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A typical Premium economy seat.
A typical Premium economy seat.

Premium economy class, also known as elite economy class or economy plus class, is a travel class offered on some airlines. It is usually positioned between standard economy class and business class in terms of price, comfort, and available amenities. In 1991, EVA Air was the first to introduce Evergreen Class (later renamed Elite Class, and then to Premium Economy Class), becoming the first airline to offer this class of service. It can be said that in many ways, Premium Economy class has become a standard reflection of what Economy class was like several decades ago.[1][2] In some countries, this class has emerged as a response from governments and companies requiring economy class for travel done by staff.

Characteristics

As of 2018, the term has not been standardized among airlines, and varies significantly between domestic and international flights, as well as between low-cost or regional airlines and other airlines.[3] Premium economy is sometimes limited to expanded leg room, but its most comprehensive versions can feature services associated with business class travel.[3]

Old premium economy seat on EVA Air.
Old premium economy seat on EVA Air.

Air New Zealand's and Qantas' Premium Economy include amenities such as prioritized check-in, large customized seats (some for couples, others targeting solo travelers), seat pitch up to 41 inches (104 cm) with 50% more recline, premium meals, a self-service bar for drinks and snacks, a personal in-flight entertainment center with remote control, noise-cancelling headphones and choices in games and movies for children and adults, skin care products in the lavatory, and an amenities pouch containing items such as socks, sleep masks, earplugs, and toothbrushes.[4]

At the other extreme, some airlines market extra legroom seats in Economy Class, with the same service and seat model, as an enhanced Economy class. For example, in the United States domestic market, airlines such as American, United, Delta, and JetBlue have an upgraded Economy class with 2–5 inches (5–13 cm) more leg room as the only difference; they market the class as Main Cabin Extra,[5][6] Economy Plus, Comfort+, and Even More Space respectively, while other services such as ground services and food and beverage services are on par with their normal Economy Class.[3]

Service codes used by airlines vary, but W is the most common code.

Examples of differences

Differences between Premium Economy class and Standard Economy class may include (varies by airline and country):[7][8][9]

Some airlines may designate an entire economy class as premium, such as United p.s. on its transcontinental Boeing 757-200 premium service aircraft. In other airlines premium economy may be what used to be regular economy before more seats were added, or just the most attractive rows in the economy section. Premium Economy tickets also normally earn more mileage in an airline's frequent flyer program, attracting a bonus between Economy and Business.[citation needed] These upgrades tend to be more common on wide-body aircraft, such as the Boeing 747 and 777, and less common on narrow-body aircraft, such as the Boeing 737.

Airlines

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Airlines offering this service include:

Some airlines no longer offer Premium economy:

See also

References

  1. ^ Vintage Airline Seat Map: United Airlines Boeing 747 with First Class lounge (1979) Frequently Flying December 21, 2011
  2. ^ Vintage Airline Seat Map: United Airlines DC-8-52 Frequently Flying June 15, 2011
  3. ^ a b c Brett Snyder (14 February 2011). "The long and short of 'premium economy'". CNN Travel. CNN. Retrieved 14 February 2011.
  4. ^ premium economy Archived 23 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine from the Air New Zealand website
  5. ^ "Main Cabin Extra − Seats − American Airlines".
  6. ^ The Main Cabin Extra stylization no longer appears on the above airline's website.
  7. ^ "Premium Economy - Plus Fare". WestJet. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Air Canada Premium Economy Class". Air Canada. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Premium Economy". Iberia. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Air Canada Premium Economy Class". Air Canada. Retrieved 22 August 2018.[verification needed]
  11. ^ The Main Cabin Extra stylization no longer appears on the above airline's website.[verification needed]
  12. ^ "American Airlines Premium Economy - The Only North American Carrier to Offer a 4 Cabin Aircraft". upgrd.com.[verification needed]
  13. ^ "Economy Smartium│ASIANA AIRLINES". Asiana Airlines. Retrieved 22 March 2019.[verification needed]
  14. ^ https://www.austrian.com/en/Info/Flightinformation/premiumeco?sc_lang=en&cc=AT[verification needed]
  15. ^ "Choose your preferred seat in advance". Brussels Airlines. Retrieved 15 March 2019.[verification needed]
  16. ^ "Condor Premium Economy Class; Condor Air Lines". www.condor.com. Retrieved 15 October 2013.[verification needed]
  17. ^ "Delta Comfort+™ | Delta Air Lines". Delta.com. Retrieved 28 June 2013.[verification needed]
  18. ^ "Hawaiian Airlines Introduces New Extra Comfort Economy Seating". Retrieved 29 October 2013.[verification needed]
  19. ^ "Premium Economy". Iberia. Retrieved 22 August 2018.[verification needed]
  20. ^ "JAL International Flights - Seats(JAL Premium Economy)".[verification needed]
  21. ^ "LATAM Airlines USA".[verification needed]
  22. ^ "Thai Airways - Service ombord". Thaiairways.dk. Retrieved 28 June 2013.[verification needed]
  23. ^ "Premium Economy Plus Fare". WestJet. Retrieved 22 August 2018.[verification needed]