Wow: Private A220 Jet Concept Comes Complete With Observation Deck

The Airbus ACJ TwoTwenty is a hotly anticipated private jet, with plenty of space for interesting cabin touches. One such interesting concept was unveiled by Lufthansa Technik – a design with a minimalistic, clean, and natural ambiance. Most excitingly, the concept has an in-built ‘observation deck,’ allowing passengers a pilots eye view of the world outside.

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A view that is rarely seen from any other aircraft. Photo: Lufthansa Technik

A different ACJ220 concept

When Airbus touted its corporate jet version of its popular A220 – the ACJ TwoTwenty – the aircraft flew off the shelves like the proverbial hot cake. In just 24 hours, Airbus had clocked six orders for the private jet. Two were snapped up by Comlux, a well-known corporate jet interior specialist, while the other four were ordered by unidentified customers.

Now, the latest report from Airbus shows that eight TwoTwentys in total have been ordered – six of the smaller A220-100 and two A220-300s. None have been delivered yet, although Airbus is cracking on with the construction of the first. Part of the deal with Comlux was that it would be the exclusive supplier for cabins on the first 15 ACJ TwoTwenty, but that doesn’t stop other companies from developing cool concepts for this capable airplane.

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Lufthansa Technik’s design focuses on light, airy and natural finishes. Photo: Lufthansa Technik

Lufthansa Technik, well known for creating jaw-dropping cabin concepts, floated a design for the ACJ TwoTwenty at the Monaco Yacht Show in 2019. The concept not only embraces a minimalist, fresh approach to luxury living, it also features what is perhaps the most tantalizing of all features we’ve seen on a private jet – an ‘observation deck.’

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Photo: Lufthansa Technik

Seeing beyond the usual

Usually the preserve of pilots only, the view out of the cockpit of an aircraft is really something quite special. Whether it’s flying towards a beautiful sunrise or overflying a sprawling city, it’s a special outlook that most of us have never experienced, but Lufthansa wants to change all that.

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Photo: Lufthansa Technik

The ‘observation deck’ consists of a comfortable seating area, lightly paneled with natural wood and a natural wood floor. From here, guests can see right through the cockpit and out to the stunning views beyond. The room is open to the cockpit.

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Photo: Lufthansa Technik

For the security and privacy of the pilots, there is still a cockpit door, only further back in the cabin. Beyond that, the concept continues its theme of natural simplicity, doing away with the typical garish marble and gold in favor of wood, canvas, and cotton.

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Photo: Lufthansa Technik

To maintain the minimalist look, Lufthansa Technik has kept all the frills and peripherals out of sight as much as possible. Screens pop up from cabin walls, media equipment is housed in what look like blocks of stone, and everything has an air of tropical beach hut.

In order to reduce the amount of clutter required on the plane, many elements have been designed to be multi-functional. A DJ station can become a gaming interface or a table for a buffet, while the long benches are functional day beds, providing extra overnight accommodation for several lucky guests.

All in, it’s a different take on the private jet concept, resulting in a fresh and unique finish.

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