Lufthansa has unveiled its new fully-flat business class seat which will debut on the carrier’s B747-800 aircraft.
The seat features a 1.98-metre bed, and depending on the aircraft onto which it is fitted it can be configured in either “V” (where two neighbouring seats are angled towards one another along a central axis so that at head and shoulder level the seats are further apart than in the foot area), or “H” (where , seats are positioned parallel to one another but angled slightly towards the outer cabin wall).
Lufthansa said that the "V" configuration, which will feature on its B747-800 aircraft, "enabled Lufthansa to fulfil one of the main wishes expressed by customers – to sit or lie facing the direction of travel", and also allowed the carrier "to virtually double the distance between two neighbouring seats at shoulder level".
Features include a 15-inch TV screen (up from the current 10.4 inches), with the IFE available to passengers immediately after boarding, additional storage compartments, and “ergonomically optimised, continuous seat-adjustment mechanism when converting the seat into a bed and when making individual adjustments to the seat position”.
Lufthansa says it has invested €3 billion in overhauling its inflight products, with a total of 1,349 passengers and crew evaluating the new business class seat during test flights between Frankfurt and New York back in 2010.
Business Traveller is at the launch event for the new seat at travel show ITB Berlin, and is currently tweeting images and further details about the new offering. To follow the latest tweets visit twitter.com/btuk.
The videos and photographs posted at the top of this news story were also taken at the launch event by Business Traveller, and are as follows:
- 1/4 - new business class seat video
- 2/4 - new business class seat video
- 3/4 - new business class seat photographs
- 4/4 - new economy B747-800 seat photographs
For more information visit lufthansa.com.
Report by Mark Caswell