Amid the Dubai Airshow in November, Lufthansa Technik, Lufthansa Group’s provider of aircraft maintenance, repair, overhaul and modification services, unveiled a new VVIP cabin, that the company says will set a new standard for luxury travel.
Designed in collaboration with Boeing Business Jets (BBJ), the CelestialSTAR is cabin concept for the BBJ 777-9. The spacious interior covers more than 340 square meters in total and is specifically tailored to the requirements of a new generation of VVIP and head-of-state aircraft, while the final designs combine traditional influences from the Middle East’s cultural heritage with a modern twist.
With CelestialSTAR, Lufthansa Technik’s design team aims to emphasize both the contemporary purity and the typical Middle Eastern geometric design patterns as well as the vastness and openness of the sky: a reminiscence not only of the widest cabin among all newly available VVIP aircraft types, but also of the diversity in the Middle Eastern philosophy.
The elegant interior elements maximize personal comfort for passengers onboard the BBJ 777-9, which is capable of flying over 22 hours and connecting any two cities in the world, non-stop.Alexis Fecteau, Managing Director of Marketing at Boeing Business Jets
The flagship feature of the new cabin design is the cocoon-like Private Bed- and Bathroom which, together with the adjacent Work&Balance area, form the multifunctional Private Suite for the VVIPs. In this cocoon, the bathroom and sleeping quarters can merge into a self-contained retreat offering the as much privacy as needed, for example if the passengers want to enjoy the largest rain and massage shower ever designed for a private jet or make themselves comfortable in the king-size bed.
Adapted from Lufthansa Technik’s EXPLORER concept, the projection technology transforms the enclosed cocoon into an almost immersive wellness and entertainment world if required, displaying a wide variety of customized digital content ranging from a cinema screen to 180° impressions of the next travel destination or virtual works of art.
If there is less need for seclusion, rotating and sliding lamellae can open the cocoon to the rest of the cabin to provide access to the exercise or dressing rooms on the side, or simply to allow more daylight into the VVIP area.
The Work&Balance area adjoining the cocoon also makes full use of the cabin width and is designed to be multifunctional. In the two flexibly rotating and sliding seats, guests here can not only gather around the large VVIP desk for audiences, but also turn and move their seats to the side divans for conversations with additional guests. A cleverly integrated swivel mechanism also allows the surface area of the tables in front of the divans to be expanded as needed.
Adjacent to the Private Suite is the Celestial Lounge, through which passengers enter the aircraft like a lobby, with an integrated bar for refreshments and several seating arrangements.