A German design company has come up with the ultimate status symbol, a concept plane savage for one percent of the world.
Called the Explorer, the refurbished A330 has a nightclub, glass floor, gym, garage, four double bedrooms and a veranda (for use on the floor only) .
A projection system also covers the walls and ceiling of the aircraft and will play out a range of backgrounds – including an underwater world and outer space.
Lufthansa Technik is behind the concept and Wieland Timm, VIP Sales Manager & Special Mission Aircraft Services, likens the design to a superyacht.
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“In yacht building, multifunctional exploration vessels have now become a class of their own. And many owners of these ships also call a plane theirs, ”said Timm.
“For this rapidly growing target group of explorers from the VIP world, we have therefore created a flying platform for the first time.
“Unlike a yacht, however, our Explorer plane allows passengers to travel halfway around the world in a matter of hours and set up their own individual base camp for other activities. This opens up completely new possibilities for them. explorers.
The design accommodates 12 passengers, but the concept can be reconfigured to carry up to 47 people.
Lufthansa Technik, which is a sister company of the German airline, showcased the design at the recent Dubai Air Show. Obviously, the plane is not cheap. Its price is over NZ $ 630 million.
The luxury private jet market has exploded during the pandemic, as the wealthy invest in ways to avoid crowds.
In the United States, private jet operators say they have seen an unprecedented increase in business that has nearly brought private jet charters back to pre-pandemic levels.
In New Zealand, demand for private charters also remained strong due to wealthy business travelers.
The pandemic has also not slowed the production and design of luxury aircraft.
In September, Qatar Airways presented the world’s first $ 105 million Gulfstream G700 luxury jet. According to the airline, it has the most spacious cabin in the industry, with “an extra-large galley with lounge or crew compartment, up to five living areas and a spacious and unprecedented large suite with en-suite bathroom. private “.