Lufthansa has a limited longhaul network out of Dusseldorf, serving exactly one city: Newark, NJ. That flight will be downgraded in big way for business class travelers in August.
During the month of August (02 August thru 04 September, 2018 to be precise), Lufthansa will place a 737-700 operated by PrivatAir on the route.
The flight will operate six days per week (no operations on Tuesday) and features 20 “lie-flat” seats in business class and 66 seats in economy class. Seat pitch in economy class is 31″ and 58″ in business class. I write lie-flat in quotations because this is Lufthansa’s last-generation business class product (pictured below) which features an “angled lie-flat seat” (technically flat, but sloping downward so as not parallel to the ground when in lie-flat mode).
I will say this: it is a great ratio for upgrading!
This is not the first time Lufthansa has used a PrivatAir 737 on its Dusseldorf to Munich route. In fact, as far back as 2002 Lufthansa used a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) operated by PrivatAir. Back then, the aircraft was configured in an all business class configuration with 48 seats.
This new flight rekindles my interest in my 737 around the world trip, which has been shelved for now due to other work commitments.
I expect plenty of award space on this route, but do believe that business class is difficult to justify considering the lack of lie-flat product on a short overnight flight coupled with primarily Eurowings options out of Dusseldorf.
Would you fly this business class product?
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