What Cabins Does Lufthansa Offer On Long-Haul Flights?
Lufthansa is Germany’s national flag carrier airline and one of the largest airlines in Europe by fleet size with 279 aircraft. Combined with its subsidiary Eurowings, Lufthansa flies to all corners of the globe. With that in mind today, we thought we would look at what class of cabins Lufthansa offers on its long-haul flights and what you can expect if you are a passenger.
After looking at Lufthansa’s long-haul fleet, we can see that it has retired the Airbus A380 yet still has some Boeing 747s. The two aircraft it uses most for long-haul flights are its 13 Airbus A330-300s and its 18 Airbus A350-900s. So, while waiting for the Boeing 777X to be delivered, we will use its flagship aircraft, the Airbus A350-900 as the model for the cabin comparison.
The Airbus A350 is Lufthansa’s flagship aircraft
According to Lufthansa, the Airbus A350-900 is the most environmentally-friendly long-haul aircraft in the skies today. Compared to previous generation long-haul planes, the A350-900 burns 25% less fuel and is 50% quieter than other jets of a similar size.
The carrier has two cabin configurations for its A350-900s that vary slightly, so we will go for the more widely used one for this comparison. All Lufthansa long-haul aircraft are configured in three classes business, premium economy, and economy.
Lufthansa business class
All the business class seats are located in the first eight rows in two sections. The first section has six rows of seats laid out in a 2-2-2 configuration. The second section is located after the emergency exit and has two rows of seats again configured 2-2-2. Because of the bulkhead, row one offers the most privacy, but you will have to put up with noise coming from the galley; likewise, in row six, you have another galley and the lavatories behind you. In row seven, behind the emergency exit, you have the same problem with the toilets and galley.
All the seats in business class have expansive center armrests and power outlets and can recline to become fully lay flatbeds. Sadly, all the window seats in Lufthansa business class do not have direct aisle access, making it the weakest point in the German airline’s business offering. The tray tables in business class extend from the side of the seat and are plenty wide enough to accommodate a laptop.
A few years ago, Lufthansa ditched the idea of food and drinks trolleys in business class for a more restaurant-like feel with the food being brought from the galley directly to your seat. Lufthansa believes that this approach allows its premium customers to interact better with the cabin crew and feel more at home. The entertainment selection on Lufthansa is extensive, with business class passengers getting a 12-inch touch screen and a convenient socket for headphones.
The airline has said it plans to upgrade its business class offering in its new Boeing 777Xs, but we will have to wait with no fixed date on their arrival.
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Lufthansa premium economy and economy
With 21 seats in three rows configured in a 2-3-2 layout, Lufthansa’s premium economy offering is the carrier’s highest-earning cabin. The cabin feels more spacious thanks to fewer seats and offers passengers slightly more legroom and a wider seat than standard economy.
In Lufthansa’s premium economy, each seat is 18 inches wide and has a recline of 38 inches. Premium economy also has the same 12-inch touch screens as in business class.
Lufthansa economy class:
Lufthansa’s Airbus A350 offers 224 economy class seats laid out in a 3-3-3 configuration. Each seat is 17 inches wide and has a pitch of 31 inches. If you want more legroom, try and book seats B, C, H, and J in row 27 and seats A and K in row 27, as neither of these two seats has a seat in front of it. The only downside to these seats is that they are near the lavatories and that the meal tray is in the arm rather than the seats in front.
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