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Lufthansa: Improved seat comfort in Europe

29-Dec-2005

FRANKFURT (Deutsche Lufthansa) - New seats in the Business and Economy Classes will provide a considerable improvement in seating comfort on Lufthansa flights within Germany and Europe as of next spring.

With this step the airline is continuing the quality offensive in the European traffic it launched in 2004 which, above all, offers more comfort to passengers in the Business Class. The unoccupied middle seat in this class provides more personal freedom of movement, more privacy for confidential paperwork or undisturbed reading, more room to relax and more storage capacity. The passengers will be offered a new cabin with a contemporary design. Leather seats will still be standard not only in the Business Class, but also in the Economy Class. With their two-colour design and high-quality finish, the new covers will also visually underline Lufthansa’s quality claim.

“Lufthansa stands for quality and reliability, an extensive route network and value for money in all classes”, says Thierry Antinori, Executive Vice President Marketing & Sales of Lufthansa German Airlines. “The quality offensive launched last year offers our customers on Lufthansa flights within Germany and Europe even more comfort and better connections. With the new seats in our continental fleet we are making further developments in the interests of our customers.” By October, all 140 aircraft in the European fleet will be equipped with the new cabin.

The new seats in the Business Class offer a comfortable seat breadth of 48 cm, in the Economy Class of 44 cm. The room for the knees will be increased by up to 4 cm. In the Business Class, Lufthansa is thus right at the top in the Business Class on a European comparison. A centre console providing additional storage space in the vacant middle seat is new in the Business Class. Furthermore, revolutionary new coat hooks on the side of the seat in front will allow jackets and overcoats to be hung up even when the table is folded down. Lufthansa thus clearly distinguishes itself from its competitors.

All this is being made possible by the installation of the latest generation of seats from the manufacturers Recaro and B/E Aerospace. They have been specially adapted to the needs of Lufthansa. Thanks to a slimmer construction of the backrest they offer more space for the knees and make it easier to stretch the legs. Since the backs involve no hard metal or carbon structures, they also adapt perfectly to the contour of the back and thus contribute to a particularly high standard of comfort.

The lower weight of the new seats leads to a reduction in the fuel consumption and thus also the pollutant emissions of the Lufthansa fleet. Calculated for the entire European fleet, that means an annual reduction in fuel consumption of approximately five million litres.

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