Industry Lufthansa becomes first European airline with Airbus Airspace cabin

Lufthansa has become the first airline in Europe to have the new Airbus Airspace cabin installed on single-aisle aircraft.

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Germany´s largest carrier Lufthansa has started operations with its first Airbus A320 Family aircraft featuring Airbus´ newest Airspace cabin for single-aisle aircraft. The Airbus A321neo with registration D-AIEK was delivered to the airline from Airbus´ Final Assembly Line at Hamburg-Finkenwerder at the beginning of August this year.

Lufthansa has now become the first operator in Europe to fly with the new cabin in regular passenger service, the Airline group opted for the new cabin back in 2018. Then, Lufthansa group decided to equip over 80 aircraft in total with the new interior.

Heike Birlenbach, Head of Customer Experience, Lufthansa Group, said: "Regardless of the crisis, we continue to focus emphatically on a premium product for our guests […] For us, premium means providing high-quality, individualized and relevant offers for all our passengers at all times. With the new Airspace Cabin, we are significantly improving the travel experience on short-haul routes and setting a new industry benchmark."

Main features of the new cabin are slimmer sidewall panels for more space at shoulder level, new and larger overhead bins, LED lighting technologies in the entrance area and the entire cabin, redesigned windows with smaller bezels and integrated window shades, and new lavatories with touchless features.

Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International, added: “Lufthansa has once again made a choice of innovation and passenger appeal, raising the bar for the flying public at large to experience next-level, Airbus leading cabin innovations […] I am delighted to welcome one of our long-term partners, Lufthansa, to become the first European operator for the A320neo Family Airspace cabin. I can’t wait to fly on one of these aircraft.”

Swiss, Brussels Airlines and Eurowings will be other carriers of the group to receive A320 Family aircraft with the new cabin, Lufthansa stated.

Lufthansa has been an Airbus customer for over 40 years and was the launch operator of the A321 and the A320neo, underlining the history the carrier has with Airbus. This latest step shows that Lufthansa Group is still committed in keeping this partnership alive.

As one of the biggest Airbus operators in the world, Lufthansa is currently flying with 22 A319s, 79 A320s, 42 A321s, 13 A330s, 16 A340s and 17 A350 XWBs.

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