Lufthansa Technik has unveiled the cabin design for Boeing’s newest business jet.
The interior includes luxurious finishes such as a private bedroom, rain shower and first-class suites.
The more than $400 million BBJ 777X was unveiled in 2018 and is expected to enter service in 2025.
Ahead of the Dubai Air Show last month, Lufthansa Technik AG unveiled a new luxury design for its upcoming Boeing BBJ 777-9 business jet.
Boeing Business Jets is the company’s private aviation arm and produces a range of private jets based on its commercial jets, including the BBJ 737 MAX, BBJ 787, and the upcoming BBJ 777X.
Dubbed CelestialSTAR and aimed primarily at Middle Eastern royal families, the design of the long-awaited 777X looks like a palace with a modern feel.
It will cover more than 3,600 square feet of living space and is “custom.”Specifically designed to meet the requirements of the new generation of VIP and Head of State aircraft.”
The wealthy could start enjoying the cabin as early as 2025 once the 777X enters service, which comes after years of production delays.
Take a look at the design.
The BBJ 777-9 is part of the 777X family, which has been in production since 2013.
Other versions in development are the 777-8 and 777-9 passenger aircraft, and the 777-8F freighter.
The BBJ version was unveiled in 2018.
The aircraft, worth more than $400 million, is expected to make its maiden flight with Emirates in 2025.
Boeing faced countless challenges while developing its 777X.
These challenges include the pandemic, supply chain issues, and the 737 MAX crash, with Boeing estimating in July that the program has at least $1 billion in “abnormal costs.”
Despite the delay, the 777X received hundreds of orders, including the first order for the BBJ 777X in May 2023.
Airlines, including Qatar Airways, Lufthansa, Etihad Airways, Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific Airways, have more than 360 orders for the 777X.
Emirates added another 90 777X aircraft to its order book during the Dubai Air Show, bringing the total order backlog to 205 twin-engine aircraft, Investors Business Daily reported.
The giant plane is expected to host dignitaries such as celebrities and heads of state, so it will need a luxurious interior design to suit its customers.
For the first order of the BBJ 777-9, the company did not disclose the buyer but said governments typically buy large business jets like these, FlightGlobal said.
“The BBJ 777-9 is the largest aircraft type newly available on the market and therefore pre-designed for its role as the successor to the BBJ 747 as the most popular aircraft for heads of state, many of whom have been among our loyal customers for decades,” said Hassan Qasim, BBJ Sales Director. Lufthansa Technik Middle East and VIP private jet services.
Lufthansa Technik explained that the main feature of the design is the private suite.
The giant space includes a private bedroom, bathroom, and “work and balance” area.
Specifically, this “cocoon” can “merge into an independent sanctuary” thanks to sliding doors.
Lufthansa Technik points out that the plane’s specially designed windows make guests feel at home and not at an altitude of 30,000 feet.
Doors lead to the full bathroom with huge rain shower.
According to Lufthansa Technik, the rain and massage shower is the largest ever designed for a business jet.
The 777X’s circular wing can also be converted into an entertainment center.
Special technology can create an “immersive world of health and entertainment.”
Movie screens, 180-degree photos of the next travel destination and digital art can be installed inside the cocoon, according to Lufthansa Technik.
Meanwhile, the ‘work and balance’ area adjacent to the wing makes use of the aircraft’s massive cabin width and is designed to be multi-functional.
The Boeing 777X will have one of the widest cabins of any twin-engine airliner, giving designers plenty of room to work with.
Notice the trapezoidal wall decor at the back of this office-like space, which can be closed using an “invisible mechanism.”
The room also includes two swivel chairs, two sofas and a head desk.
The main lounge and workspace are separated from the rest of the aircraft by the Celestial Lounge.
According to Lufthansa Technik, this room creates a “perfect first impression” and is intended to serve as a warm welcome for VIP guests.
This room is essentially the plane’s lounge, complete with a bar and sofas.
“The intermediate doors aesthetically and acoustically protect guests from the aircraft cabin’s exterior functional doors, creating an overall pleasant feeling of abundant space,” the company explained.
Behind the sky lounge is the “conference and dining” room.
Lufthansa Technik took inspiration from the Middle East for the design of the 777X, and this particular room meets the requirements of a “majlis” or “traditional Middle Eastern gathering and meeting room,” according to the company.
A built-in table means guests can use the space for dining or conferences, and the chairs can swivel as needed.
The conference design has screens that can be lowered to the table to create a dining area, according to Lufthansa Technik.
Because the luxury cabin is aimed at Middle Eastern royal families, a few passenger cabins were created to host a large entourage.
The first half of the plane is mostly for living and meetings, while the second half is reserved for passenger seating for people like “consulting staff or other staff.”
This includes six First Class Deluxe Suites, as well as 32 Business Class seats and 36 Premium Economy Class seats.
Designed for “senior ministers or state guests”, Lufthansa Technik’s “Luxury Suites” are located at the front of the cabin, which are cabins resembling first-class cabins.
The business class cabin is known as the “Executive Area”, while the Premium Economy cabin is known as the “Entourage Area”.
“The CelestialSTAR cabin design is the first to be drawn directly from BBJ 777-9 design data provided by Boeing Business Jets,” the company said. “This ensures the technical feasibility of the design from the beginning because only 100% correct dimensions were used as a basis.”
Lufthansa Technik is not the only company to have released an internal concept of the 777X.
Three design firms, Greenpoint Technologies, Jet Aviation and Unique Aircraft Design, released designs for the 777X cabins in 2018, which include similarly luxurious bedrooms, lounges and bathrooms.