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Lufthansa Debuts New Premium Economy Class on Airbus A380

Airlines & Airports | Patrick Clarke | March 12, 2015

Lufthansa Debuts New Premium Economy Class on Airbus A380

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Germany's leading airline Lufthansa unveiled its brand new Premium Economy Class this week as its first Airbus A380 equipped with the new travel class cabin departed from Frankfurt en route to Houston, according to Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren of USA Today. 

The new class offers passengers an experience somewhere between standard economy and business class on select long-haul flights. 

"Lufthansa is delighted to be able to offer its passengers the new Premium Economy Class on yet another aircraft type within its fleet," said Juergen Siebenrock, Lufthansa vice president of the Americas. "The A380 and our new Premium Economy Class have proven to be hugely popular among Lufthansa’s passengers."

Some of the features passengers can expect from Lufthansa's Premium Economy Class are seats with 50 percent more space than those in standard economy as well as improved inflight entertainment options, according to the airline's website

An in-seat power outlet, a welcome drink and menu card add to the list of benefits. 

Premium Economy Class customers can also check two bags for free.

Siebenrock went on to state that the move signals "getting another step closer to becoming the first five-star airline in the Western hemisphere."

Lufthansa's first Airbus A340-600s equipped with Premium Economy Class have been flying from Munich to Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo since January and from Munich to Seoul since mid-February. 

The service will become available on the Los Angeles–Frankfurt route by the end of March and then between Houston and Frankfurt continuously starting on April 9.

The new Premium Economy Class will be made available on all A380 routes on April 22. 

Starting in mid-April, the A380s offering Premium Economy Class will fly from Frankfurt to Delhi, Houston, Johannesburg, Miami, New York, San Francisco, Shanghai and Singapore. And on June 15, those routes will be expanded to include Frankfurt-Boston and Frankfurt-Chicago. 

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