Lufthansa A380: What you need to know

11 Jan 2015 by GrahamSmith

Lufthansa received its first Airbus A380 in May 2010 and launched its maiden scheduled flight from Frankfurt to Tokyo the following month.

The German carrier now has 14 superjumbos in its fleet.

Following Lufthansa tradition, its first two A380s were named Frankfurt am Main and Munchen. Subsequent superjumbos were named after Star Alliance hub cities like Brussels, Tokyo and Beijing.

Lufthansa currently deploys its A380s from Frankfurt and Munich to destinations includingHouston, Miami, San Francisco, New York, Johannesburg, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Mumbai and Delhi.

Eight of the airline’s A380s are in a three-class configuration accommodating 526 passengers; the remaining four have been fitted with Lufthansa’s new fully-flat business seating and have the same layout, except for two less seats in business class.

On the upper deck, there are eight First Class seats in the front cabin in a 1-2-1 layout, followed by two cabins containing 98 Business seats (96 in the fully-flat seating configuration) in 2-2-2.

Economy occupies the entirety of the main lower deck and seats 420 across four cabins in a 3-4-3 configuration. Only Emirates has a larger number of economy seats, with 427.

Seats in First and Business are equipped with AC power ports while economy seats come with USB ports and iPhone chargers.


Each bed in First measures 207cm in length, and 80cm wide and has an adjustable privacy screen. Meanwhile, “sound-absorbing carpets” eliminate the noise of footsteps and the lighting system automatically adjusts to the time of day.

From April, the airline will add a second configuration to its A380 fleet.

Lufthansa will fits its new premium economy seating across its A380 fleet between March 29 and April 22 and, from mid-summer 2015, fully-flat business seating will also be available on all A380 aircraft.

Business seats are lie-flat with a slight downward slope. To read a review of Lufthansa A380 Business Class, click here.

Graham Smith

Eight of Lufthansa’s 12 superjumbos accommodate 526 passengers as this seatplan shows. The remaining four have been fitted with new fully-flat business seating and have the same layout, except for two less seats in business.

Lufthansa A380 seatplan

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