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Lufthansa has unveiled its Business Class cabin that will be fitted to the Boeing 777-9 from 2020. The airline ordered 34 of the aircraft in September 2013.

It has taken advantage of the 5.96m wide cabin on the new aircraft to offer a mixed configuration of 1+2+1 and 1+1+1, all with direct access to the aisle. The new seats also provide customers with a significantly increased amount of personal space, more privacy, as well as generous storage compartments and flat surfaces.

Options include either a seat with twice as much desk space or an extended-length bed up to 86.6in. In bed mode, the construction of the back rest makes it possible for the shoulder to sink in, keeping the spine straight for side sleepers.

Using digital interfaces, all the functions of the seat – including the inflight entertainment system (with large HD monitor) – can be controlled using the passenger’s personal device. Smartphones and tablets can be recharged at the seat using wireless technology.

The concept was developed with long-time collaborator PearsonLloyd of London.





easyJet is to trial wifi IFE on five of its Swiss-based aircraft before rolling it out across the fleet of 279 Airbus A320 aircraft. Called Air Time, it has been developed by Barcelona-based Immfly, which also has Iberia Express, Volotea and XL Airways as customers, and will be available in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

Rakuten is to be the official sponsor and curator of content that includes films, series, books, kids’ programmes, games, newspapers, magazines, practical information, language courses (developed in partnership with uTalk and including more than 80 languages), destination guides and more. Articles on international news, business, culture, sci-tech and European affairs will be provided by Euronews.

There is also included a digital buy-on-board catalogue, Bistro & Boutique, that features meals, snacks and refreshments, as well as shopping products ranging from fragrances and cosmetics to gadgets and toys. There is practical information about the flight and an interactive 3D map of the route in the Flight Info section, as well as information on local weather conditions and forecasts provided by the The Weather Network, and information about easyJet’s UNICEF campaign.

The hardware has been supplied by Kontron and consists of the ACE Flight 4600 airborne server, removable storage devices, and the Cab-n-Connect A100 Cabin Wireless Access Point.

The trial aircraft will operate from Geneva and Basel, serving over 90 destinations, including Amsterdam, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Manchester, Rome and Tel Aviv. >>


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