has set its sights on overhauling short-haul business class once the
installation of its new flat bed on long-haul services is under way.
Wolfgang Mayrhuber revealed short-haul is next on the hit list as he unveiled
the airline’s new £210 million business-class cabin.
German carrier has begun installing the new flat bed on its Airbus 340-600 and
A330-300 fleet with the first service to depart from Frankfurt to Buenos Aires
on December 18. The new bed will be fully installed within the next 18 months.
said: “We are determined to be innovative and a market leader in development,
and this new bed reflects that.”
added: “We have started a project dealing with the short-haul product and this is
our next big thing.”
airline has indicated it wants to cut short-haul costs by 20%, which Mayrhuber
suggested could be achieved by higher productivity from existing resources.
denied the new PrivateBed – which is 25% larger than its predecessor and
extends to two metres when flat – will result in fewer business-class seats
across the Lufthansa network. However, the cabin may be extended on more
popular routes and scaled down for destinations where there is less demand for
a business service.
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