4 DECEMBER 2017
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Plans for a “new-concept” Business Class rolling-out on regular routes for the first time in 2020 with the introduction of the Boeing B777-9 were unveiled by Lufthansa last week.
The airline said the key element would be a new seat which had been developed with the idea of offering passengers “the best and soundest sleep above the clouds” by converting to a bed up to 220cm (86.6in) long.
The new seat was developed exclusively for Lufthansa in collaboration with passengers, more than 500 of whom provided in-depth support during the development phases.
Airline board member Harry Hohmeister said the seat created “a new global benchmark” taking advantage of the B777-9’s considerably wider cabin compared with its predecessors.
This made it possible to increase significantly the comfort level for passengers, with all those in Business Class having direct access to the aisle thanks to a 1x2x1 and 1x1x1 seat configuration.
New digital interfaces also meant all the functions of the seat as well as the in-flight entertainment system, could be controlled using passengers’ personal devices while smartphones and tablets could be recharged at the seat using wireless technology.
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