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Photos: Lufthansa Boeing 747-8i First Class

By Devesh Agarwal

In late April, on a business trip, I flew from Bangalore to Frankfurt aboard Lufthansa’s newest Boeing 747-8i D-ABYH. She is named Thüringen after the state located in central Germany with its capital at Erfurt.

While the business class was packed, the First Class was strangely empty. As we were flying over Europe, a kind and cooperative cabin crew gave me a tour of the “Quietest First Class Cabin” in the sky, and it was quiet. Missing was the classic whoosh sound of the air rushing past the nose of the aircraft.

Eight seats. Six individual along the windows and one double in the centre.
The new 747-8i cabin shares many common aspects of the “Sky Interior” with the 737 and 787.
Uber comfortable seats with “share system” which moulds to the body convert in to beds with nice thick duvets.
The meal presentation with the red rose, the signature of Lufthansa’s ‘Senator’ service

Some of the features of the Lufthansa Boeing 747-8i First Class.

  • “The quietest First Class in the world”.
  • Outer skin insulation: optimum protection against engine noise and other annoying sounds
  • Sound-insulating curtains absorb noise from the on-board galley and the travel classes next to it
  • Sound-deadening flooring: specially structured floor in the aisle, including the use of soundproofing foam
  • “Best bed in class” – widest bed, with a width of 80 cm x 207cm length
  • Exceptional seating comfort – upholstery, continuous adjustment mechanism and an endless number of sitting positions developed with external ergonomics experts
  • Seat cushion moulds to every sitting/recumbent position, thanks to the “Shape System”
  • Personal wardrobe
  • Electrically powered window shades
  • Washrooms in the Lufthansa First Class design

Can some of Lufthansa’s competing airlines to give me a short ride in their first class for a comparison report?

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.
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