Lufthansa's new Airbus A350 is set to take wing, replacing the German flag-carrier's older gas-guzzling Airbus A340s on long-range routes to the USA and Asia.
The aircraft is the airline’s most modern and technologically advanced featuring better fuel consumption and better cabin quality for passengers and crew. The new aircraft will start flying as of 10 February from Munich to Delhi and Boston. The aircraft will have room for 293 passengers – 48 in Business Class, 21 in Premium Economy and 224 in Economy Class.
The German flag-carrier and Star Alliance member has adopting a fairly conventional three-class layout for its A350-900s, eschewing first class – which will also be notably absent from the airline's Boeing 777-9 fleet.
Up front are 48 business class seats, using a tweak of the airline's current design in the same and rather dated 2-2-2 layout.
The outer seats are angled towards the window to better enjoy the view...
... with upsized video screens and of course Lufthansa's FlyNet inflight Internet service.
The A350's business class cabin is divided into a main cabin of 6 rows (below) and a smaller two-row cabin behind.
Further back is a compact premium economy cabin with room for just 21 passengers in a 2-3-2 seating grid.
Those seats have a 38 inch pitch and a sizeable 12-inch touchscreen.
Finally, there are 224 economy seats ranked 3-3-3 with a standard 31 inch seat pitch and 18 inch width.
Lufthansa has employed a little visual trick with the seat fabrics, using a darker blue at the window seats (where there's more light streaming in) and then gradually softening that hue towards the middle seats.
Passengers in all classes from tip to tail will be able to tap into Lufthansa's FlyNet inflight Internet service at rates from an insanely steep €11 (A$15) pet hour to a far more sensible €20 (A$28) for 24 hours, which covers the entire A350 flight plus a connecting flight within Europe.