Lufthansa’s next Airbus A350 will be delivered with a first class cabin. Sadly, passengers eager to try out first class on an A350 still face a long wait as the next aircraft of the type isn’t due to be delivered until July 2023.
Since December 2020, Lufthansa has slowly been taking delivery of its Airbus A350 order. The order has also shuffled in size several times. According to Airbus’ latest order books, Lufthansa is currently expecting a total of 45 A350-900 aircraft, of which 17 have so far been delivered.
A first class cabin?
It seems as though Lufthansa’s future Airbus A350 aircraft will start to feature a first class cabin, according to airliners.de. A Lufthansa spokesperson told the publication that the next A350 would come with first class, although the exact cabin layout of the aircraft has not been decided.
The first class cabin is likely to be a new seat, as a board member of the airline commented that the airline is working on a new generation of the cabin back in April. The airline also has plenty of time to work the cabin out, as the delivery is not imminent. The airline’s current A350-900s have two possible three-class layouts. The most recent aircraft was delivered with 224 economy seats, 21 premium economy seats, and 48 business seats.
A Lufthansa spokesperson confirmed this to Simple Flying, revealing that the next A350 to be delivered (number 18) will feature a first class cabin when delivered in July 2023. Airbus will supply ten aircraft (18-27) with a first class cabin. According to data from ch-aviaiton.com, these are expected to be delivered up to March 2026.
The cabin layout of the remaining 18 aircraft is yet to be decided. According to ch-aviation.com, these remaining aircraft are expected to be delivered between June 2026 and October 2029.
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The current first class product
Lufthansa currently offers first class on three different aircraft types. The Boeing 747-8, the Airbus A380, and the Airbus A340-600. Of course, the A340-600 and A380 fleets won’t return to service unless there is an “unexpectedly rapid market recovery”, leaving just the 747-8.
On the Boeing 747-8, the first class seat takes the form of an open suite, according to data from seatguru.com. With a pitch of 83 inches and a width of 31 inches, the seats can be converted into a lie-flat two-meter long bed by the cabin crew.
Lufthansa’s love of the A350
It seems so far that Lufthansa loves the A350, with the aircraft becoming one of the main workhorses of the German flag carrier’s fleet during its pandemic recovery. Initially, the A350 fleet only operated from the airline’s secondary base, Munich. However, in November 2020, the airline started operating A350 flights from Frankfurt in place of the Boeing 747-8 on some routes due to its increased fuel efficiency.
Since December, the airline has actually been operating more A350 flights from Frankfurt than its Munich home. According to aviation data experts Cirium, this culminated in 190 outbound flights from Frankfurt last month, equating to 55,670 seats each way, compared to 85 outbound flights and 24,905 seats from Munich.
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