Whichever class you’re in flying to Europe in these days, there’s plenty of choice for travellers to pick through among premium airlines. In particular, premium economy has come under the spotlight in recent years, with carriers offering perks including more legroom and additional baggage allowances at more affordable prices. British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Qantas and Singapore Airlines offer Premium Economy cabin on most or all long haul flights, but how do the services compare? Here’s the key information on the “big four”, to help you make your decision on whether or not you’re getting the best deal for your money.
Called World Traveller Plus, there is a new cabin design rolling out across the fleet, featuring an elegant new interior, luxurious seats with greater recline, 60 per cent larger flat entertainment screen, personal in-seat power supply and more. The new cabin is available now on BA’s newest aircraft; A380, Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER and they’re busy refurbishing many Boeing 777-200 and 767 aircraft to the same standard. The seat pitch is 38” and 18.5” wide with a recline of 8”, and other perks include an amenity kit, in-seat power supply for devices, and you can check in two bags at 23kg each.
This is also a relatively new cabin design with a comfortable cabin featuring seats with a pitch of 38”, a width of 19.5” and a recline of 8”. Other perks include priority check-in and boarding ahead of economy class passengers, and a baggage allowance of one piece up to 25kg, or two pieces from 23kg to 25kg. The amenity kit is environmentally friendly with larger pillows and noise-cancelling headsets.
The Qantas offering has a generous seat pics of 38” to 42” depending on the aircraft, and a seat width of 19.5” with a recline of 9”. Meals come from a Rockpool inspired special menu and Marc Newson designed tableware, and there are pre-boarding perks including priority check-in counters and some priority boarding. You can also check in online between 24 hours and two hours of your flight departure. There is a generous check-in allowance of 40kg.
This is another relatively new cabin design rolling out across the fleet, with seats ranging between 18.5” and 19.5” width, and a pitch of 38” with an 8” recline. Meal options include preordering from a mew Premium Economy Book the Cook at least 24 hours in advance, with priority check-in and boarding as standard. Singapore Airlines also has a generous luggage allowance of 35kg check-in.