Lufthansa’s Allegris Business Class Launch Rescheduled for 2024
The new Allegris cabins have been in the works since 2017 and were scheduled for launch this summer, but it has now been pushed back to 2024
Lufthansa, the national airline of Germany, has revealed that the release of its highly-anticipated, redesigned Business Class cabins has been postponed until 2024 due to problems with delivery.
First unveiled in Berlin in February this year, Lufthansa’s new Allegris cabins were scheduled to first appear on commercial flights this summer, but a delay in the delivery of Lufthansa’s brand-new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners has forced the carrier to push the launch date back to early next year.
Lufthansa first announced a new business class cabin back in 2017, but not one of its aircraft has yet been retrofitted with the new interior. This latest announcement, made during Lufthansa’s earnings presentation for Q2 2023, is a further setback to the German airline.
It has now been confirmed that the first aircraft to feature the new Allegris cabin will be Lufthansa’s sixth Boeing 787-9, which it is scheduled to take delivery of in 2024. Following this aircraft’s first commercial flights, the cabins will be rolled out on Lufthansa’s Airbus A350-900s.
“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,” said Carsten Spohr, CEO of Lufthansa Group. “This introduction is contingent upon receiving our newly constructed 787-9, which regrettably faces a delay and is now projected for early 2024.”
Lufthansa announced that the upgraded 787-9 aircraft will have three cabin classes: Business, Premium Economy, and Economy. The revamped Airbus A350-900 planes will have four cabins, including First Class seating.
Eventually, Lufthansa plans to roll out the Allegris business class cabins across over 100 aircraft in its fleet, including its A350s, 787s, 747-8s, and the upcoming Boeing 777-X.
Some of Lufthansa’s older aircraft, including Boeing 747-700s and Airbus A340-300/600s, are set to be retired from its fleet in the coming years, so they are unlikely ever to feature the new cabins.
According to Lufthansa, their new Allegris product will enhance the onboard experience for customers by providing added privacy and personalization options. The airline’s website explains that the Business Class cabins will feature seven different seat types, giving passengers more choices to customize their flight experience.
Each seat will have direct aisle access and can be individually cooled or heated per each passenger’s desires. Meanwhile, all seat, temperature, lighting, and entertainment functions can be managed via a personalized tablet, and the heightened seat shells will ensure a higher level of privacy for passengers.
Furthermore, each seat will have an 18-inch, 4K monitor, noise-canceling headphones, wireless charging, sockets, and Bluetooth capabilities.
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