NBAA: LHT offers new „Executive Shuttle“ VIP interior concept
Lufthansa Technik has further increased its product portfolio of VIP cabin concepts for a price-sensitive customer clientele and is now offering its „Executive Shuttle“ concept for aircraft of the Airbus A320 and the Boeing 737 families with an airline interior.
Based on appropriate enquiries from different potential VIP customers the „Executive Shuttle“ concept offers a large variety of cabin designs for executive shuttle services within a manageable budget. Lufthansa Technik’s Creative Design department has developed 20 different cabin layouts for both aircraft families, reaching from an all business / first class configuration to more sophisticated versions with sleeping options, meeting and dining areas or private rooms.
Walter Heerdt, Senior Vice President VIP & Executive Jet Solutions at Lufthansa Technik said: „We see a concrete demand for our „Executive Shuttle“ concept. Prospective customers from different regions are looking for possibilities to offer their special guests an exclusive on-board ambience while using the aircraft for their executive shuttle service. At the same time the interior design and completion of these executive shuttles must stay within a reasonable financial investment. We think that our concept meets exactly these customer requirements. It also could be used as a second life for pre-owned narrow body aircraft, making partial use of refurbished existing airline cabin interior.“
Given the expected high interest level in the Executive Shuttle concept in Asia, Lufthansa Technik will cooperate with Asian Sky Group, a well established aviation consulting company in the Asia-Pacific which is headquartered in Hong Kong but has a significant presence through the region.
„The Executive Shuttle concept and price-point is based on either a pre-owned 737 or A320 aircraft. Asian Sky Group’s expertise in evaluating and acquiring pre-owned aircraft will be an important support feature therefore for Asian customers. Asian Sky Group looks forward to working with Lufthansa Technik on this exciting product“, says Jeffrey C. Lowe, General Manager, Asian Sky Group.
Lufthansa Technik offers configurations from 20 to 52 passengers for the Airbus A320 family and 20 to 56 passengers for the Boeing 737 family. The turn-around-time for the cabin refurbishment will reach from two to six months, depending on the selected interior variant. The refurbishment will be carried out at Lufthansa Technik’s VIP completion centers.
The „Executive Shuttle“ is the latest step of Lufthansa Technik to increase its product portfolio for a price-sensitive customer clientele. At EBACE 2014 Lufthansa Technik already launched „Leadership Select“, a modular cabin concept for Airbus and Boeing narrow body aircraft. „Leadership Select“ offers a large variety of configurations and is mission optimized with regards to cabin interior weight, seating comfort, sufficient stowage volume and the integration of client oriented features for maximum comfort and usability, like a king size bed, vanity table, master bathroom with full size shower and a private office.