September 13, 2021   

These Aircrafts Now Have Human Centric Lighting

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Image credit: Lufthansa

Lufthansa upgrades the Airbus 320 cabin with many new features including HCL


In 2019 Lufthansa, Europe's second-largest airline, signed an agreement with three other companies to collaborate, further explore and promote a human-centric lighting (HCL) technology. Together with SCHOTT, jetlite and Etihad Engineering, Lufthansa agreed to bring HCL technology to future aircrafts.

Now, in September 2021, Lufthansa's first planes with HCL technology are taking flight in Europe.  The new cabin's first flight departed from Frankfurt, Germany to the Canary Islands on September 4. In addition to Lufthansa, the new cabin will also be used by Swiss, Brussels Airlines and Eurowings in new aircraft of the Airbus 320 family.

The company implemented a cabin overhaul on its Airbus 320 family that included the following enhancements:

  • New overhead bins that have a 40% larger volume
  • A redesigned entrance area that now appears brighter and friendlier
  • Modern washrooms that are even more usable for people with limited mobility

The new cabins boast HCL technology that Lufthansa describes as "a specially programmed, flexible lighting system that illuminates the cabin in warm red light, graduated intermediate tones to colder blue light." The company explains that during day or night, the light in the aircraft cabin is aligned with the passengers' biorhythms.

Our Friday email to Lufthansa requesting more technical HCL details has not yet been returned.

In a published statement, Heike Birlenbach, Head of Customer Experience, Lufthansa Group explains, "Regardless of the crisis, we continue to focus emphatically on a premium offering for our guests. For us, premium means providing high-quality, individualized and relevant offers for all our passengers at all times. With the new Airspace Cabin, we are significantly improving the travel experience on short-haul routes."


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