Sky high style
A specialist in VIP and executive aircraft design, Lufthansa Technik, jetted in to Dubai last month to unveil a brand new concept in plane interiors to the Middle Eastern market.
A specialist in VIP and executive aircraft design, Lufthansa Technik, jetted in to Dubai last month to unveil a brand new concept in plane interiors to the Middle Eastern market. The company has partnered with Andrew Winch Designs to create a luxury interior concept for Boeing’s newest aircraft — the cutting edge 787 Dreamliner.
Well known for his luxury yacht interiors, Winch has translated his experience in this field into the area of jet design. Winch has maximised the 2,800 ft² of available floor space to create a sumptuous interior designed for maximum comfort and enjoyment, which Lufthansa Technik hopes will attract the attention of executive jet owners and operators in the region.
Features of the new interior include a vast number of sleeping berths: thirty-two lie flat beds are available throughout the cabin, nine of which are doubles. The lounge incorporates three multifunctional seating areas with generous sofas and fully reclining armchairs, providing seating for 12 people. A coffee table at each seating area raises and converts into a dining table to enable the areas to be used for additional informal dining. The room can also be arranged in a modern ‘majlis’ style configuration.
Two ensuite guest cabins contain generously proportioned single beds, which can be converted into double beds. A third Pullman bunk can be hinged down from the inboard wall. Ensuite bathrooms include showers and a leather bench over the toilet. An additional VIP suite encompasses a queen size bed, 42” plasma screen and dedicated dressing room with shower.
A prime feature of the aircraft is the dining and conference room with full communication facilities. The centrally located dining table seats 10, and a 42” plasma screen has been designed to rise up from behind the table. Technology has been incorporated throughout the design, however the integrated movie theatre with reclining cinema seats, pivoting chaise lounges and bar is no doubt one of the most impressive features on the aircraft.
“We are convinced that we are presenting one of the most elegant interiors ever, with a maritime flavour. Yachts and aircraft have many similarities in design. Yachts are cruising homes floating on the oceans of the world while aircraft are flying homes developed in every detail to meet the same requirements in the air,” commented Walter Heerdt, senior vice president, marketing and sales of Lufthansa Technik.
“The primary thing that we bring to every project and especially onboard a plane with the scope and space of the 787 is to listen to the client and understand what he actually wants to have onboard his aircraft — how he wants to utilise it, what lifestyle he wants to enjoy onboard and who he plans to invite onto the plane. We leave no millimetre of space or idea unturned to create a unique project onboard the new 787.”