, which can be viewed from the main deck through a glass floor. Similar to a “Tenders & Toys Garage” of a super yacht, a selection of additional vehicles can be stored here for discovery tours after landing. The new Explorer design features the first and strictly limited Brabus motorcycle, the Brabus 1300 R, created in collaboration with leading Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM.
As part of the exclusive partnership, the featured Brabus 1300R models will presented to guests and passengers. The Brabus Adventure Lounge can be accessed from the main deck via a convenient staircase. The expansion of this lounging to include an area for servicing the mobile treasures or housing additional “mobility equipment” can be easily represented.
We created a unique interior to exploit the full potential of the projection system for private jets. The overall look of a VIP cabin can be changed by a fingertipMichael Bork, Aircraft Interior Architect in VIP & Special Aircraft Service
For the Brabus Adventure Lounge, the corresponding area in the cargo hold was designed in such a way that both the safe and appealing transport of the motorcycles is possible and the passengers also have access to their treasures. It is possible to build on an existing solution for the crew rest areas, which already includes solutions for stairs and access hatches to the cargo. Another area of focus is the safe transport of equipment of all kinds. Here, existing features and procedures for transporting cargo on board such aircraft must be taken into account.
Wieland Timm, head of sales for VIP and special mission aircraft at Lufthansa Technik, told CNN that the target group for the Explorer “the rather ‘classic’ ultra-rich individuals traveling and exploring the world in utmost luxury and –most of all– privacy, but also charter operators of such high-class luxury travels (offering, for example, 14-day round-the-world trips in a price range from $100,000 to $200,000 per week).”
He added that so far the response has been overwhelmingly positive and they’ve already had inquiries from customers looking to implement one or more of the Explorer’s features into their current cabin projects.