Lufthansa has unveiled new Business Class seats that it will be available on select Airbus A350s.
Lufthansa has taken delivery of a few ex-Philippine Airlines Airbus A350s. Philippine Airlines was in a bankruptcy protection in late 2021 and was looking to downsize, and so it offloaded some A350s from its fleet. Lufthansa took advantage of this opportunity and acquired these aircraft, presumably at a very discounted price.
These A350s featured a 1-2-1 configured Business Class cabin. Lufthansa, which generally offers a 2-2-2 configured Business Class cabin onboard its A350s, has decided not to reconfigure the Business Class cabin and keep the 1-2-1 configuration. This means that this is the first time in the airline’s history that it is offering every Business Class passenger a direct aisle access.
New Business Class seats
The first of these aircraft, registered D-AIVC, was christened yesterday at Munich Airport by the Bavarian Minister President Dr. Markus Söder. The “Munich” is the first aircraft in the Lufthansa fleet to offer its guests an improved Business Class.
All the seats have direct aisle access and can be converted into a two-meter-long bed. The German carrier states that the new seat offers more storage space and passengers have significantly more space in the shoulder area.
Lufthansa states that the introduction of this new Business Class is just the first of many steps of its extensive cabin renewal program. Next year, the airline will introduce new Economy, Premium Economy, Business and First Class seats.
Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, said:
The A350 is the quietest and most fuel-efficient long-haul aircraft in our fleet. With a significantly improved Business Class on board, this aircraft also represents the beginning of one of the largest product modernizations in Lufthansa’s history. This aircraft is sustainable and offers customers a premium flight experience. The “Munich” is a worthy ambassador of the Bavarian capital to the world.
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Sixth aircraft to be named “Munich”
The A350 is already the sixth aircraft to be christened with the city’s name. This means that Lufthansa can already look back on more than six decades of flying with a “Munich”. On 11th October 1960, a Lufthansa aircraft was named after the Bavarian capital for the first time. The “godchild” at the time, a Boeing B707 with the registration D-ABOF, was christened at what was then Munich-Riem Airport. The godmother was Ilse Vogel, wife of the then Lord Mayor Dr. Hans-Jochen Vogel. The fifth “Munich” was the Airbus A380 with the registration D-AIMB, which was christened by Edith von Welser-Ude on 28th July 2010 and which is no longer part of the Lufthansa fleet.
Where will the new Business Class fly?
The Airbus A350s with the new Business Class will be deployed on flights from Munich to Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver in Canada.
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