BA, Air France, Lufthansa revamp first-class cabins

Hotel News - 29/04/2010

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British Airways, Air France and Lufthansa have implemented major cabin overhaul programmes aimed at capturing the market in well-heeled travelers.

Lufthansa’s revamp, in particular, is especially timely. The German carrier launches its new first class cabin in May, shortly before this year’s FIFA World Cup event in South Africa.

According to media reports, aircraft designer Michael Oakey has gone for a contemporary, understated look, rather than something more futuristic. High-gloss wood surfaces, and brown and beige leather are said to feature.

This will also see the new cabin released ahead of the first of Lufthansa’s A380 flights to Johannesburg. That inaugural superjumbo flight will carry the German World Cup team to South Africa for the World Cup competition.

During their flight, the team will get to enjoy food designed by their own chef, who has designed the menus for Lufthansa’s new first class experience.

Lufthansa’s business-class passengers can also experience the in-flight cuisine of Michelin-starred Holger Stromberg, who is chef to the German national football team.

BA and Air France have also invested in new first class cabins.

British Airways already launched its new first class cabin in February. The £100 million revamp includes personal electric blinds and personal wardrobes. The first class cabin in Air France’s new A380 provides passengers with a changing room and an art gallery.

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