Lufthansa introduces new business class

Mumbai: Lufthansa German Airlines will introduce its new generation ‘business class’ service on its Airbus 340-300 aircraft to the Indian market from June this year.

Lufthansa held its global sales conference in India for the first time this week, in recognition of a market growing in global importance for the carrier. India’s share in Lufthansa’s Asia Pacific revenues grew in 2003 from 13 per cent to 17 per cent. Addressing a Press Meet in New Delhi today, Thierry Antinori, Lufthansa’s executive vice president marketing and sales and member of the executive board, said despite a difficult year for aviation in 2003, India had continued to shine.

“India will be amongst the first few routes to receive Lufthansa’s brand new business class products, offered on the Airbus 340-300. We are confident that these additional services will further strengthen our commercial and cultural ties with India,” Antinori added

In another first for the Indian market, the flights between New Delhi and Munich will soon feature FlyNet - the on-board broadband internet connectivity in all classes offered for the first time in international civil aviation by Lufthansa.

“With these bold moves, Lufthansa has maintained and strengthened its position as the No. 1 European airline operating in India with 29 scheduled weekly flights between Germany and India,” said Antinori.

Lufthansa’s new business class product was developed over two and a half years of rigorous designing and testing with an investment of 300 million Euros. The new ergonomically-designed business class seat offers 25 per cent more space than before and converts into a two-metre long private bed with massage functions and remote control settings.