Lufthansa will reduce the first-class capacity of airplane Airbus A350 at the expense of economy seats, which will rise. The airline company will introduce the airplane Airbus A350 into its fleet since January 2017, which will replace the aircraft Airbus A340-600 on several destinations and routes, providing higher efficiency and capacity. Currently operated Airbus A340-600 has 8 first-class, 56 business, 28 premium economy and 189 economy seats, while the new aircraft Airbus A350 will have no first-class, 48 business, 21 premium economy and 224 economy seats.
Lufthansa plans to station ten of its Airbus A350 at Munich, commissioning them in January 2017. The airline company has orders for 25 aircrafts from this type with delivery in 2017-2019. Airbus A350 will be operated by the mainline rather than a subsidiary.
Currently, Lufthansa has 20 Airbus A340-600 in service today, which were built between 2003 and 2009. The company will continue to operate them from its secondary hub.
Airbus A350 is long-range, twin-engine, wide-body jet airliner, which is the first with both fuselage and wing structures made primarily of carbon-fibre-reinforced polymer. Its variants seat 280 to 366 passengers in typical three-class seating layouts. Airbus A350 features new composite wings with a wingspan that is common to the three proposed variants. With an area of 443 sq m the airplane has largest wing of a single-deck widebody aircraft in production. Airbus A350 has overall length of 66.80 m, height of 17.05 m, wingspan of 64.75 m and wing area of 443 sq m. The fuselage width is 5.96 m, while the fuselage height is 6.09 m.