PHOTOS: Lufthansa’s Impressive New First Class Double Cabin Looks Like a Private Hotel Room
The airline's long-haul product upgrade represents the most extensive overhaul in the airline's 97-year history
German carrier Lufthansa has unveiled the gem of its new Allegris cabin product: the First Class Suite Plus. Ideal for couples, the suite is a double cabin featuring ceiling-high walls and a sliding door that can be closed entirely, for total privacy, especially during sleep hours.
Inside, it boasts a large table and two wide seats that can be combined to form a comfortable double bed. This private room cannot match the space offered in the past by ‘The Residence’ on Etihad’s Airbus A380s, but it can easily compete with the industry’s top-tier products, like Singapore Airlines’ First Class suites.
Guests fortunate enough to access Lufthansa’s Suite Plus will enjoy exclusive amenities such as the ability to warm or cool their three-feet-wide seats, connect their mobile devices to the onboard entertainment system, and stow their clothes and personal belongings inside a proper wardrobe.
“The First Class Suite Plus conveys the feeling of privacy and individuality similar to a hotel room,” explained Jens Ritter, CEO of Lufthansa Airlines at today’s unveiling in Berlin.
The Suite Plus product will be installed in the middle section of the First Class cabin onboard Lufthansa’s newly delivered Airbus A350-900. The airline’s long-haul product upgrade represents the most extensive overhaul in the airline’s 97-year history and is projected to cost 2.5 billion Euros by 2025.
Allegris is already available on the three Boeing 787-9s Lufthansa received in the last six months, albeit without the new First Class product. These aircraft are part of a larger order by the LH Group, with deliveries expected to be completed in 2027.
The upgrade is evident in all cabins, but it is most visible in Business Class. Before the first Dreamliner entered service in December 2022, Lufthansa was one of the few legacy carriers featuring in its Business cabins a 2+2+2 layout, which considerably limits passengers’ privacy and does not guarantee free access to the aisle for all travelers. Allegris Business Class features a 1+2+1 cross-section, putting the German carrier’s premium cabin on par with those of the best airlines worldwide.
The German airline unveiled the new Allegris product in October 2022, with plans to implement it aboard more than 80 brand-new aircraft, including the B787-9, the A350-900, and the Boeing 777-9s. Considering aircraft already in service, only the Boeing 747-8s will be retrofitted. Other long-haul types, including the A380s, the A340s, and the A330s will continue to fly with the old onboard product until retirement from service.
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