UPDATE #2: I have received images directly from someone who attended the show, however my Ipad is not letting me upload images, so I will post them later this afternoon!
Today in Berlin, Lufthansa has officially revealed the look of their new Business Class seat specifically designed for long haul flights.
I had previously posted about the roll out along with a picture of the seat several days ago, which you can read about here.
To see several new images in Lufthansa’s official media gallery, please CLICK HERE to be taken to Lufthansa’s site.
Popular to some sentinements that I’ve observed, you will not be touching your neighbor’s toes due to the angle of the new pods unless you make an effort to do so. Honestly, with enough effort you can touch your neighbor’s toes in virtually anykind of seat on most aircraft. I guess where there’s a will, there’s a way. The engineering rationale behind the angled seating is to allow easier seat and aisle access for the window passenger. Comparing it to other business class seats such as United’s where you have to literally hurdle over your neighbor to exit your window seat, this seat set up will be far easier to navigate and you won’t pull a hamstring in the process.
The seat itself is a major improvement over the old seat, especially since this new seat will have true lay flat (180 degree) capabilities so that even the tallest of travelers will not be prone to sliding down their seat. Up til now that had been the biggest criticism of Lufthansa’s previous business class seat.
The rollout of the seat will begin with the new 747-8i (delivery imminent!) and then will be retrofitted to the existing fleet over the next few years.
Personally, I like the look of the seats. The IFE screen has been improved and made bigger and I think quite honestly that Lufthansa has a winner here.
I hope to have pictures posted shortly from the Berlin Travel Show where the seats officially debuted but for now, here is a link to a great video clip courtesy of Lufthansa showing the seat in a typical cabin configuration.