It's been a while since I've flown LH on flights within Germany and intra-Europe in economy. I had four flights last month and have a few more coming up in the next few weeks. On all these flights I found myself automatically seated in the first few rows of economy (I've booked either as an Air Canada SuperElite or United 1K so my STARGold status registers in LH's system) and on all but one (I changed my seat when doing OLCI to an exit row a bit further back) and had either an empty centre seat or no seatmates at all on narrow body Airbuses. These flights were by no means empty, as further back they were packed in. So does LH assign the first few rows of economy to STARGolds (even Silvers) and endeavour to keep middle seats empty? Must say, I am impressed by the new economy service, catering and seats. IFE is another matter, but in these days of iPods and iPads, and on shorter flights, one can self-cater!