The new A350-900 was presented to the public today in Munich with a spectacular light show and an official unveiling ceremony in the Lufthansa Technik Hangar.
A media show with light projections served as a 10-minute “fireworks”. In the presence of 2,000 employees and guests, the world’s most advanced long-haul aircraft was then christened and named after city of Nuremberg.
The Senior Mayor of Nuremberg, Dr. Ulrich Maly, took on the role of the aircraft’s ‘godfather’. There were also speeches from Carsten Spohr, CEO of the Lufthansa Group, and from the Bavarian Finance Minister, Dr Markus Söder, Dr Michael Kerkloh, CEO of Munich Airport and Thomas Enders, CEO of Airbus. “With the A350-900 we introduce our 2-liter fleet, a milestone in our fleet strategy as its entry into service marks a generational change on long-haul routes”, Carsten Spohr says in his address.
Self-service area in Business Class
Lufthansa is offering its Business Class passengers a service which can be used at any time between the regular meal slots. In a newly-designed self-service area, passengers will in future be able to simply help themselves to snacks and drinks. They will of course still be able to order drinks from their seats from the cabin crew staff if they prefer.
New seats in Economy Class
The A350-900 also has more comfortable seating for passengers in the Economy Class section. The seats, which have been supplied by manufacturer Zodiac Seats, have special ergonomically-formed seat upholstery, and there is also more space for the storage of personal effects. Various shades of blue have been chosen for the seating, gradually getting lighter towards the center of the cabin.
The on-board entertainment system on the A350-900 is also leading edge in its range of options. For the first time, passengers can make a selection from the on-board program from home before setting off and can then add their favorite items to a playlist. To make use of this facility, passengers simply need to download the “Lufthansa Companion App” onto their own tablet or mobile phone. The on-board program is available up to six weeks in advance. Once on board, passengers then synchronize their personal favorite playlists with the screen in front of the seat, and they also have the option of using their own mobile device as a second screen.
Arrive at your destination feeling better rested – more comfortable cabin pressure and an innovative lighting concept
At 5.6 meters wide, the cabin of the new Airbus is more spacious than comparable models of aircraft, giving passengers the feeling of having a more generous amount of space. Thanks to the particular construction of the A350-900, cabin pressure during the flight is more comfortable, meaning that passengers reach their destination feeling better rested. The cabin pressure will be similar to the air pressure at a height of 1,800 meters instead of 2,400 meters in a comparable aircraft. The effect is further enhanced through a novel LED lighting system. As the first airline worldwide to do so, Lufthansa is using a range of different light settings on board the A350-900, which are designed to fit in with the day and night-time rhythm of the passengers.
As of 10 February, Lufthansa will be stationing the first ten Airbus A350-900 aircraft in Munich. The first destinations will be Delhi and Boston. The aircraft will have room for 293 passengers – 48 in Business Class, 21 in Premium Economy and 224 in Economy Class. The A350-900 is the world’s most advanced and most environmentally friendly long-haul aircraft. It uses 25 percent less kerosene, produces 25 percent fewer emissions and is significantly quieter on take-off than comparable types of aircraft.