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Great news if you’re flying Lufthansa! This week, the airline announced that it has finished installing the new business-class seats on its entire long-haul fleet, including the Airbus A380, A340, A330, Boeing 747-400 and 747-8. The new seats were actually first introduced with the airline’s 747-8, which has a whopping 92 installed on select aircraft.

Ahhhh... that new seat smell. Photo courtesy of Lufthansa.
Ahhhh… that new seat smell. Photo courtesy of Lufthansa.

According to Lufthansa, the airline has been spending a whopping €1 million (about $1.13 million) every DAY to refurbish its older planes, with a total investment of €1.5 billion (about $1.7 billion) since 2011. In total, 106 aircrafts have been updated, including 76 that also have the airline’s new first-class cabin.

A pair of seats on the 747-8
A pair of seats on the 747-8’s upper deck. Photo courtesy of Lufthansa.

While hardly industry-leading, the new seats are a HUGE step up from what Lufthansa had been operating on some of its planes up until just a few weeks ago. They’re completely lie-flat, and look quite a bit more comfortable than their predecessor, though they’re angled toward each other, which could be a bit awkward if you’re seated next to a stranger.

One of the cheapest ways to fly Lufthansa business class across the pond is to redeem 45,000 Aeroplan miles (plus surcharges). You can transfer points from American Express Membership rewards at a 1:1 ratio, earned with cards such as the Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express or The Platinum Card from American Express. Or you can book for 70,000 United miles, which you can earn quickly by transferring points instantly from Ultimate Rewards, earned with cards such as the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card or the Ink Plus Business Card.

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