German soccer team first to taste

FRANKFURT — The German soccer team for the upcoming World Cup will be among the first batch of travellers to experience what is billed as the world’s “Quietest First Class” when they will be flown on board Lufthansa’s first A380 double-decker to Johannesburg on a special flight on June 6. German soccer team first to taste the world’s “Quietest First Class on A380.

By Issac John

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Published: Fri 21 May 2010, 11:26 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 11:09 AM

Frankfurt The German soccer team for the upcoming World Cup will be among the first batch of travellers to experience what is billed as the world’s “Quietest First Class” when they will beflown on board Lufthansa’s first A380 double-decker to Johannesburg on a special flight on June 6.

The German carrier took delivery of the first of 15 superjumbo Airbus A380 jetsit had ordered on Wednesday in Hamburgand unveiled its new, world’s quietest, first class, at a roll-in ceremony in Frankfurt on the same day evening.

The new airliner, named Frankfurt after the German commercial capital and Lufthansa’s main hub, will commence its first scheduled flight to Beijing from Frankfurt on June 11 after flying the 28-member German soccer team and a VIP delegation on its first overseas flight. The German carrier took delivery of the first of 15 superjumbo Airbus A380 jetsit had ordered on Wednesday in Hamburgand unveiled its new, world’s quietest, first class, at a roll-in ceremony in Frankfurt on the same day evening.

The new airliner, named Frankfurt after the German commercial capital and Lufthansa’s main hub, will commence its first scheduled flight to Beijing from Frankfurt on June 11 after flying the 28-member German soccer team and a VIP delegation on its first overseas flight.

The A380 has a total of 526 seats, including eight in First Class, 98 in Business Class and 420 in Economy Class. From 25 October, the Lufthansa flagship is expected to be deployed on the Frankfurt-Johannesburg route as well.

Speaking at the roll-in ceremony, Wolfgang Mayrhuber, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Deutsche Lufthansa AG, said the airline would take three more A380 this year and would launch services to North America.

With joining of the superjumbo, Lufthansa will have close to around 400 aircraft. The Lufthansa group, which comprises Swiss airlines, Austrian, BMI and Brussels, all f that have been acquired by the German carrier, has a collective fleet strength of more than 720 aircraft.

A Lufthansa spokesman said the German group, which currently has only 49 per cent stake in Brussels airline, would soon be acquiring 100 per cent of shares to reinforce its position as Europe’s largest airline group and the second largest in the world.

The new First Class experience has been developed in close collaboration with Lufthansa passengers. More than 2,000 surveys and ten workshops were conducted during development phases, with customers actively involved in the implementation of the concept, assessing the seats and integrating their suggestions and comments into final designs, he said.

A Lufthansa spokesman said the airline has identified ‘a quiet and peaceful atmosphere’ as one of the most important needs of its First Class customers. “As a result, sound-absorbing curtains have been developed and installed to partition off the rest of the cabin, while special sound- insulating material in the aircraft’s outer skin and sound-absorbing carpeting blocks footstep noise, ensuring the world’s quietest First Class cabin.” “The A380 offers our passengers a first-rate travel experience. The dimensions of the Airbus A380 and its flight characteristics make travelling on this aircraft a truly unique experience. In all three-travel classes, our passengers can enjoy the ultimate in comfort. The exceptional and exclusive First Class concept, which was designed according to our passengers’ wishes and needs, is particularly impressive,” said Thierry Antinori, member of the Lufthansa German Airlines Board responsible for Marketing and Sales, at the presentation of the new First Class in Frankfurt, Germany.

The new First Class also boasts of a more open space and light, more comfort and more entertainment options, all developed by Lufthansa Technik, the world’s leading provider of aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul.

“Involving our customers in the development phases is reflective of Lufthansa’s consistent commitment to the highest standards of customer service, quality and care. Lufthansa Technik has unparalleled experience in interior design and fitting of VIP and Corporate Jets for top executives and for affluent private individuals and families. We used this in the development of our new First Class, setting new standards and sure to impress even those who are used to the best,” said Joachim Steinbach, Lufthansa’s Vice President Sales & Services, Southeast Europe, Africa, Middle East & Pakistan.

The air humidification system, the first of its kind to be installed on a commercial aircraft, and the lighting concept, which adjusts according to the time of day, also contribute towards passengers’ well being on board, he said.

“We want to be less splashy but more focussed on customer comfort,” a Lufthansa spokesman told Khaleej Times. “Instead of just a washroom with a lavatory, First Class passengers find a luxurious bathroom with a wash and changing area separated from the lavatory area. The room is well-equipped and provides plenty of room to move around in.”

In Business and Economy Class on its A380 - the world’s largest and most modern commercial aircraft - Lufthansa also offers its customers the highest level of passenger comfort.

The A380 is also setting new standards in terms of environmental compatibility due to its specific fuel consumption of three liters per passenger per 100 kilometers and thanks to its quiet Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines, which have very low noise emissions.

Lufthansa now flies 14 frequencies to Dubai from Frankfurt and Munich and six to Abu Dhabi. Together with its wholly owned subsidiaries Swiss and Austrian, the Lufthansa network operates 34 weekly services from the UAE.

In the 2009 business year, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group welcomed more than 76 million passengers on board their flights, making it Europe’s leading airline grouping. Operating through the Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna, London-Heathrow, Brussels and Zurich hubs, Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, BMI, Brussels Airlines and SWISS jointly serve 274 destinations in 104 countries on four continents. The Group fleet currently consists of more than 720 aircraft – on order are another 146, valued at a total of €13 billion at list price and scheduled for delivery between 2010 and 2016. —issacjohn@khaleejtimes.com



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