Lufthansa’s much anticipated Premium Economy Seat is set to begin rollout later this year throughout the long-haul fleet and is expected to be completed by Spring 2015.    With this new product come changes that will be quite obvious to those who are familiar with Lufthansa’s on-board product.

For passengers old and new, Premium Economy (lets call it PE) will provide a reasonable balance between Business and Economy Class with attractive pricing and ‘perks’ such as bonus miles, amenity kits and enhanced dining.

With 11 aircraft types/versions that will feature the new PE cabin, I thought it would be helpful to consolidate all the Lufthansa seating charts to one post so that you can compare seat charts without having to ‘flip’ screens.  Feel free to bookmark and use this as a reference.  I’ll update this post should LH update the seating maps so it will always have the most up to date information.  If you have any questions regarding Premium Economy, please let me know by leaving a comment or sending me an email.

The ‘PE’ seats will be identical across all aircraft types.   You can find details specific to the seat in a post that I published when PE was officially rolled out in March 2014.

The charts below are directly from Lufthansa and I’ve grouped them accord to aircraft type (747, A340, etc) and then by sub-type (340-300, 340-600, etc.).  You’ll notice a consistency with PE placement aboard all the aircraft.   Apart from the A380, all of the PE seats are located in the middle of the aircraft and share similar traits such as being in ‘mini cabins’ which should create a sense of privacy compared to the typical economy class cabins.

 
The A350:

The A350 will feature only one cabin configuration comprised of 48 Business Class, 21 Premium Economy Class, and 224 Economy Class seats.   The Premium Economy seats are located in rows 12, 14, and 15 (no row 13!).   The seats are located behind Business Class and in Front of Economy.  The A350 will not have a First Class cabin installed.

 

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The A380:

There is only one configuration for the Premium Economy cabin on the A380.  Premium Economy will be located on the Main Deck in front of the aircraft, using rows 50 through 57.  Row 50 and 51 will only have 2 seats on each side of the cabin due to the staircase leading downstairs.  Rows 52 through 57 will be laid out in a 2-4-2 configuration.  My recommendation would be to use rows 52 to 55, otherwise you run the risk of traffic to and from the lavatories and galleys.

 

 A380 Premium Economy Seating Map (Main Deck)

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A380 Upper Deck

 

 

The A330-300:

The A330-300 will feature 2 versions that offer the Premium Economy cabin.   Both versions will be 4-class aircraft offering First, Business, Premium Economy and Economy Class seats.   The difference between the 2 will be the amount of Business and Economy class seats installed.

The first version will offer 8 First, 30 Business, 21 Premium Economy and 177 Economy seats.  The ‘PE’ cabin will be located between Row 20 and 23, directly behind Business class.  Seat layout will be in a  2-3-2 configuration with row 20 offering additional leg room.  This should be a very quiet cabin since since the Galley and Lavs are located far enough away to not be a nuisance.

 

A330-300 (8 First / 30 Business / 21 Premium Economy / 177 Economy)

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A330 (6 First / 30 Business / 21 Premium Economy / 177 Economy)

 

 

The other version of the A330-300 will have 8 First, 42 Business , 21 Premium Economy and 145 Economy seats.    ‘PE’ will be located between rows 24 and 26 directly behind Business Class.  The only difference with this cabin as compared to the other A330 layout is that the lavatories are located fairly close to the rear of PE, behind row 27.   This may create a bit more distraction than the other A330 layout noted above.   As with the other A330 version, it will be in a 2-3-2 configuration.

 

 A330-300 (8 First / 42 Business / 21 Premium Economy / 145 Economy)

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A330-300 (8 First / 42 Business / 21 Premium Economy / 145 Economy)

 

 

 

 

The A340-300 and A340-600:

The A340 aircraft will have 4 different configurations that will offer Premium Economy.    Specifically, the A340-300 and the A340-600 will each feature 2 versions.

The two A340-300 versions with Premium Economy seats will each have 28 PE seats.   These aircraft will be a 3-class aircraft – Business / Premium Economy / Economy.    The difference between the 2 A340-300 versions will be with the number of Business Class and Economy seats.

In A340-300 aircraft that have 42 Business and 181 Economy seats, Premium Economy will be located in rows 15,16,18 and 19 (Lufthansa does not have row 17 in any of their aircraft).  The cabin will be a separate ‘mini-cabin’ located directly behind Business Class.   This cabin should be very well insulated from most noise and traffic since it is no where near the lavatories or galleys.   Row 15 will offer additional leg room as an extra bonus:

 

A340-300 Premium Economy Seating Map I (42 Business / 28 Premium Economy / 181 Economy)

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A340-300 (42 Business /  28 Premium Economy / 181 Economy)

 

 

In A340 Aircraft that have 30 Business and 221 Economy Class seats, Premium Economy will be located in rows 10,11,12 and 14 (Lufthansa aircraft do not have a row 13).   The seats will be have their own ‘mini-cabin’ directly behind Business Class and located directly behind the lavatories and galley.  Row 10 will offer additional leg room, however the benefit may be offset a bit by the proximity to high-traffic areas:

 

A340-300 Seating Map II (30 Business / 28 Premium Economy / 221 Economy)

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A340-300 ‘More Economy’

 

 

The A340-600 aircraft will have 2 versions that include Premium Economy.  Both will have 4 class cabins – First / Business / Premium Economy / Economy.   The difference between the 2 versions will be the amount of Business, Premium Economy and Economy seats.

One version will have 8 First, 44 Business, 32 Premium Economy and 213 Economy seats.   The PE seats on this aircraft will be located in rows 22 through 26.  Located in the middle of the aircraft, the PE cabin will be nicely isolated and should be very quiet.  There should be virtually no traffic coming from Economy since the lavatories are located downstairs behind rows 38-40.  Seats are laid out in a 2-3-2 configuration:

 

  A340-600 Seating Map I (8 First / 44 Business / 32 Premium Economy / 213 Economy)

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A340 (8 First / 44 Business / 32 Premium Economy / 213 Economy)

 

 

The other version of the A340 with ‘PE’ seats will feature more Business Class seats at the expense of Premium Economy and Economy seats.  This version will have 8 First, 56 Business, 28 Premium Economy and 189 Economy class seats.    Premium Economy is located in rows 26 to 29, directly behind Business Class and in the middle of the aircraft.   Row 26 should be the best seat in the PE cabin with additional leg room.    As with the other A340-600 version, this should be a very quiet cabin since all the Economy lavatories are located downstairs towards the rear of Economy.

 

A340-600 Seating Map II (8 First / 56 Business / 28 Premium Economy / 189 Economy)

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A340-600 (8 First / 56 Business / 28 Premium Economy / 189 Economy)

 

 

 

The 747-400:

The 747-400 aircraft will feature 2 versions with Premium Economy.  Absent from these versions will be the First Class cabin which was removed to make room for more Business Class seats in the upper deck.  The 747-400 will have 2 unique looking Premium Economy cabins.

The first  version will feature 53 Business, 32 Premium Economy and 308 Economy seats.   The ‘PE’ cabin in this aircraft between row 24 and 27, in a 2-4-2 layout.   The odd bit about this layout is that the PE Cabin is sandwiched between 2 Economy Class cabins, the galley and the lavatories.    The logic behind this layout is that it allows Lufthansa to have some flexibility with the small economy section located between row 20 and 23.   These seats can be quickly removed to add more Business OR Premium economy seats.   Lets call it a flexible floor plan:

 

 747-400 (53 Business / 32 Premium Economy / 308 Economy) 

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747-400 (53 Business / 32 Premium Economy / 308 Economy)

 

 

The other 747-400 version will feature 67 Business, 32 Premium Economy and 272 Economy seats.    For this version, Premium Economy will be located between row 24 and 27 behind the Business Class Galley and ahead of Economy Class.  As with the other 747-400 version this will be a 2-4-2 layout with Row 24 providing additional leg room:

 

747-400 (67 Business / 32 Premium Economy / 272 Economy)

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747-400 (67 Business / 32 Premium Economy / 272 Economy)

 

 

 

The 747-8i: 

The newest aircraft type in Lufthansa’s fleet will offer 2 cabin versions.   As with other aircraft the difference between the 2 configurations will be the amount of Business Class and Economy Class seats.

The first version will have 8 First, 80 Business, 32 Premium Economy and 244 Economy class seats.  In this version ‘PE’ will be located between row 22 and 25 and will be sandwiched between 2 Economy cabins.  Lavatories are also located in front of Premium Economy which will add traffic coming from both Economy cabins that surround Premium Economy.  Row 22 will over additional leg room as it is the Exit Row.  Be aware that the lavs are located in front of Row 22 so there is the risk of passengers loitering in the exit row space.   As with one of the 747-400 versions, this layout allows Lufthansa to quickly add additional Business Class or Premium Economy seats based on demand:

 

747-8i (8 First / 80 Business / 32 Premium Economy / 244 Economy)

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747-8i (8 First / 80 Business / 32 Premium Economy / 244 Economy)

 

 

The second version of the 747-8i will have Premium Economy located between rows 22 and 25, directly behind Business Class.  Row 22 is the Exit Row, so expect to find substantial leg room.   This version of the 747-8i will have 8 First, 92 Business, 32 Premium Economy and 208 Economy seats.  A pair of lavatories is located in from of the PE cabin which could increase the traffic through PE and you may have people using the extra room around the Exit Row as a waiting area for the Lav.   If you’re sitting in the exit row, be prepared for this and defend your space! :

 

747-8i (8 First / 92 Business / 32 Premium Economy / 208 Economy)

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747-8i (8 First / 92 Business / 32 Premium Economy / 208 Economy)