Lufthansa is getting skinny seats for European fleet

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:

The German flag-carrier’sdeputy chairman, Christoph Franz, says the ‘Neue Europa Kabine’ concept willenable the carrier to add 5-10% more seats, depending on aircraft type.

Franz says thereconfiguration would add “more or less, without the purchase ofadditional aircraft, the equivalent of around 12 A320s”.

“Basically, 12 A320sfor free,” he says.

Franz assures that passengers will have the same living space, and that theincreased capacity does not “take anything away” from passengers butwill “lower unit costs on the European fleet quite substantially”.

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

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3 Responses to Lufthansa is getting skinny seats for European fleet

  1. Uwe July 6, 2010 at 11:36 am #

    Citroen used to have exceptionally comfy seating for
    their simpler models that exhibited exceptionally low
    “blind volume” :
    http://www.seriouswheels.com/1980-1989/1989-Citroen-2CV-Hermes-Seats-1920×1440.htm

    I would not ask opininated Mr. Aboulafia
    http://www.richardaboulafia.com/shownote.asp?id=318
    but most owners found these seats fully aceptable
    for extended traveltimes ;-)

  2. Jim July 8, 2010 at 12:29 pm #

    Right on the money Mary!
    It is smoke and mirrors.
    Increasing density must reduce living space if the seats are on the same level.

    Why don’t these smart engineers look at the vertical designs that you have written about that REALLY increase density without reducing living space!

    The AirSleeper that you have written about, I think can even be deployed with conventional seat tracks in aircraft in service. From the Press it seems that the AirSleeper can outperform any other architectures for density – even 100% increase in density in some cases.

  3. Mary Kirby July 10, 2010 at 9:31 am #

    On the chance you didn’t see this – Austrian is following parent Luftie and doing the same. And it is making the same argument about ‘same comfort, more pax’.
    http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2010/07/08/344221/austrian-to-follow-lufthansa-move-to-slimline-seats.html