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Lufthansa To Add "Premium Economy" Seats For Not-Quite-Business Class Clients

DIE WELT (Germany)

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BERLIN - Lufthansa is planning to launch a fourth class on long distance flights: Premium Economy Class. The entire long-haul fleet would be equipped with the new cabin, according to Die Welt.

The company released a statement saying that its supervisory board had agreed to invest in an “introductory project” that would take two years to develop.

According to air travel expert Andreas Spaeth, Lufthansa finally made the move because the German airline realized “they were going to lose market share to other airlines, and that fear was bigger than the fear of cannibalizing Business Class.”

The new class will offer wider seats and more legroom, better food, and more baggage allowance. On the ground, passengers will get preferred check-in and access to the lounge.

According to Lufthansa, “this substantially upgraded Economy product will fill the gap between the superior Business Class segment, which features a seat that can be converted into a fully flat bed, on one side and the classic Economy Class on the other. This will appeal to both leisure travelers seeking additional comfort and business travelers.”

Worldwide some dozen airlines already offer Premium Economy, among them Qantas, Air New Zealand, ANA and Japan Airlines, but also European airlines such as Air France, British Airways, SAS Scandinavian and Turkish Airlines.

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Sleep Divorce: The Benefits For Couples In Having Separate Beds

Sleeping separately is often thought to be the beginning of the end for a loving couple. But studies show that having permanently separate beds — if you have the space and means — can actually reinforce the bonds of a relationship.

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BUENOS AIRES — Couples, it is assumed, sleep together — and sleeping apart is easily taken as a sign of a relationship gone cold. But several recent studies are suggesting, people sleep better alone and "sleep divorce," as the habit is being termed, can benefit both a couple's health and intimacy.

That is, if you have the space for it...

While sleeping in separate beds is seen as unaffectionate and the end of sex, psychologist María Gabriela Simone told Clarín this "is not a fashion, but to do with being able to feel free, and to respect yourself and your partner."

She says the marriage bed originated "in the matrimonial duty of sharing a bed with the aim of having sex to procreate." That, she adds, gradually settled the idea that people "who love each other sleep together."

Is it an imposition then, or an overwhelming preference? Simone says intimacy is one thing, sleeping another.

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