The complete design is set to be unveiled at the Dubai Airshow in November, targeting Middle Eastern governments. It encompasses a blend of traditional cultural elements with a contemporary twist.
Lufthansa Technik VIP 777-9
Wieland Timm, the Head of Sales for VIP & Special Aircraft Services, stated that Lufthansa Technik anticipates the Boeing 777-9 to supplant the B747-8 as Boeing’s premier choice for governmental aircraft, particularly in the Middle East, where many Boeing 747s are already in service.
The forward section of the cabin is dedicated to a private VVIP area, featuring an expandable private bedroom, bathroom, private office, and gym. Towards the rear is a cabin for official delegations, comprising first-class, business-class, and economy-class sections.
Detailed imagery of these sections is yet to be disclosed.
As of now, the company has shared images of the entrance area and a spacious central section that includes a “majlis” designed for meetings or dining occasions.
The “majlis” configuration provides seating for 11 individuals around a table, with one seat designated as the master seat. According to Timm, this setup aligns with the common composition of the inner circle of travelers for this type of aircraft.
The design incorporates in-flight entertainment (IFE) and projection technologies for enhanced functionality.
To guarantee the practicality of the design, Lufthansa Technik created it using 777-9 data sourced from Boeing. Timm highlights certain disparities between the 777-9 fuselage and that of the Boeing 777, necessitating careful consideration during the design process.
“When presenting a design concept, it’s imperative that it remains grounded in reality,” Timm clarifies. “Furthermore, its adaptability is essential since each government holds distinct preferences regarding the number of occupants.”
Regarding undisclosed design aspects, Timm reveals that the image projection system, which gained significant attention in the company’s Explorer design concept, will be integrated into the private VVIP bedroom.
Further, Timm notes that the design received an overwhelmingly positive response at EBACE 2023, where it was initially unveiled. He projects that the entire preparation and completion process will span between 15 to 18 months, depending on the selected features.
“For those interested in a personalized design, now is an opportune time to initiate discussions and embark on its development,” Timm concludes.
More Important Features
Additional notable attributes of the cabin encompass:
Door Frames: The cabin incorporates door frames designed in an artistic manner, aligning with the aesthetics of contemporary Middle Eastern residences.
Contemporary Flair: Taking inspiration from modern six-star hotels, the entrance area showcases a contemporary ambiance. In essence, the entire cabin caters to the preferences of the upcoming generation.
Further, Timm explains, “They desire a fusion of tradition and European elegance. This design philosophy echoes the architectural trends seen in new hotels, office complexes, and palaces throughout the region.”
Divans: Leveraging the aircraft’s width, four divans are integrated into the majlis, each positioned in a corner. Timm elaborates, “These divans facilitate separate discussions or dining sessions.
Further, seats from the dining table can be easily relocated to the divans. Thereby creating four distinct conversation zones within the room. Subsequently, the spaciousness of the Boeing 777 makes this arrangement achievable.”
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