Lufthansa last week said its cabin reconfiguration project for its European fleet is not about additional seat density, but as we suspected, that will indeed be the end result.
Key pars from my colleague David Kaminski-Morrow's latest article:
Franz assures that passengers will have the same living space, and that the increased capacity does not "take anything away" from passengers but will "lower unit costs on the European fleet quite substantially".
The German flag-carrier's deputy chairman, Christoph Franz, says the 'Neue Europa Kabine' concept will enable the carrier to add 5-10% more seats, depending on aircraft type.
Franz says the reconfiguration would add "more or less, without the purchase of additional aircraft, the equivalent of around 12 A320s".
"Basically, 12 A320s for free," he says.
So that we're clear, the Neue Europa Kabine isn't about density but it really is, but it isn't, but it is, but it isn't. Got it?
The photo above should not be taken to mean that Lufthansa's seats will resemble lawn chairs.
(Photo available from gfpeck's Flickr photo stream)