There’s no doubt that when it comes to life in the sky, things up front are better than ever, but although cheaper than ever, life in the back of the plane has never been tighter. So, what about the middle of the plane? For transcontinental or intercontinental flights, Premium Economy – the far more tolerable alternative to economy, can be a total game changer. But is it worth it? Short answer: it can be, and these seats will offer the very best experiences on long haul flights…

Air France

Air France’s premium economy cabin is much like a regional business class, offering exceptionally good beverages, noise cancelling headphones and major fast track benefits, identical to those for business class customers in terms of luggage, security and priority boarding.

Seat Dimensions: 19” Seat Width x 40” Pitch (Legroom).
On Board Features: Extra Large TV. Reclining Shell Seat. Amenity Kit.
Power Ports: Yes. Stay Charged Up.
Separate Check In? Yes, SkyPriority Fast Track.
Baggage Allowance: 2 Checked Bags. 2 Carry Ons.
Lounge Access? For A Fee. $25-$35, Depending On Country.
Champagne? Yes. Woohoo.
What About The Food? Different And Better Than Economy.
Priority Baggage? Yes. Time = Saved.

 

Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand ditched their innovative Space Seat, but continue to shine with inspired food, leading Australia and New Zealand wines and priority access – ensuring a speedy journey upon landing. Since virtually all flights to and from New Zealand are long, this is a worthy expenditure.

Seat Dimensions: 19” Seat Width. 43″ Seat Pitch (Legroom).
On Board Features: Extra Cushion. Leg Support. Amenity Kit.
Power Ports: Yes. Stay Charged Up.
Separate Check In? Yes. Dedicated Premium Economy Desk.
Baggage Allowance: 2 Checked Bags. 2 Carry Ons.
Lounge Access? No, Sorry.
Champagne? Yep, And Good Wine.
What About The Food? Different And Better Than Economy.
Priority Baggage? Yes, Time = Saved.

Japan Airlines

Japan Airlines offers an incredibly comprehensive, value packed premium economy experience. The seats are amongst the most spacious, airport lounge access is incredible and the food program is designed from inspired Japanese cuisine. It’s hard to use the word “economy” here.

Seat Dimensions: 19” Seat Width. 42″ Seat Pitch (Legroom).
On Board Features: Bespoke Design. XL Screen. Amenity Kit.
Power Ports: Yes. Stay Charged Up.
Separate Check In? Yes, Dedicated Premium Economy Counter.
Baggage Allowance: 2 Checked Bags.
Lounge Access? Yes, When In Japan. Possible In Other Locations.
Champagne? Yes. Gardet Brut, A Typical Business Class Champagne.
What About The Food? Different And Better Than Economy.
Priority Baggage? Yes, Special Priority Tags. Time = Saved.

Cathay Pacific

When you’re flying for 15+ hours, every bit helps. Cathay’s premium economy seat isn’t the newest, but it’s among the very most comfortable. Add in a luxurious amenity kit, quiet cabin and some champagne and this is an excellent choice.

Seat Dimensions: 19.5″ Seat Width. 39″ Seat Pitch (Legroom).
On Board Features: Extra Padded Seat, Small Cabin. Amenity Kit.
Power Ports: Yes. Stay Charged Up.
Separate Check In? Yes! Dedicated Premium Economy Check In.
Baggage Allowance: 1 Checked Bag, 1 Carry On.
Lounge Access? No, Sorry.
Champagne? Yes, Woohoo!
What About The Food? Different And Better Than Economy.
Priority Baggage? Yes, Priority Tags.

Qantas

Offering one of the largest, most padded and most spacious seats in the premium economy category is an excellent start. From there, Qantas excels with their Neil Perry celebrity chef partnership, priority baggage and boarding. The storage space helps too..

Seat Dimensions: 19.5″ Seat Width. 42″ Seat Pitch (Legroom).
On Board Features: Amenity Kit, Adjustable Head Rest, Extra Storage.
Power Ports: Yes. Stay Charged Up.
Separate Check In? Yes, Dedicated Priority Check In.
Baggage Allowance: One Checked Bag, One Carry On.
Lounge Access? No, Sorry.
Champagne? Sparkling Wine. Close Enough…
What About The Food? Neil Perry’s Rockpool Grill Inspired Menu!
Priority Baggage? No, Sorry.

ANA- All Nippon Airways

Competition is fierce amongst Japanese carriers, and ANA is a leading player. Your airport experience is instantly better (than economy) from start to finish, with priority check in, lounge access and fast tracks for baggage. The food may just be worth staying up for as well…

Seat Dimensions: 19″ Seat Width. 39″ Seat Pitch (Legroom).
On Board Features: Head, Leg And Foot Rests. Amenity Kit.
Power Ports: Yes. Stay Charged Up.
Separate Check In? Yes, Dedicated Premium Economy Check In Area.
Baggage Allowance: Two Checked Bags. Standard Carry On Policy.
Lounge Access? Yes! In Most Major Cities.
Champagne? Yes. Woohoo!
What About The Food? Different And Better Than Economy.
Priority Baggage? Yes, Priority Pick Up Service.

Virgin Atlantic

First they give you the welcome bubbles, and then they hit you with an after dinner digestif or liqueur to send you off to sleep. Sold! Virgin’s generous baggage allowance, comfy seats and premium lanes make for a wonderful way to fly between the world and London!

Seat Dimensions: 21″ Seat Width. 38″ Seat Pitch (Legroom).
On Board Features: Adjustable Head And Foot Rests. Amenity Kit. Newspapers.
Power Ports: Yes. Stay Charged Up.
Separate Check In? Yes, Dedicated Premium Economy Check In Area.
Baggage Allowance: Two Checked Bags. Standard Carry On Policy.
Lounge Access? No, Sorry!
Champagne? Sparkling Wine. Close Enough! And, After Dinner Liqueur.
What About The Food? Different And Better Than Economy.
Priority Baggage? Yes, Priority Over Economy.

Singapore Airlines

Sometimes it’s the soft touches that make a difference – and Singapore Airlines is no exception. Their seat is a solid tie with other top carriers, but their exclusive service, book the cook food offerings, state of the art televisions and airport fast tracks are second to none.

Seat Dimensions: 19.5″ Seat Width. 38″ Seat Pitch (Legroom).
On Board Features: State Of The Art TV’s. Amenity Kit. Headphones.
Power Ports: Yes. Stay Charged Up.
Separate Check In? Yes, Dedicated Premium Economy Check In Area.
Baggage Allowance: Two Checked Bags. Standard Carry On Policy.
Lounge Access? No, Sorry!
Champagne? Yes! And Singapore Slings! Woohoo.
What About The Food? You Can Book The Cook, Meal From Extensive Menu.
Priority Baggage? Yes, Priority Baggage Handling.

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