As I hinted at last week, and as covered by Musings of the Global Traveller, Lufthansa is reconfiguring many of their 747s, cutting the number of first class seats in half. Now in Lufthansa’s case, it’s not that they’re reducing the number of first class seats because they want to add more seats in other cabins, but rather that they’re improving the first class product. The upper deck will go from having 16 to eight seats. Apparently each first class “suite” will include both a seat and a bed, which is a pretty novel concept.
Unfortunately with the huge first class capacity cuts comes virtually no first class award space as of late April 2011 on the 747. There’s still award space on their A330/340 aircraft, and very limited award space on the 747 on a couple of routes (like Chicago to Frankfurt), though it’s not looking good.
Given that Lufthansa was the absolute best airline when it comes to transatlantic first class award space, this is potentially a huge loss.