Lufthansa Group presents new seat for Air­bus A320 Fam­ily air­craft

Kuwait Times - - Business -

KUWAIT: With the start of the planned Air­bus A320 Fam­ily air­craft de­liv­er­ies start­ing in 2019, Lufthansa Group cus­tomers will be of­fered new seats on short- and medium-haul routes.

The new, er­gonomic pres­sure dis­tri­bu­tion and fully-struc­tured seat up­hol­stery will al­low cus­tomers to have an ever more com­fort­able feel­ing on board.

The newly, in­no­vated lit­er­a­ture pocket has been hor­i­zon­tally de­signed, leav­ing a slim­mer back­rest, which al­lows guests to en­joy more per­sonal free­dom. In ad­di­tion, travel be­comes more com­fort­able not only dur­ing the flight, but also while the air­craft is taxi­ing, dur­ing take-off and land­ing: Pre­vi­ously, guests were seated at a 12 de­gree in­cli­na­tion dur­ing the three phases men­tioned above, whereas now they will be able to rest com­fort­ably with their back­rest at 20 de­grees dur­ing the whole flight. Busi­ness Class guests can also set the back­rest to 26 de­grees dur­ing cruis­ing al­ti­tude. Paul Estoppey, Head of Prod­uct Cabin Lufthansa Group Hub Air­lines says: “A lot of cus­tomer feed­back went into de­sign­ing the seat and we are pleased to have al­ready re­ceived a lot of pos­i­tive feed­back on the im­ple­mented fea­tures over the course of the project.”

For the first time, the net­work air­lines Lufthansa, SWISS and Aus­trian Air­lines are jointly in­tro­duc­ing stan­dard­ized seats for a har­monised, com­fort­able travel ex­pe­ri­ence. In ad­di­tion to the ad­van­tages for cus­tomers, the fo­cus of de­vel­op­ment was also aimed at re­duc­ing weight and main­te­nance costs. Af­ter sev­eral pre­lim­i­nary talks, cus­tomer tests and qual­ity au­dits, the Ital­ian man­u­fac­turer Geven clearly won the con­tract for the pro­duc­tion of the seats.

“Geven has an ex­cel­lent rep­u­ta­tion in the in­dus­try, which we can fully con­firm,” Estoppey em­pha­sizes. “The co­op­er­a­tion has been ex­cel­lent from day one and we, as the Lufthansa Group, have al­ways ben­e­fited from Geven’s great ex­per­tise and cre­ative sup­port for the fur­ther de­vel­op­ment of the seat.”

A320 fleet stan­dard­ized

The Air­bus A320 of the Lufthansa Group is to be con­fig­ured and stan­dard­ized mov­ing for­ward in such a way that air­craft can be con­verted with lit­tle ef­fort within a short time should the air­craft be trans­ferred be­tween the air­lines of the Lufthansa Group. This will en­able the Lufthansa Group to re­act more quickly and flex­i­bly to cur­rent de­vel­op­ments and eas­ily and ef­fi­ciently move around air­craft and ca­pac­ity across the air­lines and hubs of the Group. Costs for con­ver­sion and down­time can also be sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced. In ad­di­tion, the stan­dard­iza­tion will re­sult in fur­ther syn­er­gies in the pro­cure­ment of air­craft and com­po­nents. The air­line brands are pro­tected by a dif­fer­ent brand im­age.

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