Lufthansa is once again removing First Class from many aircraft, this time many Airbus A330-300s operating out of Munich will be affected and converted to three cabins – Business, Premium Economy, and Economy.
Everyone knows Lufthansa First Class is my favourite way to fly. They offer one of the best First Class cabins in the world and combined with German efficiency, you can’t get better service… though the food could be better!
Lufthansa first began to cut First Class a few years ago whereby they converted their First Class cabin from 16 to just 8 seats on many aircraft (most notably the upper deck of the Boeing 747-400). Then just recently, they decided to further remove First Class (with the introduction of their Premium Economy) and removed their First Class cabin completely from their A340-300s and B747-400s. So as of now, the only Lufthansa aircraft that feature First Class are their A330-300s, A340-600s, A380-800s, and B747-8s.
Well, it seems like that wasn’t enough. Lufthansa announced a few days ago their plan to remove First Class on some A330-300s operating out of Munich. These aircraft will be converted to three cabin aircraft that contain Business, Premium Economy, and Economy Class. Perhaps the most shocking move is that they are going to be flying these A333s to destinations like Washington D.C., Miami, etc. where First Class is very popular… but Lufthansa doesn’t think so.
Obviously this is bad news for everyone because that means it will be even harder to book Lufthansa First Class using miles… and perhaps in a few years Lufthansa First Class may be restricted to Miles & More members only (or even Miles & More elites).
By this time next year, the removal should be complete (though Lufthansa does often delay changes like this) and by summer 2017, the affected aircraft will all be flying without First Class. Lufthansa has already closed First Class bookings on certain routes after certain dates.
I plan to maximise my travel with Lufthansa as much as possible over the next year, since we can only imagine how much harder it will become to book First Class awards with the German airline.