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Lufthansa Short-Haul Revamp Adds 2,000 Slim-Line Seats

Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Europe’s second-biggest airline, said it will add almost 2,000 more seats to its single-aisle fleet by the end of next year by switching to berths with slimmer backrests.

The seats will allow Lufthansa to add as many as two extra rows to each plane, equivalent to 12 passengers, while boosting legroom by up to 5 centimeters (2 inches), spokesman Jan Baerwalde said by telephone. The overhaul involves about 200 aircraft which can currently carry about 33,000 people, he said.