Lufthansa has released the first pictures of its new premium cabin products that will be introduced on its Boeing 787-9s, Airbus A350s, 777-9s, and as a retrofit on the 747-8 as well. The new suites and seats are part of a $2.5 billion investment until 2025 in cabins and services, the largest in Lufthansa’s history. Lufthansa unveils new premium cabins.
Top of the bill of the Allegris product is the new First Class suite, of which more details will be shared early next year. It is the first time Lufthansa has opted for a suite with privacy doors, that almost reach the ceiling. The almost one-meter-wide seat can be converted into a fully flat bed. There is storage space next to the side walls and each suite has a personal wardrobe. Lufthansa also promises a new dining experience with new gourmet menus.
Lufthansa announced earlier that it will also revamp Business Class. The new product will have suites with 1.14-meter high sidewalls that can fully close for more privacy. All seats have direct access to the aisle, in contrast to the current BC seat. Seats in the center of the cabin are in rows with a 1-2-1 position front to back, giving passengers who book the single seat even more privacy. The outer rows use the staggered principle of one seat at the window at the other at the aisle. Each seat comes with a 27-inch screen, a personal wardrobe, and ample storage space.
The new Business Class offers aisle access to all seats. The single seats in the center come with extra space. (Lufthansa)
Lufthansa has been flying around with different Business Class configurations: its own, the Thompson one on the four A350s that it inherited from Philippine Airlines, and the Collins seats on five former Hainan Airlines 787-9s. The first Dreamliner has been delivered and is currently doing domestic familiarization flights, with four more aircraft to join the airline in the coming weeks. Both Thompson and Collins seats already offer direct aisle access.
Lufthansa will introduce the Premium Economy seats that fly already at SWISS. (Lufthansa)
Lufthansa will also adopt the new Premium Economy seats that were introduced at subsidiary SWISS this spring. They offer extra leg room, a fold-out leg rest, and come with a 15.6-inches monitor.
New in Economy Class is what Lufthansa calls the Sleepers Row 2.0, which are the seats in the first rows of Economy. The reclining seat is forty percent larger than the first iteration of the Sleepers Row. By folding up the leg rest, passengers get additional space. A mattress is also offered.
Economy Class will get Sleeper Row 2.0 seats with more legroom. (Lufthansa)
The cabin upgrade to the Allegris product includes more than 30.000 seats on 100 widebody aircraft. The huge investment is required as Lufthansa wants to improve its premium product, says CEO Carsten Spohr in a media statement: “We want to set new, unprecedented standards for our guests. The largest investment in premium products in our company’s history underpins our claim to continue to be the leading Western premium airline in the future.”
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