Lufthansa Group has unveiled designs for its new business and economy class seats on board its Airbus A320 aircraft, as part of the group’s move to standardise its A320 fleet across all of its brands.
Though, when we say business and economy class seats, we only really mean one seat since the two classes will feature essentially the same product, a rather common practice on shorter-haul aircraft flying within Europe. The only difference is that business class passengers will be able to recline their seats up to a 26-degree angle, while those in economy will have a fixed 20-degree recline – up eight degrees from the current design.
Aside from the recline, the only other major difference between the classes is that the middle seat in business class is kept empty, another common feature of intra-Europe flights.
These new seats will feature on all new A320 aircraft delivered from 2019 onwards for use on short- and medium-haul flights. They also come in three styles for Lufthansa, Austrian and Swiss.
But what do the seats offer?
For starters, Italian manufacturer Geven has designed them with slim backrests and full-foam seat cushions, though Lufthansa hasn’t revealed the exact width or pitch at this stage.
However, the new horizontally designed seat-back literature pocket has been designed to offer a slimmer backrest.
“A lot of customer feedback went into designing the seat and we are pleased to have already received a lot of positive feedback on the implemented features over the course of the project,” said Paul Estoppey, head of product cabin for Lufthansa Group.
Lufthansa Group announced its plans to standardise its A320s across its carriers earlier this year, aimed at reducing the time required to convert the aircraft when transferring them between the group’s airlines.
The group aims to take delivery of around 100 new aircraft from the A320neo family by 2025.