Lufthansa is introducing its new long-haul Premium Economy Class on November 22, nine days earlier than originally planned.
The airline will introduce its new cabin class on November 22 on all the routes operated by its Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental fleet.
Lufthansa originally planned to launch its Premium Economy Class on December 1, but sister company Lufthansa Technik completed the installation of the new cabins in Lufthansa’s 747-8Is ahead of schedule.
Destinations currently served by Lufthansa’s Boeing 747-8Is are Bangalore, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Beijing, São Paulo, Seoul, Tokyo Haneda and Washington Dulles.
Benefits that Lufthansa offers passengers in its new Premium Economy Class include double the free checked baggage allowance of Economy Class and, for an addtional fee of €25, access to Lufthansa Business lounges prior to take-off.
On board, each passenger in a Premium Economy cabin will be offered a welcome drink. Each seat comes with a power socket, a bottle of water and an enhanced amenity kit.
Meals will be detailed in printed menus given to each Premium Economy passenger and served on china tableware.
Premium Economy passengers will have access to an extensive in-flight entertainment program, which each passenger will view on a large monitor fitted on the backrest of the seat in front.
Lufthansa is offering an introductory 15 per cent discount for Premium Economy Class bookings through December 9, 2014.
For a fee and prior to their flights, passengers booked in Economy Class can upgrade to Premium Economy Class at a Lufthansa travel agency partner or by phoning the Lufthansa Service Center at +1 800 645 3880.
Members of Lufthansa Group’s Miles & More frequent-flyer program can use their mileage credits or eVouchers for an upgrade. Passengers can also upgrade on a last-minute basis to available Premium Economy seats at check-in at the airport.
Lufthansa is equipping its entire 108-aircraft long-haul fleet with Premium Economy cabins and Lufthansa Technik is scheduled to complete the installations by late summer 2015.
Following installation in the carrier’s fleet of Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental jumbos, Lufthansa Technik will install Premium Economy cabins in the airline’s Airbus A380 superjumbos.
Premium Economy seats are now available for booking on many Lufthansa routes.