A growing number of airlines are adding this third class to cabins, and for good reason - lots of passengers feel too cramped in cattle class, but can't afford to splash thousands of euro on Business. Most Premium Economy services involve pretty standard seats with a few inches of extra legroom, a better position on the plane and extras like noise-cancelling headphones. But there's also variation within the genre - the 'Economy Plus' seat pitch on a United Airlines Boeing 777-300ER is 34 inches, for example. On a Norwegian Dreamliner, it's a whopping 43" to 46". A new arrival for Irish passengers is Air Canada's Premium Economy (above), available on single-aisle, Boeing 737-MAX 8 planes flying between Dublin and Montreal and Shannon and Toronto this summer. Air Canada has 'Preferred' seats in the Economy cabin, which offer extra legroom for an additional €42-€62 per flight, but it also offers 16 'Premium' pews at the front of the plane. Where basic economy costs from … [Read more...] about Review: What’s it like to fly Air Canada’s new premium economy class?
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Singapore Airlines (SIA) has been named the world's best airline of 2018 in Skytrax's World Airline Awards, in which it also won world's best first class, best airline in Asia and best first class airline seat. It's the fourth time SIA has claimed the honour, which is decided on by surveys of more than 20 million travelers. While Air New Zealand didn't win the top honour - which it has for the last five years running in a rival rankings list compiled by airlineratings.com - it was awarded best premium economy class and seat. Air New Zealand named airline of the year Singapore Airlines begins Wellington service via Melbourne Another big winner in Skytrax's World Airline Awards 2018 was Qatar Airways, which was runner-up overall along with claiming best business class, best business class seat, best first class lounge and the best airline in the Middle East. Goh Choon Phong, the CEO of SIA, dedicated the top award to the company's staff members. "Singapore Airlines is honoured to be … [Read more...] about Singapore Airlines voted Skytrax’s world’s best airline, Air New Zealand wins best premium economy
It’s a photo finish between Virgin Atlantic and Eva Air as to who introduced premium economy to the world first. Eva, a Taiwanese carrier founded in 1989 launched its “evergreen” class on its Boeing 747s in late 1992, flying from Taipei to Los Angeles with passengers spread across four cabins for the first time. Evergreen sat ahead of economy but behind “super business”. On the other side of the world, Virgin Atlantic unveiled its Mid Class in April 1992, entering service in July. With a Victoria station check-in service for Gatwick flights, priority baggage handling, a hot towel service and “seat arm video units”, Virgin said its “revolutionary new product” was a response to businesses reviewing their travel contracts and downgrading its passengers from business to economy. In short, as business class cabins evolved (think lie-flat seats becoming the norm) and airlines felt a growing pressure to accommodate more and more paying … [Read more...] about The death of business class? The rise and rise of premium economy
WE’VE all felt the pain of wanting to lie flat on a flight – while we’re squished into an uncomfortable economy seat. But there is a way to get a flat bed on a flight – by lying across three empty seats. Travel expert Gilbert Ott runs God Save the Points and reveals the best way to make sure you’re sat in an empty row – so you can stretch out and drift off. Choose an empty flight He says that you’ll need to pick a flight that’s as empty as possible to start with. When booking your flight, most airlines will let you see which seats are left – and you can quickly gauge if the flight is going to sell out – unless you’re booking months and months in advance, when it will be trickier. Or you can pay $10 (£7) to use a website called ExpertFlyer.com which will show you how many seats are left on planes. He said: “If you do, you’ll be able to see exactly how many tickets are still unsold in each cabin for … [Read more...] about Get a bed in economy class on planes with these travel tips
Budget hotel chain Travelodge has announced a new 'premium economy' style room launching in Manchester. As part of its extensive UK expansion programme the SuperRooms will be available at Manchester Picadilly Traveleodge for between £10-£20 more than a standard room. The Manchester hotel, which has 157-rooms and a Bar Café, is part of hotel chain’s initiative to roll out an additional 400 SuperRooms across its UK hotels. This new class of room brings the ‘premium economy’ concept familiar to airline users to the UK budget hotel market and is aimed at business customers. Perks include a coffee machine, LED mood lighting, adjustable shower, king-size bed and mounted flat screen TV. According to the chain there is also a hot chocolate and KitKat 'for that extra treat when you need it.' The new style of room also features a 'dream-light colour scheme and blackout curtains' to help get a restful night's sleep. The hotel chain launched the UK's first … [Read more...] about Travelodge launch ‘premium economy’ style hotel room in Manchester