Lufthansa is thinking big with business class for its new Boeing 777-9s, but something the new jets won't have will be first class seats.
While the final layout of Lufthansa’s 34 ordered 777-9s hasn’t been decided, the carrier says they’ll accommodate 45 to 60 business passengers, but feature no first class cabin.
Lufthansa will offer business class seats that stretch to 7 feet (2.2 meters), aiming to boost the corporate appeal of a carrier that has only recently embraced flat-bed berths.
Passengers will be able to choose between six different setups in the business cabin, including a paired layout, an enhanced-privacy variant and one that offers slightly less snooze room while featuring more storage and work space. All but the extra-long berth will measure a standard 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 metres).
All of the seats will also have direct aisle access, overcoming the need for some premium passengers to clamber past others – a requirement many airlines have already eradicated.
Lufthansa came late to the flat-bed revolution, rolling the seats out in business class only in 2013, more than a decade after pioneer British Airways.
The multi-option business berth set to debut on the new 777-9 fleet from 2020 should help the carrier enhance its credentials as an innovator as it seeks to become the first in Europe awarded five stars by the Skytrax ratings service.