The incredible Boeing BBJ 777-9 cabin concept 'fit for a king'

Lufthansa Technik’s VVIP Boeing BBJ (or Boeing Business Jet) 777-9 concept is aimed squarely at the Middle East, as Ian Harbison discovers

To launch a new product for a particular world area might seem to be a bit risky but there is a clear logic for Lufthansa Technik, according to Wieland Timm, the company’s Head of Sales for Special Mission Aircraft. Many of the current fleet of government and head of state aircraft in the region have been regular visitors to the Hamburg maintenance base over the years, so there is a familiarity and understanding on both sides.

However, these aircraft, particularly 747s, are ageing and need to be replaced in the not too distant future. The 777-9 is the largest production aircraft available, with its 350m² of floor space making it the perfect baseline for an interior that can provide private accommodation for the leader, public areas for dining or conferences and seating for supporting officials and staff.

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