Revealed: Stunning New Lufthansa First Class Suite

Revealed: Stunning New Lufthansa First Class Suite

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Lufthansa has today unveiled its biggest-ever investment in the premium cabin experience, as part of what’s called the new “Allegris” product generation. In addition to the new business class we already know about, that also includes a new first class product.

Lufthansa’s new first class suite

Lufthansa has revealed that it will be introducing suites in first class, offering “nearly ceiling-high walls” that can be closed for privacy. As it’s described, the seat will be almost one meter wide, and can be converted into a bed. All suites will be forward facing, and will feature a wardrobe.

Thanks to the new privacy dividers, customers can even change into their pajamas in their suite (which is kind of a funny thing to highlight, but I suppose it’s intended to explain just how private the suite will be). Guests will be able to dine together at a large dining table, whereby one person can sit across from their travel partner on an ottoman. Entertainment screens will extend across the full width of the suite, and there will be bluetooth connectivity for wireless headphones.

Below are the first renderings of the new first class.

New Lufthansa first class suite
New Lufthansa first class suite

Unfortunately details are extremely limited beyond that at this point. We’re told to expect more details about the suite, as well as other innovations to first class, as of the beginning of 2023.

The new first class will debut on the A350

We’ve known for quite some time that Lufthansa plans to introduce a new first class product. While it’s not explicitly mentioned with this announcement, as of mid-2023, Lufthansa plans to introduce first class on select Airbus A350-900s. Specifically, at least 10 A350-900s will feature first class, and they’ll be based in Munich.

As it stands, Lufthansa has first class on its 19 Boeing 747-8s, which are based in Frankfurt. On top of that, the airline has temporarily brought back some Airbus A340-600s, which are based in Munich. These were specifically brought back because they feature first class. It’s also expected that Lufthansa will temporary reactive some Airbus A380s, also to be based in Munich.

What I’m really curious about is the layout of the new first class on the A350:

  • These suites look rather spacious given the fuselage width of the A350, so while I’d generally assume the configuration would be 1-2-1, will Lufthansa be going for a 1-1-1 configuration, or how can the airline have such wide seats (along with a wardrobe) while still having four seats per row?
  • Will Lufthansa have one or two rows of first class? In other words, will there be three to four or six to eight seats in the cabin?

Apparently the plan is to retrofit Boeing 747-8s with the new first class product as well. However, the timeline remains to be seen, and for that matter I can’t help but wonder what this means for first class capacity, as I can’t imagine that Lufthansa can fit eight of the new first class seats in the nose of the 747.

Will 747-8s get Lufthansa’s new first class?

What are the implications for award tickets?

I can’t help but wonder what this development means for Lufthansa first class award availability. Forgetting cabin capacity for a moment (and that the seats are more likely to sell), keep in mind that Lufthansa makes first class award seats available to partner frequent flyer programs at most 15 days in advance.

SWISS is also part of the Lufthansa Group, yet SWISS first class is only bookable with miles by Lufthansa Miles & More Senator members and above, and isn’t bookable with partner miles. I worry that Lufthansa introducing a new first class might cause the airline to eliminate partner first class award availability altogether.

If that were the case, it would mean that Air France, Lufthansa, and SWISS awards are totally off limits for partner award redemptions. Add in American eliminating first class and British Airways greatly reducing its first class footprint, and transatlantic first class awards may more or less be a thing of the past.

Will Lufthansa first class awards be off limits eventually?

Bottom line

Lufthansa has unveiled its new first class product, which for the first time will consist of suites with doors. This looks like a massive improvement over Lufthansa’s current first class product, so this is exciting. We’re told to expect more details in early 2023.

It sounds like this product should debut on the Airbus A350-900 as of mid-2023, and eventually Boeing 747-8s will be retrofitted with these cabins. The big question is what first class capacity will be like on these planes. I also worry the implications here might not be good for first class award availability.

What do you make of Lufthansa’s new first class?

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  1. iamhere Guest

    It does not look as nice as you claim it to be. It's basically the same as business class with a slightly better hard product and upgraded materials used. Wonder if it would be worth the price. That being said there is nothing wrong with business class and likely to be much more reasonable.

  2. Kerry Gold

    LOL will be interesting to see it once they actually introduce it in ~2029…

  3. DCAWABN Guest

    This looks no different than many other F seats. JAL comes to mind, as does AF and Asiana. So what’s “stunning”? The fact that the cabin is dark blue now with some recessed LED lighting? It’s going to show age and wear and tear quickly given the dark colors and the bones of the seat are nothing remotely new or even sort of “evolutionary”, as is said ad nauseum on here. LH is playing a...

    This looks no different than many other F seats. JAL comes to mind, as does AF and Asiana. So what’s “stunning”? The fact that the cabin is dark blue now with some recessed LED lighting? It’s going to show age and wear and tear quickly given the dark colors and the bones of the seat are nothing remotely new or even sort of “evolutionary”, as is said ad nauseum on here. LH is playing a game of Keeping Up with the Joneses and they’re losing. Both in F and in J. Can at least ONE travel blogger be a tiny bit honest about this garbage? Apparently not. And that doesn’t even take into account LH’s labor problems, the attitudes of staff, food quality (caviar isn’t the end-all-be-all of catering, especially at altitude, and most people don’t actually know what good caviar is anyway), or their apparent decision to be a low cost carrier in all other aspects.

  4. Frederik Guest

    Very pleased with this excellent new product, as I used to be a very big fan of Lufthansa but have found them very dated in service and business class quality for the past decade. This looks worth the upgrade in the same way Swiss and Air France is. Lucky, they probably do like Air China 748s and have the suites beyond the Nose area (that and upstairs be business) near to boarding.

    Hopefully they add it to the soon to be reactivated a380s too.

  5. Gordon Guest

    Looks like the current AirFrance first class except for the curtain for door substitution. Considering AirFrance is updating their first class product, this product will seem outdated as soon as they release it.

  6. Chris Carrache Guest

    Gee, I wonder if LH will get around to applying nice changes to 'business class' on their Cairo run? Their idea of business class was a three wide economy class seat with the center seat blocked off. I couldn't even raise the center seat arm rest. Never, ever again.

  7. Gary Hohenstein Guest

    In the last 10 years Lufthansa has become a real shitty airline. I hate to fly with them if I can avoid it. First class or not !

  8. Christian Guest

    This will get rolled out by LH when your current readers are too old to fly! They introduce “improvements” and then take eternities to implement them unless they are meant to benefit them.

  9. Dominic Kivni Guest

    Having frequent first class award availability would be a sign that they need to downsize or get rid of the cabin, any airline needs to fill the cabin with paying passengers. Airlines around the globe are shrinking or eliminating first class because there's not enough people willing to pay cash for it. Don't think any of them are too worried about or focused on losing the passengers that can only afford saver award redemptions...

  10. Steven M Guest

    "Looks brilliant, but would ultimately be useless if they frequently go on strike. And their soft product still leaves a great deal to be desired…"

    Correct. The one time we were going to fly Lufthansa business class they went on strike and rebooked us on Delta. Since then we've never even thought about trying to fly Lufthansa again.

  11. TravelinWilly Diamond

    Just remember, everyone, if you buy a full fare first class flex ticket, LH will likely not allow you to change it, so be sure of your travel dates before you give them your money.

    1. Jerry Wheen Member

      Can you please share some background? What does it mean that LH likely won't allow changing (even) a full fare first class flex ticket?

  12. Clem Diamond

    It really does look stunning! I love that the upper part, where the ceiling is, seems to be textures/decorated, that's a huge change from the usual white plastic and a brilliant idea.

  13. dillpickles New Member

    Those first class suites can't fit in the nose of the 748, but they can probably fit upstairs in a 1-1 config, putting Business class in the nose instead.

  14. LEo Diamond

    Thai had similar seats on their 744s and had 9 seats, couldn't LH do the same for their 748s?

  15. Ray Guest

    Looks brilliant, but would ultimately be useless if they frequently go on strike. And their soft product still leaves a great deal to be desired…

  16. LEo Diamond

    I have a feeling that this is just the completed version of China Southern First class on the A380.... The one on China Southern(particularly on the former 777 variants where there aren't a door) look unfinished, rushed with qualities implying that it was started the night before it was due.

  17. Alonzo Diamond

    No more using Lifemiles for first class? Bummer.

  18. Max Guest

    In German aviation media they are reporting that Lufthansa confirmed retrofitting 748-8s with Allegri.

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TravelinWilly Diamond

Just remember, everyone, if you buy a full fare first class flex ticket, LH will likely not allow you to change it, so be sure of your travel dates before you give them your money.

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Max Guest

Six! ******

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Dominic Kivni Guest

Having frequent first class award availability would be a sign that they need to downsize or get rid of the cabin, any airline needs to fill the cabin with paying passengers. Airlines around the globe are shrinking or eliminating first class because there's not enough people willing to pay cash for it. Don't think any of them are too worried about or focused on losing the passengers that can only afford saver award redemptions...

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