If you have ever wanted to sleep comfortably on a flight, your chance is here. The German airline, Lufthansa, is starting to offer passengers the luxury of buying a full row of seats just so they can have a restful sleep.
Flying business class allows you to sleep in your own reclining bed. But for those who cannot afford to fly business class, this arrangement is a worthy substitute. You no longer have to sleep cramped in your seat on long flights.
For an additional cost of $260, passengers can buy their seat and two more seats on either side of them. This way, they can lie down to rest en route and even feel more comfortable traveling amid this pandemic.
The Scheme Has Taken Effect
On a trial basis, the scheme has taken effect. It was available on flights from Frankfurt to Sao Paulo and back until mid-December. Provided they get a favorable response to the arrangement, it will be available on flights to other destinations.
The coronavirus pandemic took a huge toll on the aviation industry. This is one of its many ways to make a comeback and prepare for the future which looks positive with recent news of approved coronavirus vaccines.
Vaccination - What It Means For Flights
The Chief Executive of the Australian airline, Qantas, said that proof of vaccination could become a prerequisite to boarding a plane on his airline and others. That means a passenger with proof of vaccination might not need to run coronavirus tests before traveling.
Right now though, passengers flying economy are allowed to purchase between three to four seats in a row on Lufthansa flights within certain regions. They get a pillow, blanket, and a seat topper for comfort. This sure is an appealing deal.
Passengers may not purchase these seats just for sleep and comfort but might do so for the additional space away from other passengers.
What Other Airlines Have In Store
The US carrier Delta announced a "quarantine free" route from Atlanta to Rome in partnership with Alitalia, an Italian airline, a few days ago. The system promises a test 72 hours before departure, a rapid test in Atlanta, and another rapid test in Rome.
They believe that this leaves a "one in a million" chance of contracting the virus on a flight. This arrangement though is not available to all passengers. It is limited to US travelers traveling to Italy for work, health, or education and to Italian and EU passport holders.