At the National Business Aviation Assn. convention in Atlanta last fall I saw a scale model of a VIP version of the Boeing 787 and wrote an article about it for Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine. Photos of the that model -- featuring a cutaway roof so you can see the interior -- are on the Business Aviation Showcase photo gallery on this web site. But I didn't see this split-level interior design for a 787 VIP that BMW Group DesignworksUSA has been exhibiting at trade shows since the summer of 2007. (If it was shown at NBAA I missed it).
Well since I doubt there are many billionaires reading this blog, chances are pretty good none of those reading this post will ever get to fly on one of these 787 VIP planes. In fact with the delivery schedule for the 787 VIP -- it will be somewhere into the middle of the next decade before there is another delivery position available.
Boeing reserves just two 787s per year for the VIP program, but as of NBAA in 2007 it had sold the first 13. DesignworksUSA, a design consultant with offices in Los Angeles (and Munich and Singapore), is a subsidiary of BMW Group and does lots of varied design work including projects in the automotive and transportation fields. Boeing Business Jets commissioned this split-level approach to the interior of a 787 VIP.
BMW DesignworksUSA says, "For its - still fictitious - owner, the jet would become a place for inspiration and self-realization." No kidding! A plane with this interior would be quite an impressive thing to see. This is set up for 19 passengers and has an office with the latest communications gear. And everyone needs a main lounge with a cocktail bar on their wide-body business jet, don't you think. Then there is the gourmet kitchen and big-screen theater for entertainment. There's also a master suite, two guest suites, a fitness center with sauna (on an aircraft no less) and a wellness facilities -- all on the lower level.
This is a BMW design, so naturally a section of the cargo hold is reserved for vehicle transportation -- and a glass floor affords the passengers a view of the cars parked below. I wouldn't be surprised to see an aircraft interior like this one show up as a set on the next Bond film.