Lufthansa will receive its first A350-900 this December. The A350 is the most modern long haul aircraft worldwide. I have reviewed what to expect in business class on Lufthansa’s A350. Finnair was the first European airline to put the Airbus A350 into service and you can read the review of my Finnair flight on the A350 Brussels to Hesinki routing. I have also reviewed the cabins of a number of airlines currently operating the A350 are including Delta, Finnair, Qatar Airways, TAM / LATAM, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Ethiopian Airlines, Vietnam Airlines and Thai Airways.
Flying on the Airbus A350 is an altogether better experience and should also reduce passenger jet lag. It is built largely from the lighter construction material, carbon fibre, which enables a 25 per cent increased operational efficiency. The A350 has a number of advantages over older jets including a quieter environment, larger panoramic windows, LED mood lighting that can simulate sunset and sunrise, lower cabin pressure and a high-efficiency filtration system that changes the air in the cabin completely every three minutes. All this means that passengers should suffer less jet lag as the groggy feeling when you leave the plane is partially caused by a lack of oxygen when flying. Lower air pressure on older jets means there is less oxygen in the air. The higher air pressure in the A350 means there is more oxygen in the cabin which should immediately alleviate some of the problems of jet lag.
“Our passengers will be able to enjoy a higher level of comfort on their flights to Delhi as we have now made further improvements to key components of the A350-900’s cabin interior. This includes, among other things, a newly designed self-service area in Business Class, new seats with ergonomically designed cushions in Economy Class, larger screens in all classes and improved broadband internet services”, says Thomas Winkelmann, CEO of the Munich Hub.
From February 2017 onwards, Lufthansa will launch the first ten Airbus A350 aircrafts from Munich. The first flight destinations are Delhi and Boston. The aircraft will have space for 293 passengers: 48 in Business Class, 21 in Premium Economy and 224 in Economy Class section.
The first regular commercial flight will be from Munich to Delhi on 10 February 2017.
Read about which other airlines fly the Airbus A350 and my top 10 Best Business Class airlines for long haul travel.
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