Lufthansa Technik has unveiled full details and images of its latest cabin concept for the Boeing Business Jets (BBJ) 777-9 aircraft.
The design has been crafted with world leaders and the globe’s richest people in mind with spaces onboard the jet that easily outsize most people’s homes.
The interior covers more than 340 square meters in total and has been named CelestialSTAR by Lufthansa Technik‘s design team.
It was styled 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”.
For the head of state or VVIP onboard their multifunctional private suite is created to act as a cocoon where the “bathroom and sleeping quarters can merge into a self-contained retreat”.
They can wash themselves under the largest rain and massage shower ever designed for a private jet and then jump into a generous king-size bed.
“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. In this way, the feeling of space is maximized by the enormous cabin width of the BBJ 777-9,” Lufthansa Technik said in a statement on November 8, 2023.
Adjacent to the private suite is the Celestial Lounge, through which passengers enter the aircraft like a lobby.
When the corridors are open, the Celestial Lounge merges almost seamlessly into the adjoining conference and dining area.
The 11 individual seats can also be easily rotated from a dining or conference position at the large center table toward the surrounding divans and moved outward for conversations on the side.
“The thoughtful design of the BBJ 777-9 interior created by Lufthansa Technik illustrates the key features of our newest, largest and most capable BBJ on the market,” Alexis Fecteau, Managing Director of Marketing at BBJ, said. “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.”
Guest passenger suites
Since the CelestialSTAR concept primarily targets customers from royal families in the Middle East, who usually fly around the world with large delegations, the second half of the cabin offers generous accommodation.
High-ranking ministers or state guests can be accommodated in the six Deluxe Suites, modern first-class compartments that have been specially adapted to this VVIP cabin design.
For additional passengers, there are also 32 seats in the so-called Executive Area, which corresponds to state-of-the-art business class seating. This is followed at the rear of the cabin by the Entourage Area, a premium economy cabin.
“The BBJ 777-9 is the largest aircraft type newly available on the market and thus simply predestined for its role as successor to the BBJ 747 as the most popular aircraft for heads of state, many of which are among our loyal customers for decades,” said Hassan Gasim, Sales Director Middle East VIP & Special Aircraft Services at Lufthansa Technik.
Gasim added: “Through our close cooperation with Boeing Business Jets and furthermore Lufthansa’s role as launch customer for the new type, we were able to build up extensive technical expertise at an early stage. Therefore, we are pleased to present our valued customers at the Dubai Airshow this once again groundbreaking interior that makes the most of the BBJ 777-9’s size.”
The CelestialSTAR cabin design is the first of its kind to be derived directly from the BBJ 777-9 design data provided by BBJ.
Lufthansa Technik will present all details of CelestialSTAR at the Dubai Airshow from November 13 to 17, including a film and a virtual tour through the cabin at booth #1120.
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