Which travel classes does Lufthansa offer?

ByDavid M. Conte

Mar 25, 2022

Lufthansa is Germany’s national airline and flies to hundreds of destinations around the world with many different products available.


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Lufthansa is one of the largest airlines in the world and operates a fleet of over 275 aircraft. The airline offers four classes of travel on board its flights, but these can vary significantly depending on destination and aircraft. Here is an overview of what Lufthansa offers on its flights around the world.

Short-haul and long-haul difference

Lufthansa operates in two major markets: European and international. Here is a summary of the differences:

  • European: this includes all flights within the EU and to neighboring countries such as the UK, Turkey, etc. Lufthansa almost exclusively uses narrow bodies like the Airbus A320neo family on these routes, offering all-economical configurations.
  • International: Lufthansa has an extensive network in more than 77 countries, served by its widebody fleet. These aircraft offer a three- or four-class configuration, including First, Business Class, Premium Economy Class, and Economy Class.

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Lufthansa operates more than 170 Airbus A320 Family aircraft for its short and medium-haul operations. Photo: Lufthansa

Let’s go into more detail about each class of travel.

Four travel classes

Lufthansa’s core brand is a full-service airline, targeting passengers on all types of journeys. This means that it offers the four common classes:

  • First Class: The rarest cabin in the entire fleet, Lufthansa offers First Class seating in a 1-2-1 configuration on select dual-row aircraft. From a private terminal in Frankfurt to enhanced service, the open cabin layout is one of the most exclusive in the sky today. First class is only available on certain 747s and A340s.
  • Business class:
    • European: Commonly referred to as “European business class”, Lufthansa blocks the middle seat on a standard all-economy aircraft for travelers. This creates a bit of a gap with your seat neighbor, but no extra legroom. In addition, the carrier offers better service and better meals on these flights.
    • International: On wide-body aircraft departing from Europe, Lufthansa offers a commercial 2-2-2/2-3-2 product on all its aircraft. Found on the A330, A340, A350 and 747, these seats do not offer direct aisle access, but lie flat and are comfortable overall.



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Lufthansa offers a common business class across the entire airline. Photo: Lufthansa

  • Premium Economy: Present only on international flights, Lufthansa’s Premium Economy Class is presented in a 2-3-2 configuration, with 18 to 32 seats in the fleet. These seats offer up to 50% more legroom than regular economy and better service for passengers. These seats are available on all wide-body aircraft flown by Lufthansa.
  • Economy:
    • European: Arranged in a 3-3 configuration on the A320, Lufthansa’s Economy (and Business) Class offers tight 30″ spacing. Although suitable for short flights, passengers on 3-4 hour services can find the seats more uncomfortable.
    • International: Lufthansa offers different layouts for economy class on its widebody aircraft, with 3-3-3 being common. These seats offer more room (31-32″) and chances to bag emergency exit seats for even more space.


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Economy class on Lufthansa. Photo: Lufthansa

What do you think of Lufthansa’s cabin offers? Let us know in the comments!


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