We don’t know about you, but when it comes to booking flights, we’re usually happy to fly in economy class in order to have more spending money for the rest of the trip. But travelers who often fly at the front of the plane might have noticed a recent shift across the airline industry’s premium-class landscape.
In fact, over the next few years, Frankfurt-based Lufthansa plans to do away with first class seats entirely on flights to Canada, India, Thailand, and Africa. That’s right: no first class seats, period.
The main reason for doing this is to create more space on the planes (about 5% more, to be more exact), while also focusing its money and energy on business class, a more profitable product for Lufthansa, not to mention a more popular and accessible mode of transport for passengers.
We plugged in dates for a typical flight from Frankfurt to Bangkok to compare rates between business and first class. For dates at the end of November, a first class seat starts at $13,830 USD, while a seat business class goes for $4775.50, almost a third of the price. However: with new business class seats offering fully-flat beds, video-on-demand, sizeable “work desks,” and the option to freshen up with a shower in the Lufthansa Welcome Lounge upon arrival, the perks in business are still pretty plush.
There won’t be much of a jarring transition in the flight booking experience either. In the case that a Lufthansa flight does not offer first class, a representative for the airline explained that Lufthansa passengers, as well as those flying on codeshare flights booked through other airlines, simply won’t have the option to book a first class ticket.