BMI fleet to have new seats and cabin: Lufthansa

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Lufthansa Group's UK operation BMI is to fit new seats in its aircraft as part of a cabin refurbishment this year.

The decision was disclosed during an investor briefing yesterday as Lufthansa detailed the UK carrier's progress on turnaround.

It says BMI will receive a "significant product upgrade" with a new cabin interior and lighter seats this year. Lufthansa has been introducing lightweight seats on other carriers within the group.

Lufthansa admits that while losses at BMI have been "dramatically reduced" the company is "not where we want [it] to be" in terms of closing on breaking even - partly due to operational difficulties in 2010 and the nature of the UK market.

Efforts to restructure the network in favour of destinations in oil-producing countries in north Africa and the Middle East have also been hit by the unrest in the region, notably forcing BMI to abandon its new Libyan service almost as soon as it began.