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It is no secret that I am quite taken by Lufthansa‘s premium cabins. (Remember that Lufthansa often offers business class return flights to North America for 55,000 Miles & More points in its monthly mileage bargain promotion). There are two frequent criticisms of the airline’s current business class product: it comes in a 2-2-2 configuration (sometimes 2-3-2) and not all seats have direct aisle access.
Lufthansa announced yesterday via Twitter that its new business seat will be introduced when the airline takes delivery of the new B777-9 in 2020. The airline promises more space, direct aisle access for all seats, and bigger IFE screens. This is what the new cabin will look like:
Note that some rows come with a single seat in the middle. These appear to be very, very spacious. All of the seats will convert into fully flat beds.
Lufthansa also confirmed that all existing long-haul aircraft will eventually be retrofitted in order to retain “consistency”.
This looks like a substantial improvement over the current 2-2-2 layout, and should be excellent news for solo travellers as you will be able to choose a single seat without anyone immediately next to you.
As keen as I am on Lufthansa, I wonder if this design will feel somewhat unimaginative by the time it is rolled put in 2020 and by the time existing aircraft will have been retrofitted? Qatar for example has offered a 1-2-1 configuration for sometime now on its newer planes and the introduction of the QSuite has certainly upped the game…