Lufthansa has unveiled the first of 25 Airbus A350-900 at a ceremony for staff and media.
The first ten of the new aircraft will be stationed at Munich and the first destinations will be Delhi and Boston. A second A350 will join by the end of February and a total of seven A350s will be delivered to Lufthansa this year.
Each aircraft will have seating for 293 passengers – 48 in Business Class, 21 in Premium Economy and 224 in Economy Class. The A350 is equipped with Lufthansa’s latest cabin products, including new seats, inflight entertainment and inflight connectivity in all classes.
Lufthansa Companion App
The A350 will feature Lufthansa’s upgraded in-flight entertainment system, which lets passengers customise their on-board entertainment selections from six weeks in advance.
Passengers load the “Lufthansa Companion App” onto their own tablet or mobile phone.
Once on board, passengers then synchronize their personal favorite playlist with the seatback screen, and there is also the option to use the own mobile device as a second screen.
There is currently a choice of 100 movies, 200 TV programs, an extensive audio program with lots of CDs, playlists and audio books, games to play, and a children’s section with lots of different films and music to choose from, plus information from the world of Lufthansa.
Lufthansa will be the first airline worldwide to use a range of different settings for the on-board lighting of the A350-900 which are designed to fit with the day and night-time biorhythms of their passengers.
Warm light for relaxation is supplied during periods of rest, whereas cooler light provides stimulation for more active phases.
Lighting effects will also be used to emulate a pleasant restaurant atmosphere on board during mealtimes.
Altogether, the new A350-900 LED technology can provide around 24 different lighting settings. Lufthansa will also be re-fitting its Boeing 747-800s with the new lighting system.
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