Lufthansa is on target to finish its long haul fleet cabin upgrade, with the new Premium Economy seats, later this year.
Today, experts from Lufthansa Technik have completed another the installation of the new class seats in an Airbus A340-300 – with the registration D-AIGO. So far a total of 53 aircraft now offer approximately 2,000 new extra comfort seats in Premium Economy Class. These new seats are in a separate cabin on the various aircraft.
The aircraft have been refitted in order of type. All the latest Boeing 747-8 and Airbus A380 aircraft, on routes from the Frankfurt hub, already have Premium Economy cabins on board. A total of 15 of the Airbus A340-600 aircraft, based in Munich and both A340-300 aircraft in Dusseldorf have also been equipped with the new seats.
Lufthansa jets are already flying to the 33 most important long-haul airports with Premium Economy on board. The destinations include New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Sao Paolo, Beijing, Singapore and Hong Kong. The first passenger ratings for this new cabin class have shown a high level of satisfaction – the seating comfort, the service and the excellent value for money have been praised.
The remaining Airbus A330-300, A340-300, A340-600 and Boeing 747-400 aircraft will be upgraded in the coming weeks. It is hoped that all the new seats will be fitted to the fleet by autumn 2015.
The seat is up to three centimetres wider depending on the type of aircraft. In addition, the separate wide armrest for each seat and the centre console between the seats ensure extra privacy and a total of about 10 centimetres more space to the side.
The backrest can be tilted further back and the seat spacing is much more generous at 38 inches or 97 centimetres. Personal space has increased by about half compared to Economy Class.
The adjustable headrest can be folded at the sides to give a comfortable support. Height adjustable footrests from the second row and leg supports with an integrated footrest in the front row provide additional comfort.
With two pieces of luggage up to 23 kg, each passenger has twice as much free baggage allowance as in Economy Class.
For a surcharge of 25 euros, passengers also have the opportunity to enjoy the amenities of many Lufthansa Business Lounges before their flight. Access to the Welcome Lounge in Frankfurt is possible for a fee of 50 euros. The check-in, boarding process and the hand baggage regulations are similar to those in Economy Class.
On board, Premium Economy passengers can expect an upgraded service: Passengers can control the extensive in-flight entertainment programme with their own touch-screen with a screen size from 11 to 12 inches (28 to 30 centimetres). In addition, each seat offers a USB port and an electrical outlet so passengers can use their own electronic devices. A diverse selection of newspapers and magazines complements the entertainment programme.