Innovation for tranquillity and comfort
The first Boeing 747-8i for the Lufthansa fleet
Whether in the Airbus A380, the Boeing 747-8i or other aircraft in our long-haul fleet, passengers in First Class enjoy an exceptional travel experience with Lufthansa. Sophisticated novelties like special soundproof curtains and underfloor noise insulation provide peace and quiet and, if desired, the opportunity to sleep undisturbed. Another world’s first is our refined air humidity management system in the A380, which increases air humidity in First Class from five per cent previously to up to 25 per cent.
More mobile options
More and more people are making use of our services and bookings via smartphones and tablet computers. Since mid 2011 we have met this trend by means of the free Lufthansa iPad app. We have also improved the mobile check-in options greatly, so that our passengers can now choose between four different ways of checking in. Since July 2011 it has also been possible to change Lufthansa bookings simply and flexibly online – up to one hour before departure.
Contribution to sustainability
Even with all this technological progress we always keep environmental and sustainability aspects in mind. Even more, all our business segments are working hard to develop and implement innovative technologies and concepts for conserving resources. Examples include the energy-saving engine wash Cyclean from Lufthansa Technik, the flight planning software LIDO from Lufthansa Systems and the environmentally friendly dishwashers in operation at LSG Sky Chefs. Lufthansa was also the first airline in the world to test biofuel in regular flight operations for a period of six months.
We invest continuously in the modernisation of our passenger and freight fleet. This is another way in which we strengthen the competitiveness of the airlines in the Group. In addition to the new Boeing 747-8i planes, we have ordered 30 aircraft from the A320neo family for the Passenger Airline Group, which are to go into service in European traffic from 2016. SWISS will take delivery of 30 new aircraft in the Bombardier C-Series from 2014, which will replace its older planes. From 2013 the Logistics segment will receive five new Boeing 777F freighter aircraft. In all models the focus is on greater fuel efficiency and also on lower operating costs, emissions and noise figures.