GERMANY- Lufthansa (LH) is presently assessing the optimal integration of its latest Allegris seats on the Boeing 747-8 aircraft. The planned redesign of the upper deck’s business class section includes a significant reduction in size.
Recent media reports suggest that Lufthansa is experimenting with a more spacious layout, contemplating a decrease in the number of business class seats to 23, down from the current 32 seats featured in its 747-8 models.
Configuration for the Boeing 747
Lufthansa’s Allegris Cabin Upgrades Set for 2024 Debut, Beginning with 747-8 Lower Deck
Lufthansa is gearing up to introduce the Allegris cabin upgrades in 2024, starting with the lower deck of its 747-8 fleet. This initiative represents a notable departure in Lufthansa’s cabin design strategy, with the goal of elevating passenger comfort and overall experience.
However, implementing the new First and Business Class sections on Lufthansa’s 747-8 aircraft presents logistical challenges. The larger suite designs are proving difficult to integrate into the aircraft’s bow and upper hump.
Furthermore, a late October report from “aero.de” highlights the airline’s struggle with weight distribution issues arising from the added weight of these new suites.
Cabin Design Adjustments
Operating a fleet of 19 Boeing 747-8 aircraft, Lufthansa faces unique considerations due to the model’s longer hump, rendering it somewhat top-heavy compared to its predecessors.
Lufthansa’s initial application of the Allegris update is confined to the Economy, Premium Economy, and Business Class on the lower deck to circumvent the necessity for additional balancing weights at the aircraft’s rear.
Presently, the existing Business Class on the upper deck and the First Class in the bow of the lower deck will remain unchanged.
In an effort to harmonize the new and existing cabin configurations, Lufthansa is contemplating a substantial reduction in the business class section on the upper deck.
According to insights from the “FrankfurtFlyer” frequent flyer portal, Lufthansa intends to retrofit the upper deck’s business class to the Allegris standard by 2026, featuring a reduced capacity of 23 seats compared to the previous 32.
While details about the finalized Allegris configuration in the Boeing 747-8 are still pending, aero.de reports that considerations are underway.
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