COLOGNE- Lufthansa (LH) has announced a delay in the debut of its new Allegris cabin, now set for early 2024. The inaugural aircraft to showcase this upgraded cabin will be a Boeing 787-9. Unfortunately, the anticipated launch schedule has been affected due to delivery setbacks.
The introduction of Lufthansa’s new Allegris cabin garnered significant attention when unveiled in Berlin in late February. The standout feature was the unveiling of the impressive new first-class suites.
Before introducing these first-class suites, the rollout plan includes the launch of the economy, premium economy, and business class cabins on an aircraft without the premium first-class offering.
Lufthansa New Cabin Launch Delay
Addressing the audience during the presentation of Lufthansa’s recent quarterly results, Carsten Spohr, the CEO of Lufthansa Group, announced a setback in the launch of the airline’s fresh cabin design. This delay stems from the postponement of the delivery of its initial Boeing 787 aircraft. Spohr noted,
“Many of our passengers and our flight crews have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of our inaugural long-haul aircraft featuring the new Allegris onboard experience. This introduction is contingent upon the receipt of our newly constructed 787-9, which regrettably faces a delay and is now projected for early 2024.”Carsten Spohr, the CEO of Lufthansa Group
Lufthansa had initially anticipated the receipt of its inaugural Boeing 787 aircraft later this year.
While the airline already operates Boeing’s newest clean sheet design, the aircraft currently in operation were originally constructed for other carriers but not ultimately delivered. This results in a cabin configuration that deviates from Lufthansa’s customary offering.
Based on Boeing’s most recent order records, Lufthansa holds orders for 63 forthcoming aircraft from them.
Among these, 34 are Boeing 787s, while the remainder is allocated for the Boeing 777X series. Out of these orders, 27 are specified to be equipped with Rolls-Royce engines. While the engine details for the remaining seven are unspecified.
During the initial half of 2023, Boeing managed to deliver 31 Boeing 787 aircraft. This figure falls short of the 78 Boeing 787 aircraft dispatched in the corresponding period of 2019.
In late July, Boeing unveiled potential ‘significant aircraft delays’ arising from certification setbacks across various aircraft programs. This includes the Boeing 737 MAX and 777X.
First to Feature Allgeris Class
When Lufthansa receives its initial Boeing 787, it will mark the debut of the new Allergis cabins for the economy, premium economy, and business class. The introduction of the new first-class cabin is planned for an Airbus A350 aircraft later in 2024.
This innovative cabin design, featuring an extensive array of business-class seating choices, will eventually be implemented across over 100 aircraft, encompassing the Airbus A350, Boeing 787, and Boeing 777X series.
Additionally, it is slated for retrofitting onto the Boeing 747-8. However, it’s improbable that these seats will find their way onto aircraft such as the Boeing 747-400, Airbus A340-600, and the large Airbus A380, all of which are scheduled for retirement in the upcoming years.
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