• Lufthansa reveals second-gen Boeing 777X premium economy seat

    Lufthansa has pulled back the curtain on its second-generation premium economy seat, which will debut on the German airline's Boeing 777-9 jets from late 2020. A first look at the streamlined seat was shared during Lufthansa's annual Capital Markets Day as the airline talked up the success of th...

    POSTED 25 Jun, 2019 11 Comments

  • Swiss adds premium economy to its Boeing 777s

    Swiss is adding premium economy to its seating mix, although travellers will have to wait until early 2021 to sample the new seat. The airline hasn't yet shared photos of its new premium economy pew, but here's what we do know: Swiss premium economy will debut on the Boeing 777-300ER fleet fr...

    POSTED 14 Mar, 2019 5 Comments

  • Emirates new Airbus A380s to have premium economy ‘sleeperette’ seats

    Emirates says its forthcoming premium economy seat will adopt an all-new design exclusive to the airline as what CEO Tim Clark describes as a ‘sleeperette’ which will debut on Emirates' new Airbus A380 fleet from 2020. Speaking to Australian Business Traveller on the sidelines of the...

    POSTED 21 Dec, 2018 32 Comments

  • Finnair to launch premium economy in 2020

    Finnair will join the growing list of airlines adding premium economy to their mix, with a new premium economy seat joining the Oneworld member's Airbus A350 and A330 fleet from 2020. That's still a ways off, and so are details of the seat. For now, all Finnair will admit to is that the seat wil...

    POSTED 6 Nov, 2018 7 Comments

  • Etihad to launch Premium Economy Space seats on A380s in December 2018

    Etihad premium 'economy space seats' on all Airbus A380s by December 2018 Pitch up to 36 inches, compared to 31 inches in regular economy Boeing 777s and Boeing 787s retrofitted with new Economy Space cabin in 2019 Etihad Airways will add 60 'Economy Space' seats to its flagship Airbus A38...

    POSTED 6 Nov, 2018 4 Comments

  • Qantas is now selling premium economy on Melbourne-Perth flights

    Qantas travellers jetting between Melbourne and Perth can now book themselves into the premium economy cabin of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on QF9 and QF10. Until now, it’s been possible only to book business or economy on the domestic leg of those flights, with premium economy held back for...

    POSTED 18 Oct, 2018 22 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines revamps premium economy seat for 19 hour flights

    With no economy seats on its ultra-long range Airbus A350-900ULR jets, Singapore Airlines has tweaked the design of its premium economy seats with an eye towards added comfort during those non-stop 17-19 hour flights to Los Angeles and New York. Best of all, these long-legged A350-900s include a...

    POSTED 5 Oct, 2018 22 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines plans regional Airbus A350s for Brisbane

    Singapore Airlines will bring a new batch of Airbus A350s to Brisbane from next year, introducing its latest regional business class seat to the Queensland capital. But with four daily flights between Brisbane and Singapore – three already served by A350s with the airline’s longer-ra...

    POSTED 13 Sep, 2018 7 Comments

  • Five things we love about Cathay Pacific's Airbus A350

    Cathay Pacific already has one of the youngest long-range fleets in the sky, with an average age of five years, and the raft of new Airbus A350 jets bearing the iconic ‘brushwing’ tail means the fleet is only getting younger. The Airbus A350-900 and the larger A350-1000 will form the...

    POSTED 16 Jul, 2018 0 Comments

  • Qantas on the hunt for 'next-generation' premium economy seat

    Qantas' latest premium economy seat has been flying for barely eight months but the airline is already scoping out its replacement. And while Qantas CEO Alan Joyce hyped the current David Caon-designed premium economy seat (below) as "revolutionary" for the comfort it would offer on 17 hour...

    POSTED 26 Jun, 2018 38 Comments

  • Emirates confirms premium economy launch for 2020 on new Airbus A380s

    Emirates will add premium economy seats to its new Airbus A380 fleet from 2020, airline CEO Tim Clark has confirmed. Update: Emirates CEO Tim Clark has revealed the first premium economy details to AusBT, with what he described as ‘sleeperette’ seats with an exclusive-to-Emirates des...

    POSTED 1 Jun, 2018 27 Comments

  • United's Boeing 787-10 to get Polaris business class, premium economy

    United Airlines will turn the Boeing 787-10 into a flagship for the US carrier on its debut later this year, with the stretched Dreamliner boasting its latest Polaris business class as well as all-new premium economy seats. A leaked seatmap for United's Boeing 787-10 shows 44 of the staggered di...

    POSTED 16 Apr, 2018 8 Comments

  • Review: Qantas Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner premium economy, Perth-London

    Last year, Australian Business Traveller reviewed Qantas' new Premium Economy offering on the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, and while there was a lot to like about the product, the lack of legroom once the seat ahead of you was reclined was a worrying issue – especially for upcoming ultra-long-h...

    POSTED 26 Mar, 2018 79 Comments

  • United Airlines plans 'premium economy' for domestic US flights

    United Airlines is considering whether to add an upgraded economy section to domestic U.S. flights – a feature typically reserved for overseas markets. The Chicago-based carrier for months has been readying a new Premium Plus section with bigger seats and improved dining options. While th...

    POSTED 14 Mar, 2018 22 Comments

  • Emirates won't launch new premium economy seat at ITB Berlin

    There'll be no big bang launch for Emirates' new premium economy class at this month's ITB Berlin travel trade show, with the Gulf powerhouse choosing not to exhibit at the annual expo. ITB Berlin has become a centrepiece for many airlines' premium products in recent years. Qatar Airways pulled...

    POSTED 1 Mar, 2018 3 Comments

  • Vietnam Airlines upgrades premium economy service

    Vietnam Airlines’ premium economy passengers will find their experience a touch more ‘premium’ under recent improvements rolled out on flights between Sydney, Melbourne and Vietnam. It starts with access to Australian airport Express Path facilities for fast-tracked security sc...

    POSTED 25 Jan, 2018 8 Comments

  • United Airlines to launch Premium Plus, aka 'premium economy'

    United Airlines is set to add a true 'premium economy' seat to international flights under the Premium Plus brand. The Premium Plus experience will include wider seats with more recline and legroom, with United also promising "upgraded dining on china dinnerware, free alcoholic beverages, a...

    POSTED 19 Jan, 2018 18 Comments

  • How to get airport lounge access when flying premium economy

    Premium economy trumps ‘regular’ economy in many ways, but one aspect commonly missing from the equation is airport lounge access – a perk typically reserved for business class passengers instead. However, you don’t have to sit out in the terminal: there are many ways to ...

    POSTED 13 Jan, 2018 9 Comments

  • Qantas premium economy upgrade guide

    Over the Christmas / New Year break, Australian Business Traveller will be revisiting some of our most popular articles of 2017. We’re still around to report on any breaking news during this time, otherwise our regular publishing schedule will resume on Monday January 8, 2018. If you often...

    POSTED 6 Jan, 2018 11 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines A380s keep first-gen premium economy seats

    IN BRIEF | While Singapore Airlines' new Airbus A380s will feature all-new first class suites and business class seats, premium economy passengers won't notice a great deal of difference from the airline's Airbus A380s already flying today. The biggest change is that instead of sitting directly ...

    POSTED 2 Nov, 2017 10 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines' launch of new A380 first, business class

    LATEST | Do these spy snaps reveal Singapore Airlines' spacious new Airbus A380 first class suites? See them here! Read more: Spy snaps spoil Singapore Airlines' surprise with new A380 first class revealed PREVIOUS | The countdown clock is ticking towards the launch of Singapore Air...

    POSTED 31 Oct, 2017 4 Comments

  • Review: Qantas Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner premium economy seat

    Qantas touts its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner premium economy seat as 'revolutionary' and a world champion in the better-than-economy stakes. There's much to like about Qantas' new premium economy seat, which sits in its own cabin of four rows with a 2-3-2 seating layout. Sadly, a few issues &nd...

    POSTED 24 Oct, 2017 110 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines brings Book the Cook to Brisbane flights

    Singapore Airlines' business class and premium economy passengers flying from Brisbane will soon be able to pre-order their inflight meal via the airline's Book the Cook service: joining high flyers from Sydney and Melbourne – and soon, Perth as well – who also have this option. Book...

    POSTED 21 Sep, 2017 5 Comments

  • Qantas to upgrade A380 business class seats to new Business Suites

    Qantas will refit its Airbus A380 fleet with spacious new business class seats in the face of growing competition on its flagship routes to the USA and London. There will also be a much larger lounge on the upper deck where both business and first class travellers can mix and mingle. However,...

    POSTED 25 Aug, 2017 53 Comments

  • Upgrade auctions: Cathay Pacific lets you bid for a better seat

    Cathay Pacific will now let travellers bid cash for an upgrade to premium economy and business class – but not first class – under the airline's new Upgrade Bid program. The initiative is intended to help the airline fill its premium cabins on selected flights where seats remain empt...

    POSTED 17 Jul, 2017 7 Comments

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