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The world's top airlines are questioning the need for first-class cabins as flatbed seats cradle corporate customers in once-unimaginable comfort, making the premium on front-row seats harder to justify.Among carriers that see limited demand for luxury seats are American Airlines, which is removing them from close to 50 jets, Deutsche Lufthansa AG, where 1 billion euros ($1.3 billion) is being spent upgrading business class as capacity in first is cut 30 percent, and even top-end Gulf carrier Qatar Airways Ltd.In the Middle East, Qatar Airways, the region's top carrier according to Skytrax, will offer only eight first-class seats in its A380s, though they'll be the widest around.Like Etihad, other leading Gulf carriers are more convinced about the future of first, with Dubai-based Emirates, the world No. 1 on international routes, offering about 1,500 seats on which it has spent $750 million, or $500,000 apiece.
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