March 6 2023  |  Seating

Lufthansa unveils plans for new First Class Suite Plus

By Alex Preston

Lufthansa's new First Class suites include a personal wardrobe, large dining table, full-suite-width screens, heated and cooled seats, shoulder sink-in and wireless charging module

Lufthansa has unveiled details of its new long-haul product, Allegris, part of the largest product and service overhaul in the Lufthansa Group's history, with a total investment of 2.5 billion euros by 2025.

The airline is improving the overall travel experience for customers in all travel classes: Economy, Premium Economy, Business and First Class, which will introduced in 2024, on the newly delivered Airbus A350s.

"Every guest has their own understanding of premium, which is why we focus on maximum individuality and exclusivity. The First Class Suite Plus conveys the feeling of privacy and individuality similar to a hotel room — only at an altitude of eleven kilometers," explained Jens Ritter, CEO Lufthansa Airlines at the launch of the "First Class Suite Plus" on February 28 in Berlin, Germany. "The Allegris range promises individuality, exclusivity, and premium service along the entire travel chain."

First Class will offer the "Suite Plus," a separate double cabin with ceiling-high walls and an entirely closable door, large table and two wide seats that can be combined into a comfortable double bed if required.

Passengers can warm or cool their nearly one-meter-wide seats in the suite according to their personal needs and connect their own mobile device to the entertainment system. Ample storage space is provided by a suite wardrobe so that passengers can comfortably change and have all their personal belongings at hand.

Crew will serve the gourmet menu at a time requested by the passengers, and enjoyed in the private suites at the large First Class table, similar to a restaurant.

For the first time, passengers in Lufthansa Business Class will also have their own suite, which offers even more comfort and privacy due to chest-high walls and sliding doors. Passengers in the first rows can enjoy extended personal space, a monitor up to 27 inches in size and ample storage. Each suite also offers its own wardrobe and personal minibar. Inside, it is possible to connect the two suites so that business class passengers traveling together can enjoy a large degree of privacy.

Passengers can choose between six additional seat options, depending on whether they want an extra-long bed measuring 2.20 meters, extra space and work area, a seat with a baby bassinet, or simply an exclusive seat directly by the window. A double seat, in which the center console can be retracted to transform it into a reclining surface for two, is also available.

High seat walls and generous shoulder space provide greater privacy in all options. The seats can be converted into a bed at least two meters long and also offer high-definition screens (4K), generously-sized dining tables, wireless charging, noise-canceling headphones and Bluetooth connectivity. All seats are also equipped with a heating and cooling system, giving business class passengers the flexibility to set their own temperature. For extra comfortable side sleeping, seats also feature a shoulder sink-in, allowing the shoulder to sink into the seat, increasing sleeping comfort for side sleepers. A tablet-sized control unit provides access to all seating, lighting, heating/cooling and entertainment functions. Each seat is also directly accessible from the aisle.

The new Premium Economy Class has already been introduced at SWISS in spring 2022, offering more legroom, a fold-out leg rest, and can be adjusted even further back than the current model. Because it will be integrated into a hard shell, however, adjusting it will have no effect on fellow passengers in the row behind. The table and monitor always remain in position. For more comfort, Premium Economy Class passengers will also receive a travel amenity kit made of sustainable materials.

In the future, passengers will have the option of booking additional seats in the first rows that offer

The developers also focused on sustainability aspects in the product development of Allegris. Recyclable materials were used for all 27,000 seats, as well as for blankets, cushions and covers.

A total of five companies produce the “Allegris” seats: The business class is made by three different manufacturers: Stelia (France), Collins (USA) and Thompson (UK). ZIM (Germany) is the manufacturer of the new Premium Economy Class and Recaro (Germany) of the new Economy Class.

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