These are the spectacular renders of a refurbished Airbus A330 wide-body jet that’s been dubbed a ‘superyacht for the skies’.
Created by German design studio Lufthansa Technik, each £325m refurbishment project would see a standard passenger airliner turned into a luxury party plane.
Including a discotheque, glass floor and a balcony, the design team say it would be less of a plane and more of a ‘multifunctional exploration vessel’ that just happens to fly.
Known as the ‘Explorer’ the central lounge area has a projection system built into the walls and ceilings, displaying virtual day and night skies.
It can also show off architectural forms or an ‘animated underwater world’.
Away from the projections, each revamped luxury jet would offer bedrooms and guestrooms that would provide passengers with ‘all comforts and amenities that they can expect from a five-star hotel on the ground’.
The concept also showcases offices, a bar, a dining area and a conference space, as well as several bathrooms.
And there’s that aforementioned balcony that will be extended while the plane is on the ground to give people a great view of…err.. the airport.
The plane can carry up to 12 ‘VIP passengers’, but the studio said it could vary the design to accommodate up to 47 people.
Despite being a plane, the concept was first unveiled at the Monaco Yacht Show in September.
Wieland Timm, Head of Sales VIP & Special Mission Aircraft Services at Lufthansa Technik, says: ‘In yacht building, multifunctional exploration vessels have now become a class in their own right. And many owners of such vessels also call an aircraft their own.
‘For this fast-growing target group of VIP world explorers, we have therefore now created a flying platform for the first time.
‘Unlike a yacht, however, our Explorer aircraft allows passengers to travel to the other side of the globe within hours and set up their own individual base camp for further activities. This opens up completely new possibilities for explorers.’
If you know a millionaire keen to get one of these designs sorted for themselves, the studio is taking orders now and estimates it could take about a year for the refurbishments to be completed.
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