CelestialSTAR – Setting a new standard for VVIP cabins in the BBJ 777-9

posted on 8th November 2023 by Eddie Saunders
CelestialSTAR – Setting a new standard for VVIP cabins in the BBJ 777-9

On the occasion of the Dubai Airshow starting next week, Lufthansa Technik AG, in collaboration with Boeing Business Jets (BBJ), has now unveiled full details of its latest VVIP cabin concept for the BBJ 777-9.

The new renderings of this spacious interior, which covers more than 340 square meters in total, present a design specifically tailored to the requirements of a new generation of VVIP and head[1]of-state aircraft.

The final designs combine traditional influences from the Middle East’s cultural heritage with a modern twist, and now reveal for the first time the name of this new concept.

With CelestialSTAR, Lufthansa Technik’s design team aims 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.

The flagship feature of the new cabin design are the cocoon-like Private Bed- and Bathroom which, together with the adjacent Work&Balance area, form the multifunctional Private Suite for the VVIPs.

In this cocoon, the bathroom and sleeping quarters can merge into a self-contained retreat offering the greatest possible privacy if required, for example if the VVIP passengers want to enjoy the largest rain and massage shower ever designed for a private jet or make themselves comfortable in the generous king-size bed.

Adapted from Lufthansa Technik’s EXPLORER concept, the sophisticated projection technology transforms the enclosed cocoon into an almost immersive wellness and entertainment world if required, displaying a wide variety of customized digital content ranging from a cinema screen to 180° impressions of the next travel destination or virtual works of art.

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.

“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,” said Alexis Fecteau, Managing Director of Marketing at Boeing Business Jets.

“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.”

“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.

“ 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.”