Ok here are 2 more articles (in German) which describe the new business class further, I'll try to summarize them for the Non-German-speaking people on here:
The Wirtschaftswoche article describes the new business class as "chic" and very stylish, in opposition to LH
's "technocratic" image. LH
will also introduce a new status for frequent flyers with more than 150.000 miles a year. For them, they'll build 2 completly new lounges in FRA
with own security checks and passport checks, so the "Übersenators" (excuse me
) don't have to get in touch with the cattle.
The Welt am Sonntag article describes the new Business class as a real winner. The A343 equipped with the new Business class is doing the FRA
route (LH432/433). They're picking out some pax who have booked the regular C-Class and ask them whether they want to test the new seats. They have to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement, so that's why you probably won't see any pictures here or somewhere else. In the sleep position, the seats are 2m long and completly flat. The angle is 10°. There 27 (!) buttons and 2 mouse buttons for the seating position and the multimedia system. There's even a memory function which you can use to save your favorite position. They describe it as "S-Class-niveau".
There are 1m high partition walls between the seat rows, so you can't disturb the people sitting in front of you and they can disturb you, be it by smells, sounds or whatever.
The video-on-demand was described above, (it also features forward,pause and rearward functions) additionally there is a big cd collection and even some computer games(!). The screen is on the partition wall and is double the size of the old LH
C-Class screen. You can either surf in the internet with wirelass lan and your own notebook, or you can also surf on the muldimedia screen with (probably) included mouse and keyboard. Non-technical there are also new pillow (3 times the size of the old ones) and new headrests. There'll also be new crockery and glasses, but they'll be introduced some months after the new seats. Same goes for new washrooms and cooled trolleys which will make ice cubes useless.
The massage function isn't working at the moment, but LH
promises they'll have it ready by the time the new C-Class enters service.
Die Welt complains about the lack of the "care packages" (what's Kulturbeutel in English?), you have to get the tooth brush, ear plugs etc. in the washroom. And they want a bar on the plane, mentioning that Virgin has them and LH
had them in the 747s in the 70s. (A380 maybe? )
The first planes will be ready by October 2003, by Spring 2004 they want to have 20 planes with the new C-Class in service. The price of a seat is 35000 US$.
Uff, that was some work. I hope somebody actually reads it
The only thing we're still lacking is a photo.