German flag-carrier Lufthansa is examining the development of a specialised all-sleeper configuration for the economy-class cabin on long-haul flights, and has been canvassing passenger opinion on the concept.
One possible configuration for Lufthansa’s proposed ‘Sleepers Class’
The airline has generated an conceptual image of the proposed ‘Sleepers Class’ cabin, showing a possible arrangement featuring fully lie-flat bunks stacked three-high in a herringbone layout on either side of the cabin, with additional berths in a wide central aisle.
Star Alliance member Lufthansa is considering the sleeper-cabin for specific intercontinental services – possibly overnight flights, such as those to Johannesburg, Sao Paulo and Shanghai – although the carrier says that it has not progressed to the stage of examining potential specific routes.
Under the scheme a passenger would opt to book a bed for the flight rather than a regular economy-class seat. It is unclear whether the beds would convert from a seating layout.
A spokeswoman for Lufthansa confirms that the airline is formally looking into the idea, and running a customer survey, although she adds: “Of course there’s no final decision yet. There are, as such, no certain plans whether or not to realise an idea like this.”
She adds that such a scheme would have to be developed much further, particularly on the regulatory front, before it could become a realistic option for passengers.
Lufthansa says that its studies are only preliminary and there are few further details available. The airline has not indicated the potential capacity of an all-sleeper cabin, nor has it stated which aircraft types might feasibly be configured with the layout. Lufthansa has several long-haul aircraft on order including the Airbus A380 and Boeing 747-8.