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World's best premium economy cabins
  • As well as priority check-in and arrival, flying Premium Economy with Qantas means you can relax in a private cabin of 32 to 40 seats, sit comfortably in a seat designed by the acclaimed Marc Newson with an ergonomic design, multi-way adjustable headrest and wide space, and put on your noise-cancelling headset to enjoy on-demand, inflight entertainment on an adjustable touch screen. When it comes to dining, the Neil Perry Rockpool-inspired menu is complemented by premium Australian wines and Premium Economy passengers can pre-order their in-flight meal with Q-Eat, a service typically offered to business and first class passengers by most airlines. Amenity kits, large cotton pillows and power outlets are also offered to Premium Economy flyers.
  • For a more comfortable, relaxing flight on longer routes, British Airways offers wider seats and more legroom in smaller, more intimate cabins with World Traveller Plus. Passengers can take advantage of the personal entertainment system with noise-reducing headphones and benefit from a larger free baggage allowance of two checked bags. The World Traveller Plus cabin features a smaller number of rows for the intimate and exclusive experience, with a wider seat providing a greater recline, lumbar support, head rest and foot rest. Premium economy passengers receive a cushion, blanket and amenity kit, and are offered three-course meals. For the lunch or dinner main course travellers have a choice of two of the meals featured on the business class menu. Afternoon tea is also an option.
  • Not only do Virgin Atlantic's Premium Economy passengers enjoy leather seats, increased seat width of 21 inches (equivalent to some other airlines' business class), adjustable headrest and laptop power, but the airline also offers priority boarding, a pre-departure drink, priority baggage reclaim and an enhanced dinner service with china and stainless steel cutlery. The best features are saved for Premium Economy passengers flying on the 787: the luxury espresso leather seats to complement the cabin mood lighting, increased seatback screen to 11.1 inches and social space the Wander Wall at the front galley for passengers to stretch their legs and mingle with other passengers and crew while helping themselves to snacks from the mini fridge.
  • Air France’s Premium Economy cabin offers seats with 40 per cent more space than Economy class, softer seat cushions, a HD screen and a multi-position foot rest. The latest generation HD screen is significantly larger: 12 inches versus the 10 inches previously in Premium Economy. Eugeni Quitllet, the Catalan designer and former student of Philippe Starck, designed the new contemporary range of aesthetic and practical tableware, and the glass, cutlery and fabric napkin provide an elegant and refined table service. Premium Economy has been such a success for Air France that the airline is adding 1,100 seats to 44 long-haul aircrafts before July 2016.
  • Voted the best premium economy cabin in the skies at the World Airline Awards, it's not hard to see why travellers love Air New Zealand's Premium Economy service. The revolutionary Spaceseat is its best feature, designed to create ample space and privacy for all. It was made in a way that the person sitting in front of you cannot recline into your personal space. Additionally, the seats running through the centre of the cabin were made for couples to relax together or turn to face each other to share a meal. The seats on the sides of the cabin were designed with solo travellers in mind, positioned to offer privacy and comfort for those wanting to work in-flight or enjoy the entertainment. The dining promises to be delicious and interesting, complemented by premium New Zealand wines and snacks are available to order from the screens in between meals. The entertainment consists of 580 hours of the latest films, TV box sets, video games and a kids' section.
  • Lufthansa's new Premium Economy Class gives you double free baggage allowance, a welcome drink, a water bottle at your seat and a high-quality amenity kit, plus meals presented in menus and served on china tableware. The 11- or 12-inch touchscreen monitor, handset to control the in-flight entertainment and generous range of magazines provide entertainment, and the central console between seats with sturdy table and power outlet at every seat allows for working on board. The seats are up to three centimetres wider than in Economy Class and the head rests can be set to the exact height desired and folded at the sides for added support.
  • EVA Air was the first airline to introduce premium economy class in 1992. Its Elite Class is simple yet stylishly laid out with an elegant colour palette. The private space boasts modern seating, a 19.5-inch-wide seat with ample leg room and a Mood Light system to ensure passengers enjoy good quality sleep with ultimate comfort. The noise-cancelling headphones deliver a high-quality entertainment experience and travellers are provided with travel-sized toiletries from Canadian aromatherapy brand ESCENTS, as well as power outlets. The dining is fresh, healthy and seasonal, and food is served with select wines, prestigious beers and non-alcoholic drinks.
  • The Comfort Class cabins by Turkish Airlines offer a larger space between seats and a seat pitch of 46 inches, compared to the 32 inches in economy. Passengers in Comfort receive an upgraded menu, welcome drinks and restaurant-quality service, with hot meals from Turkish and World Cuisine served in porcelain dishes. With the individual 10.6-inch display screens embedded on each seat, you can watch as many films, TV shows, documentaries and cartoons as you wish, and passengers can access their own digital archives by simply using their personal USB device or iPod.
  • Cathay Pacific's Premium Economy experience features a quieter, more spacious cabin than the traditional Economy Class, with between 26 and 34 seats per aircraft. The seat pitch is 38 inches – six inches more than Economy – and the seat is wider with a bigger recline. The large meal table, cocktail table, footrest, 10.6-inch personal television and in-seat power outlet are a few of the benefits of flying Premium Economy, as well as the priority check-in and bigger baggage allowance - 25kg instead of 20kg in Economy. Passengers receive an environmentally friendly amenity kit, larger pillows and noise-cancelling headsets. Premium Economy travellers are welcomed on board with juice and champagne, and enjoy an enhanced meal selection - even the eggs are prepared freshly on board.
  • Japan's five-star airline ANA offers a luxury service in its Premium Economy cabin. Passengers have lounge access at Heathrow, Charles de Gaulle, Haneda and Narita Airports, as well as priority check-in and luggage handling at all departing airports. At 19.3 inches, the Premium Economy seat has a 17 per cent larger width than Economy Class, with a laptop power point, USB port and 210 programmes of the latest audio and video on demand. Extra amenities from the usual kit, such as slippers and tissues, are offered, and the dining and drinks options include mini ramen noodles, hot soups and a choice of selected Business Class desserts, sake and wines.