In addition to Lufthansa revealing the updated details of the new business class seats, the airline also revealed a redesigned first class suite. As part of the “Allegris” product generation, these seats will be featured on deliveries.
Lufthansa’s “Allegris” Product Generation
As I described what the “Allegris” generation meant for Lufthansa in my previous post on the business class suite, I will go over it for the overview. Allegris is the name Lufthansa chose to introduce the new premium products developed exclusively under the Lufthansa Group to provide passengers with quality premium products.
Lufthansa’s Brand New First Class Suite
Lufthansa has announced that the new first class suites will all be forward-facing suites featuring “nearly ceiling-high walls” that can be closed for privacy. The seat will be almost one meter wide and can be converted into a large bed. Moreover, there will be a personal wardrobe in addition to the storage spaces available in each suite.
Passengers in the first class suites do not need to head to the lavatories to change into their pajamas instead they can change to their pajamas in their suites. This highlights how private the suites will be.
In terms of dining, similar to the current first class, passengers can dine together where one can sit on the seat and the other on the ottoman. Entertainment is provided by screens that extend across the full width of the suite, with Bluetooth connectivity for wireless headphones.
Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Carsten Spohr, said:
“We want to set new, unprecedented standards for our guests. The largest investment in premium products in our company’s history underpins our claim to continue to be the leading Western premium airline in the future.”
Sadly, there are no further details about the seat except the concept photos revealed today. Lufthansa will present details of the suite, as well as further innovation in First Class, at the beginning of next year. So let’s be more patient and get excited.
Which Aircraft Will Feature The New First Class Suites
While select Lufthansa’s Fleet such as the recently delivered Boeing B787-9 and four Airbus A350s leased from Philippine Airlines feature upgraded business class seatings, the first class suite will debut on the A350.
The 10 A350s that will be delivered as of mid-2023, will feature first class cabin. The A350 will be based in Munich along with the A340-600s and A380s that will be returning temporarily. How the cabin will be configured is still unknown but I guess it will be either in a 1-1-1 layout because a 1-2-1 layout configuration might be a little too cramped. As an example, Malaysia Airlines is the only airline that used to operate with real first class (Now called the Business Suite) installed. But the seats were really narrow in 1-2-1 configuration.
Lufthansa also mentioned more than 100 new Lufthansa Group aircraft, such as Boeing 787-9s, Airbus A350s, and Boeing 777-9s, will fly to destinations around the world with the new “Allegris” service. And the current Boeing B747-8s will be retrofitted with the new first class suites over time.
What’s interesting is how they will install huge seats on the nose of the B747. Given that the height of the nose section of B747s is quite low, I think they might modify the seats to what you can find on Korean Air’s B747-8 Kosmo Suite 2.0.
After a really long wait, Lufthansa has revealed its brand new first class suite. The new suites will be available starting in mid-2023 and debut on the Airbus A350. The new suites are an improvement over the current open-style first class seats with 100% privacy provided.
Additionally, the current Boeing B747-8s will also be retrofitted with the new suites in the future but in terms of configuration and capacity are still not known. So we’ll all have to wait further for more details.