Inside jaw-dropping £325million Lufthansa ‘superyacht for the skies’

An amazing airplane concept that has been dubbed the 'superyacht for the skies' has been unveiled featuring a glass floor and a balcony.

The luxurious plane, called the ‘Explorer’, has been called a personal “flying hotel” by designers at German design studio Lufthansa Technik.

Estimated to cost in the region of £325 million, the aircraft boosts comforts and amenities that you would find in a five star hotel.

As well as futuristic style, the Explorer is almost like a home with a bathroom, bedrooms, office and even a conference area.

The rooms are also multi-purpose and can be changed to create a dining room or even a dancefloor.

Lufthansa Technik says they were looking at how luxury superyachts were constructed and took elements from these boats to bring to air travel.

Jan Grube, Sales Director in Lufthansa Technik's VIP & Special Mission Aircraft Services, said: “We analyzed the typical elements of the Explorer boat class in order to transfer the design idea behind it from the water to the air, and thus into a new cabin design.”

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The Explorer is based on a refurbishment of an Airbus A330, which will be overhauled to create an ideal aircraft for those VIP’s who can afford the hefty price tag.

From their website, they also say the aircraft can hold any special equipment you need to take with you, no matter if it is a wine cellar, laboratory, medical room or even a car.

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Other functions of the aircraft, which can be tailored for customers, include built-in projections designed by Diehl Aerospace on the ceilings that can change from virtual day and night as well as underwater.

Images also revealed the use of the technology to change the space into a nightclub with the roof projection showing multi-coloured disco balls with other lights helping to set the mood.

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Michael Bork, Aircraft Interior Architect in VIP & Special Mission Aircraft Service, said: “We created a unique interior to exploit the full potential of the projection system for private jets. The overall look of a VIP cabin can be changed by a fingertip.”

The most unique feature in the first look at the concept is the inclusion of a balcony, which obviously is only in use on the ground.

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With this space, lucky people can take in views of the entire airport from the tarmac while enjoying a nice drink before they jet off.

The average number of people the aircraft can hold is 12 people but the design can be adapted to allow for 47 passengers.

Lufthansa Technik is already taking orders on the Explorer with an estimated year to fully complete a refurbishment to the required standard.

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