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Lufthansa to cram in 2,000 more seats by using slimmer backrests

25 November 2010

Deutsche Lufthansa AG will add almost 2,000 more seats to its single-aisle fleet by the end of next year by switching to berths with slimmer backrests.

The seats will allow Lufthansa to add as many as two extra rows to each plane, equivalent to 12 passengers, while boosting legroom by up to 5 centimeters (2 inches).

The revamp, which covers both business and coach classes, is the first for Lufthansa’s short-haul fleet since 2006. The Cologne, Germany-based carrier will also offer free snacks on its shortest flights for the first time in 15 years as it seeks to return fares to pre-slump levels and compete with discount carriers including Ryanair and Air Berlin .

source: Bloomberg

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