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Previous | Lufthansa has revealed the seats that its business class passengers will see on all long-haul flights, including connecting flights to Europe from its Star Alliance partner hubs on its Boeing 747-8, Airbus A380 and Airbus A340 aircraft.
As Australian Business Traveller reported last year, Lufthansa is going fully flat with its business class, starting on its brand new Boeing 747-8 jumbos -- and despite a spokesperson's hedging at the time, the seats we dug up from an investor presentation proved very similar to the real deal.
It looks like a great improvement on previous Lufthansa seats, which are some of the most uncomfortable angled lie-flat business class seats we've reviewed.
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While Lufthansa hasn't specified the width of the new seats, they look an average width, with extra elbow room in bed mode from a retractable armrest on the aisle or window side of the seat pairs and a cubby on the inboard side.
You'll also see a 15.4-inch screen mounted on the seatback in front of you.
There are two configurations for the seat -- and they're new formats for business class.
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The first configuration will be found upstairs on Lufthansa's new 747-8 planes, where you'll find a 2-2 layout with each pair of seats angled towards each other.
The angle of the seats in this layout sounds like a recipe for playing footsie with your neighbour, since the footrest area is only separated by a small divider.
The second configuration -- which Lufthansa has yet to illustrate, but which we'd surmise will end up on the A380's wider upper deck -- sounds like a much better idea: the seats are parallel but point towards the outer cabin wall.
In both layouts, window passengers will need to clamber out over the legs of a sleeping aisle-seated neighbour.
The clambering is a big minus compared with the business classes with direct aisle access for all from Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines (long-haul business class), Air New Zealand (new 777-300ER) Etihad, Emirates (A380s only), Virgin Atlantic and others.