The latest interior concepts for A380 VIP versions have been completed by Lufthansa Technik, which this week signed a preliminary agreement for cooperation with Airbus on cabin completion projects for the 21st century flagship jetliner.
Using its extensive cabin interior experience on aircraft that include the Airbus Corporate Jetliner and A340 Prestige, Lufthansa Technik has developed a multi-zone use of the A380's main and upper decks - which together provide nearly 900 square meters (10,000 square ft.) of cabin floor space.
In Lufthansa Technik's concept, the A380's main deck includes a forward lounge, meeting rooms, the main galley, a large royal lounge, and a dedicated dining/conference area. In the aft section is first and business class seating, which would be occupied by support personnel.
The upper deck would be proposed for use primarily by the aircraft's owner/principal user and invited guests, with access to this level via a private staircase from the main deck. A private lounge incorporating several divans is located in the forward portion of the upper deck, along with a full galley and buffet. The mid-section houses two guest rooms with bathrooms and showers. This is followed by the private zone for the A380's owner/principal user, which includes an office, a bedroom with dressing area, a bathroom and a wellness area that includes a steam bath and exercise machines.
Located in the upper deck's aft cabin is a separate section with economy class seating, as well as crew rest areas and a kitchen. This aft section is accessed by a rear cabin spiral staircase from the main deck, guaranteeing the privacy of the upper deck's primary users.
"I have no doubt there is a market for VIP versions of the A380, and we believe the requirement exists for at least 3 to 5 aircraft," said Walter Heerdt, Lufthansa Technik's Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales. "The A380 truly gives VIP aircraft completion a new dimension, and it opens exciting possibilities for the interior design and outfitting."