Say what you will about eccentric billionaires and the ultra-elite, but they undoubtedly have the coolest things to play with. When money and resources no longer become a concern, the limits to what you can make or buy are limited only to your imagination. When it’s normal for houses to become state-of-the-art compounds and yachts to become ultra-luxurious floating cities, it only makes sense that someone would come up with a private jet that defies conventional wisdom. A prime example of this unbridled creativity and opulence is the EXPLORER concept from Lufthansa Technik.
Designed to be your personal “flying hotel,” the EXPLORER concept is essentially the airborne version of a superyacht. The design concept used to come up with the Explorer concept revolves around taking its owners almost anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice while also acting as a personalized hotel and “base camp” during transit. In order to fit all of the five-star amenities they could on the EXPLORER, the designers at Lufthansa Technik chose the wide-bodied Airbus A330. The cabin of the EXPLORER integrates small, lightweight projectors into its sidewall and ceiling elements to create large-scale virtual impressions like a starry sky, a glass ceiling, or even underwater elements to make you feel as if you’re traveling near the ocean floor. Moreover, the specialists at Lufthansa Technik extended the floor in the forward fuselage area outward from the parked aircraft to form a spacious veranda. This way, passengers can take in the beautiful scenery of whatever tarmac upon which they’ve landed.
Most impressively, the folks at Lufthansa Technik have partnered with the iconic automotive tuning shop BRABUS to create a special Mobility Lounge in the aft section of the lower deck to transport, or simply show off, passengers’ vehicles. Of course, the EXPLORER will be outfitted with bedrooms and guest rooms, bathrooms, offices, dining rooms, and conference areas to fit a maximum of 47 passengers. Lufthansa Technik hasn’t begun production on the EXPLORER, however, they offer more information on their glorious flying concept on their website.
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