Lufthansa has a decent first class service and some good prices for business class. However, many of their aircraft feature very outdated seats along with very average business class service. All this has meant that I generally avoid Lufthansa and choose Swiss if there was a special offer.
Gradually things have been improving at Lufthansa with the purchase of a number of aircraft with better seats that were originally destined for other airlines. This has given them a number of aircraft with 1-2-1layouts, but they still seem dated compared to the suites many airlines have rolled out.
Lufthansa has finally revealed the design of its own design for business and first class with new suites.
The airline is introducing a new premium product on long-haul routes under the name “Allegris” in all travel classes (i.e. Economy, Premium Economy, Business and First Class). “Allegris” has been developed exclusively for the Lufthansa Group.
First class suites
For the very first time in the company’s history, the Lufthansa First Class is receiving spacious suites that offer nearly ceiling-high walls that can be closed for privacy. The seat, which is almost one meter wide, can be converted into a large, comfortable bed. All seats and beds are positioned in the direction of flight. Personally, I don’t have an issue with flying backwards, but quite a few people do.
In addition to many other storage options, there is a large, personal wardrobe in every suite. You can even change into your Lufthansa First Class pajamas in the suite in privacy! There are very few first class suites that offer such high walls with perhaps Emirates Game Changer being one of the most private suites.
Eating together is made possible for guests at a large dining table, where you can sit across from your partner or fellow traveller like in a restaurant. BA offer this on some of their older first suites and it is popular with a lot of people. There will be gourmet menus along with the airline’s unique caviar service. Entertainment is provided by screens that extend across the full width of the suite, with Bluetooth connectivity for wireless headphones.
Lufthansa will present details of the suite, as well as a further innovation in First Class, at the beginning of next year.
Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, said: “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.”
While there is nothing truly innovative here so far, I would be very happy to fly in this suite. Lufthansa have always had the ground services and food onboard that was worthy of First class but the seat was something of a let down. With these new suites, they will definitely be back to one of the top first products on a European airline.
New Business Class: Suite in the front row
Like Virgin’s new Retreat Suite, and JetBlue’s Mint Studio, Lufthansa will offer a larger business plus seat in the front row. Now, guests in Lufthansa Business Class can also look forward to their own suite, which offers even more comfort and privacy due to higher walls and sliding doors that completely close. Here, travelers get extended personal space, a monitor up to 27 inches in size and ample storage space, including a personal wardrobe. Personal wardrobes are more normally seen in First class, and in some respects this is a business/first hybrid.
Other business class seats
As well as the front row, there are six seating options for business class. Passengers have direct access to the aisle from all Business Class seats, unlike their current design. We had already seen a sneak peak of the centre seats that have a lot of privacy. The other seats are very similar to all the other suites in business class. While it’s nothing new in general, it’s a huge leap forward for Lufthansa’s currently poor and dated seats. The centre seats will for once, be the ones to covet with all the extra space, but it will be interesting to see if there is a premium or they will only be reserved for elite members.
The seat walls, which are at least 114 centimeters high, with generous space in the shoulder area, ensure greater privacy. All seats can be converted into a two-meter-long bed.
Passengers can enjoy the in-flight entertainment program on monitors measuring nearly 17 inches. Wireless charging, noise-canceling headphones and the ability to connect your own devices, such as a PC, tablet, smartphone, or headphones, to the entertainment system, via Bluetooth, are also part of the new Allegris Business Class experience.
The company will also present further details and innovations on the new Lufthansa Business Class next spring.
Lufthansa plans “Sleeper’s Row 2.0” in Economy Class
With the “Allegris” product generation, Lufthansa will also give its guests significantly more choice in Economy Class. For example, in the future, travelers will have the option of booking seats in the first rows, which have a greater seat pitch and offer additional comfort. Following the success of the “Sleeper’s Row”, which offered Economy Class passengers greater relaxation on long-distance flights since August 2021, Lufthansa now plans to introduce a “Sleeper’s Row 2.0” on all new long-haul aircraft, as part of “Allegris.”
In the “Sleeper’s Row 2.0”, one must simply fold up a leg rest and utilize the additional mattress on offer, for rest and relaxation on a reclining surface that is 40 percent larger compared to the original “Sleeper’s Row”. Also in the future, Economy Class passengers will also have the option of booking a vacant neighbouring seat.
The new Lufthansa Group Premium Economy Class was already introduced at SWISS in spring 2022. The comfortable seat is integrated into a hard shell and can be adjusted effortlessly, without affecting fellow passengers in the row behind. The seat offers generous space in the upper body and leg areas, and is equipped with a fold-out leg rest. Passengers can enjoy movies or music on their personal 15.6-inch monitor with high-quality, noise-canceling headphones.
Which aircraft will have the seats? Good news for B747 fans!
More than 100 new Lufthansa Group aircraft, such as Boeing 787-9s, Airbus A350s and Boeing 777-9s, will fly to destinations around the world with the new “Allegris” service. Additionally, aircraft already in service with Lufthansa, such as the Boeing 747-8, will be converted.
There will be a Lufthansa Group-wide replacement of more than 30,000 seats. By 2025, the Lufthansa Group will invest a total of 2.5 billion euros in product and service alone to further improve the customer experience at every stage of the journey – from initial booking, throughout the airport, lounge and border experience, to customer requests even after the flight.
Business class seats already launched on selected A350 and B787-9
Lufthansa is already offering an improved business class on certain aircraft. The latest addition to the fleet, the Boeing 787-9, and four Airbus A350s delivered to Lufthansa in recent months, feature an improved business class from the manufacturers Thompson (A350) and Collins (787-9).
All seats are located directly on the aisle, can be easily and converted into a two-meter-long bed and offer more storage space. A further four Boeing 787-9s with this Business Class will be delivered to Lufthansa in the coming weeks.
The Lufthansa Group is about to embark on the largest fleet modernization in its corporate history. By 2030, more than 180 new short- and long-haul aircraft are to be delivered to the Group’s airlines. On average, the Group will take delivery of a new aircraft every two weeks, whether Boeing 787s, Airbus 350s, Boeing 777-9s on long-haul routes or new Airbus A320neos for short-haul flights.
Between 2022 and 2027, the Lufthansa Group will receive a total of 32 Boeing Dreamliners.