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Lufthansa A380: What you need to know

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Published: 08/11/2014 - Filed under: News »

Lufthansa received its first Airbus A380 in May 2010 and launched its maiden scheduled flight from Frankfurt to Tokyo the following month.

The German carrier now has 12 superjumbos in its fleet with a further two on order.

Following Lufthansa tradition, its first two A380s were named Frankfurt am Main and Munchen. Subsequent superjumbos were named after Star Alliance hub cities like Brussels, Tokyo and Beijing.

Lufthansa A380

Lufthansa A380

Lufthansa A380

Lufthansa currently deploys its A380s between Frankfurt and eight destinations - Houston, Miami, San Francisco, New York, Johannesburg, Beijing, Shanghai and Singapore. From October 26, it will fly the superjumbo from Frankfurt to Mumbai and Delhi.

Eight of the airline's 12 A380s are in a three-class configuration accommodating 526 passengers; the remaining four have been fitted with Lufthansa's new fully-flat business seating and have the same layout, except for two less seats in business class.

On the upper deck, there are eight First Class seats in the front cabin in a 1-2-1 layout, followed by two cabins containing 98 Business seats (96 in the fully-flat seating configuration) in 2-2-2.

Economy occupies the entirety of the main lower deck and seats 420 across four cabins in a 3-4-3 configuration. Only Emirates has a larger number of economy seats, with 427.

Seats in First and Business are equipped with AC power ports while economy seats come with USB ports and iPhone chargers.

Lufthansa A380 first class

Lufthansa luxury: A fully-flat bed in First Class

Lufthansa new business class

New seating: Four of Lufthansa's 12 A380s are fitted with fully-flat seats in business class

Lufthansa A380 business

2-2-2: Business on the upper deck. This is the older cabin and will soon be upgraded to fully-flat seating with 96 seats instead of 98

Lufthansa A380 economy

The entire main lower deck is given over to 420 Economy seats

Each bed in First measures 207cm in length, and 80cm wide and has an adjustable privacy screen. Meanwhile, "sound-absorbing carpets" eliminate the noise of footsteps and the lighting system automatically adjusts to the time of day.

From mid-summer 2015, Lufthansa will have fit its new long-haul premium economy and fully-flat business seating onto all of its A380 aircraft.

Business seats are lie-flat with a slight downward slope. To read a review of Lufthansa A380 Business Class, click here.

lufthansa.com

Graham Smith


Eight of Lufthansa's 12 superjumbos accommodate 526 passengers as this seatplan shows. The remaining four have been fitted with new fully-flat business seating and have the same layout, except for two less seats in business.

Lufthansa A380 seatplan

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For a business traveller what you need to know about the Lufthansa A380 is that it puts the 'bus' back into Airbus. DLH has managed to make the world's greatest cabin space feel like travelling in a big bus. The low-rise 'open plan' seat design, all the grey plastic, no air vents, no storage space, tiny IFE screens, uncomfortable seats – the Lufthansa business cabin is the best example I know of what not to do with an A380. It feels like sitting in a normal aircraft, only much more so. How have they managed to get this and the 747-8 so wrong?

"Business seats are lie-flat with a slight downward slope." I disagree. The slope is substantial with the result that I keep sliding down.

Martin, you are right. I have to fight with the same issue... - We have to wait until new Business class will be implemented as it is already in 747-8 and in some A330. But the upgrade will be finalised in May 2015!!!

Just flown Lufthansa A380 business class Johannesburg - Frankfurt. Absolute disgrace. Seats are the worst business class offering of all carriers. Narrow, far from lie flat and in my humble opinion,no comparison to Emirates. Will definitely not pay to fly them again. I would have thought the Germans would have done things properly.

My Swiss flight from Newark was cancelled and i got rebooked to LH 747 Business class. This was a nightmare. Seats was so old and the service was below everything. I hope they really take action because Swiss was a dream in every way ;)

I haven't flown on this a/c but just watching their video the biz class seats LOOK uncomfortable, never mind having to sit in them for hours. Avoid.

flew this some 2+ years back when they had a great £ 340 return MAN-PEK: great flight as the planes were almost empty and bagging a 4 across centre row was easy. Doubt the economy will be as comfortable now.

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