Lufthansa’s planned introduction of the Airbus A350 from January 2017 will further reduce the airline’s first-class capacity while the number of economy seats will rise.
The twinjet will be configured without first class in a layout comprising 48 business, 21 premium economy and 224 economy seats. But the aircraft it will replace – the A340-600 – is fitted with eight first-class, 56 business, 28 premium economy and 189 economy seats, Lufthansa’s website shows.
The airline plans to station 10 A350s at Munich, and has orders for 25 aircraft of the type.
Lufthansa says it will continue to operate A330s with first-class seats from its secondary hub.
It adds that the A350s will be operated by the mainline rather than a subsidiary such as regional unit CityLine.
That division is operating A340-300s from Frankfurt with a denser cabin layout – with no first-class and fewer business seats – under the mainline brand.
Flightglobal’s Fleets Analyzer database shows that Lufthansa has 20 A340-600s in service today, and that these were built between 2003 and 2009.