Which airlines have the best premium economy? – Business Traveller (2023)


28 Sep 2022 by BusinessTraveller

Which airlines have the best premium economy? – Business Traveller (1)

It has taken many years, but finally premium economy is offered by the majority of long haul international airlines.

We have been following premium economy since it was first introduced. You can read many of our previous articles on this website. Have a look at the related articles at the bottom of this one for more on the history of premium economy, and the reasons there are so many different varieties.

We have also reviewed many of these seats – head to the Tried and Tested section of the website.

Here is our round-up of the options, updated, so you can decide which is best for you. We will keep updating this, and also include more aircraft types where the seating differs significantly between aircraft types.

Which airlines have the best premium economy? – Business Traveller (2)


Premium economy passengers are fast-tracked through the airport and given a hot towel and welcome soft drink, followed by wine, beer, spirits and “premium” hot meals served on china with proper cutlery and glassware. As with most airlines here, you can check in two cases (23 kg each).

The IFE screen is 28 cm/ 11 inches (B787-8 and 26.4 cm/ 10.4 inches (B777-300); there’s a USB port for charging, in-seat power at every seat, adjustable headrest, a comfortable pillow and blanket, as well as a CleanCare+ kit, containing a mask, hand sanitizer, and antiseptic wipes, in addition to an amenity kit when flying internationally.

All premium economy seats have a comfortable 96.5 cm (38 in) seat pitch with ample room to stretch out. On the B787-8, there are three rows in a 2-3-2 layout (economy is 3-3-3).

  • WIDTH 50.8cm/20in (B777-300); 49.53cm/19.5in (B787-8); 45.7cm/18in (A330-300);
  • LEGROOM38in/96.5cm
  • RECLINE7in/18cm

Flight review: Air Canada B787-8 premium economy

Flight review: Air Canada B777-300ER premium economy

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Air France passengers can use Sky Priority channels in the airport, gain access to a lounge for a fee (economy passengers can’t), board at will byskipping the economy queue, and get their luggage back quicker on arrival.

Air France says that its premium economy seat provides 40 per cent more space than in economy, and the fixed-shell design means that you won’t encroach on the space of theperson behind when you recline. Premium economy passengers are provided with travel kits and there are cleverly designed groovesin the tray table to rest your iPad on (you also get 12-inch built-in screens). The seat is available on all its long haul, widebody aircraft – A330. A350, B777 and B787.

  • WIDTH19in/48cm
  • LEGROOM38in/96.5cm
  • RECLINE130 degrees

Flight review: Air France B777-200ER Premium Voyageur (premium economy)

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In somewhat of a backward step, the Kiwi carrier’s innovative Spaceseat, installed on the B777-300, was replaced with a more conventional premium economy seat in 2017. This seat has now been standardised across the airline’s fleet of B787-9 and B777-200 and -300 planes, and which has either a 2-3-2 (B787) or 2-4-2 (B777) configuration.

Despite the change, passengers still get premium check-in, priority baggage and boarding, and onboard amenity kits, meals and drinks, including wine from New Zealand.

(Video) American Airlines Premium Economy, selecting the Best Seats - Business Traveller

  • WIDTH19.3in/49cm
  • LEGROOM41in/104cm
  • RECLINE9in/23cm

Flight review: Air New Zealand B777-200ER premium economy

Flight review: Air New Zealand B777-200ER (refurbished) Premium Economy

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AA launched its first premium economy product in 2017 on its B787-9s and B777-200s. It is now on its B777 and B787 fleet. To read a review, see

Flight review: American Airlines B777-300ER Premium Economy

Included in the price is priority check-in, security, boarding and luggage, as well as “chef-inspired” meals and alcohol. Passengers can take advantage of spacious black leather seats, noise-reducing headphones, USB ports and amenity kits.

The measurements differ between aircraft but are as follows:

  • WIDTH19in/48cm (B777-300 and B787-9); 18.5in/47cm (B777-200 and B787-8)
  • LEGROOM38in/96.5cm
  • RECLINE5-6in/12-15cm


Premium Economy passengers on ANA-operated international flights can access “ANA lounges” at Haneda Airport, Narita Airport, Kansai Airports and Honolulu Airport. At airports other than the above. ANA has two different types of premium economy seating, with the first being on the B787-9, B787-8 and B777-300ER aircraft, and the second being on the A380, B787-10 and B777-300ER (new 212 seat configuration)

Premium economy on the B777-300ER is in its own 2-4-2 cabin. Legroom is 38 inches – four inches more than regular economy – while the seat is 10 per cent wider, at 19.3 inches. On the new configuration of the B77-300ER (called 212) the seatback touchscreen is 15.6 inches.

The seat is also installed on ANA’s B787s. Each seat has a legrest, footrest, 10.6-inch touchscreen, power outlet, USB port and connection for Apple devices, plus a reading light at shoulder height. Premium economy passengers are served a business class selection of drinks including Champagne, though meals are the same as in economy.

  • WIDTH18.4-19.3in/47-49cm
  • LEGROOM38in/96.5cm
  • RECLINE21-24.5 degrees

Flight review: ANA B777-300ER Premium Economy

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Austrian’sB777-200 aircraft hold a total of 24 premium economy seats configured 2-4-2, while B767-300ERs contain 30 seats (expanded from 18) configured 2-2-2. Along with 38 inches of legroom, passengers can enjoy a footrest, 12-inch TV screen and individual power outlets and USB ports. Premium Economy class also allows travellers to check in two bags of 23 kg per person and provides a choice of three in-flight main courses. An amenity kit including ear plugs, socks and other necessities is also provided.

  • WIDTH 9in/48cm
  • LEGROOM 38in/96.5cm
  • RECLINE 40 degrees

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BA’s World Traveller Plus cabin comes in two forms, with a more modern product found on the B787, A380 and some B777s and an older one on the rest of the long-haul fleet. The pitch is seven inches greater than in economy, while thewidth is an inch more.

Upholstered in navy padded fabric, the newer seat has a footrest, a headrest with wings and a 10.5-inch touchscreen that can be controlled by a personal handset. Noise-cancelling headphones and an amenity kit with socks, an eye mask, ear plugs and toothbrush/paste are provided.

  • WIDTH18.5in/47cm
  • LEGROOM38in/ 96.5cm
  • RECLINE7-8in/18-20cm

Flight review: British Airways A380 World Traveller Plus (premium economy)

Flight review: British Airways B787 World Traveller Plus

Flight review: British Airways B777-200ER World Traveller Plus

Flight review: British Airways B777-300ER World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy)

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The airline’s A330s have a separate premium economy cabin (floor-to-ceiling partition walls and aisle curtains) with 21 seats in a 2-3-2 configuration. Passengers also get a 13.3 inch screen, larger table with AC and USB ports, and an “upgraded culinary experience” including a snack of ice cream.

  • WIDTH18.5in/47cm
  • LEGROOM38in/ 96.5cm
  • RECLINE40 degrees

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Premium Economy seats are equipped with a full-length leg-rest, leather-padded footrests, a retractable armrest that can be adjusted and a headrest. They recline by nine inches and have an expanded seat pitch of 40 inches. Other features include a dimmable personal reading light, slide-out cocktail table, larger meal table, in-seat power outlet, and an amenity storage on each seat. The 28 seats are configured in a 2-4-2 cabin layout. Champagne is included, and meals are “light and healthy with an emphasis on fresh fruits and vegetables”. Larger tray tables make working on a laptop easier, while 10.6-inch screens (12.1-inch on the A350) come with noise-cancelling headphones. Amenity kits are also handed out.

  • WIDTH18.5-19.3in/47-49cm
  • LEGROOM38-40in/96.5-101.5cm
  • RECLINE8-9in/20-23cm

Flight review: Cathay Pacific A350-900 premium economy

Flight review: Cathay Pacific B777-300ER premium economy

Flight review: Cathay Pacific A330-300 Premium Economy

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The Taiwanese carrier offers eightrows of premium economy in a 2-4-2 layout on its B777-300ER aircraft. The fixed-back shell seat features a legrest, a 12.1-inch touchscreen, a water bottle holder, a drinks holder and aUSB port. Designer Ray Chen has incorporated Chinese aesthetic touches throughout the aircraft, with the premium economy cabin featuring walls lined with a wood texturing effect.

  • WIDTH19in/48cm
  • LEGROOM39in/99cm
  • RECLINE118 degrees

Flight review: China Airlines B777-300ER premium economy

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Delta has Premium Select on its A350, A330 and B767 aircraft. To read a review, see

Flight review: Delta B767-400ER premium economy

The seat is wider than the economy seat, with an adjustable footrest and leg rest, 13.3-inch seatback screens and the ability to watch the Delta Studio content on personal devices, and individual power ports. There is also an upgraded amenity kit, noise-cancelling headsets, a blanket made from recycled materials and memory-foam pillow to help them arrive rested and refreshed. Free Starbucks coffee is available, along with snacks and complimentary beverages including beer, wine, cocktails and spirits. Premium Select travellers qualify for Sky Priority security, boarding and bag delivery.

  • WIDTH19in/48cm (18.5/47cm on A350)
  • LEGROOM38in/96.5cm
  • RECLINE7in/18cm


Israeli carrier El Al took delivery of the first of 16 B787 Dreamliner aircraft in 2017, featuring a new premium economy seat configured 2-3-2 and offering 38 inches of seat pitch, a footrest and multi-position adjustable headrest.

The seat also features a larger IFE screen compared to economy, as well AC power and a USB port.

The airline’s premium economy cabin has subsequently been installed onto selected B777-200ERs, at the expense of the aircraft’s first class seating.

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The new premium economy cabin on the A380 is located at the front of the main deck of the superjumbo, with a total of 56 seats in a 2-4-2 layout. Three toilets have been dedicated to the new cabin. Features include up to 40 inches of seat pitch, 19.5 inches of seat width, eight inches of recline, and a 13.3-inch IFE screen.

There is in-seat charging, a wide fold out dining table, and a side cocktail table. The seat is upholstered in “cream-coloured anti-stain leather with stitching details and a wood panel finishing similar to business class”, and also features six-way adjustable headrests, calf rests and footrests.

Premium economy is currently available on selected Emirates flights to and from Heathrow, Paris CDG and Sydney, and will be progressively rolled out to destinations including New York JFK, Auckland, Melbourne, San Francisco, Singapore and Christchurch by March 2023.

Emirates is in the midst of what it is calling the “largest known fleet retrofit” project, with a total of 120 aircraft being retrofitted, starting with the carrier’s A380 superjumbos before moving onto its B777 aircraft. All of the retrofitted aircraft will feature premium economy, with the project set to be completed in 2025.

The carrier’s premium economy seat is also set to be installed on “some” of the carrier’s B777X aircraft, although the aircraft will now not join Emirates’ fleet until 2025 at the earliest.

  • WIDTH 19.5in/49.5cm
  • LEGROOM up to 40in/102cm
  • RECLINE 8in/20cm

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The Taiwanese airline was one of the first carriers to offer premium economy (branded Elite Class originally). Its product offers USB ports, plug sockets, mood lighting and 11-inch LCD touchscreens. Toiletries by Canadian brand Escents are also provided, along with pillow and blanket sets. Wine, beer and non-alcoholic drinks are on offer, with meals served on chinaware.

  • WIDTH19.5in/49.5cm
  • LEGROOM38in/96.5cm
  • RECLINE8in/20cm

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The new premium economy seating is by Haeco, and Finnair is the launch customer of its ‘Vector Premium’ seat, customised by Finnair and again, designed in partnership with Tangerine.

Premium Economy is in a cabin of 26 seats immediately behind the rear business class cabin. The seat has a 38-inch legroom, stowage area for laptops and small personal items, memory foam cushions, an eight-inch recline, leg rest and six-way headrest. There is a single leaf meal tray for work and dining, individual reading lights, PC power and USB-A ports. The IFE is through a 13-inch touchscreen.

Premium Economy customers will get two meal services as well as a selection of drinks throughout the flight. A three-course meal will be served on new chinaware designed for Finnair by Finnish designer Harri Koskinen and Iittala, with a light meal service just before landing.

The textiles are Finnish design house Marimekko with a neck pillow and blanket designed specifically for the new premium economy seat.

  • WIDTH – 18in
  • LEGROOM – 38in
  • RECLINE – 8in

Finnair launches new business and premium economy seating

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Iberia’s premium economy offers a seat width of 19 inches (11.6 per cent more than in economy), a pitch of 37 inches (20 per cent greater than economy), 40 per cent more recline compared to economy, and a larger IFE screen (12 inches compared to nine in economy). Premium economy passengers also benefit from priority check-in and boarding, a larger luggage allowance, an upgraded meal service, an amenity kit and noise-cancelling headphones. It is being fitted to the A330-300 and A350-900 fleets.

  • WIDTH 18-19in/49cm
  • LEGROOM 37in/95cm
  • RECLINE: 7.1in/18cm

Interview: Iberia’s CCO on new premium economy seat


ITA Airways uses the old Alitalia fleet for much of its long haul fleet, and the seating is the same as with Alitalia. This means that the premium economy is what was launched in 2010, and originally branded as Classica Plus and then Premium Economy, which is what ITA calls it as well.

Benefits on the A330s (the only aircraft which has premium economy) include a separate cabin section with between 17 seats which recline to 120 degrees (9 inches) and offer up to 40 per cent more legroom (compared to economy); baggage allowance of up to two items weighing 23 kg, dedicated check-in desks and priority boarding; a night kit with blanket and pillow, and a 10.6 inch TV screen on the carrier’s A330s.

  • WIDTH 20.1in/50cm
  • LEGROOM38in/96.5cm
  • RECLINE 9 inches


JAL’s Sky Premium fixed-shell seat has 42 inches of pitch, a legrest, a headrest with wings, and a privacy divider at head height. The 12.1-inch touchscreen can be controlled via a handheld remote. In-seat power is provided. A significant perk is having lounge access at Tokyo Haneda and Narita, and London Heathrow.

  • WIDTH19in/48cm
  • LEGROOM42in/106.5cm
  • RECLINEUndisclosed

Flight review: Japan Airlines B777-300ER premium economy

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The Dutch flag carrier unveiled its long-awaited premium economy seating (branded Premium Comfort) in May 2022, and the first flight featuring the new cabin was between Amsterdam Schiphol and New York JFK in September 2022.

The carrier plans to fit the seat to its B787-10, B787-9, B777-200 and B777-300ER aircraft, with between 21 and 28 seats in the cabin depending on the aircraft type.

The new seat offers up to 17cm more legroom than standard economy and up to 20cm recline, as well as movable leg and footrests, in-seat power and a 13-inch IFE screen.

  • WIDTH – 18.5in/ 47cm
  • LEGROOM 39in/99cm
  • RECLINE 8 in/20cm

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Lufthansa’s seat is not in a separate cabin but, depending on aircraft, is up to an inch wider than in economy, with about four inches more room at the side thanks to a wide armrest and a centre console. Seats have adjustable footrests, power sockets, a USB port, an 11- to 12-inch screen, and a small stowage area for glasses or a phone. There is no priority boarding or check-in but select lounges can be used for a fee. A “fruity” welcome drink is offered on board.

  • WIDTH18-19in/45.5-48cm
  • LEGROOM38in/96.5cm
  • RECLINE40 degrees

Flight review: Lufthansa B747-8 premium economy

It is in the process of upgrading the seat withGerman manufacturer Zim confirmed as the new supplier for its B747-8 jumbo aircraft. The Zim Privacy seat (officially known as the Zim PC-02) will be fitted to the carrier’s 19 B747-8s, as well as new A350 and B787-9s as they are delivered. As previously reported, Lufthansa had originally planned to launch the new seat on its delayed B777-9 aircraft. The fixed shell seat features an integrated privacy shield, as well as adjustable armrests, a cocktail table, single piece meal table, personal reading light and “extra-large IFE screen”. It is an upgrade on the Zim Magic seat,with which Lufthansa launched its premium economy offering back in 2014.

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The 56 Premium seats are in eight rows of 2-3-2 at the front of the aircraft. The configuration is 2-3-2 (AC -DEF GJ). These are comfortable armchair-type seats with a pitch of 43 inches and 12 inches of recline (the B787s have 46 inches in Premium), and has a utilitarian grey leather covering with antimacassars with the Norse logo on them.

  • WIDTHUndisclosed
  • LEGROOM43in/109 cm
  • RECLINE 12in

To read a full review:

Flight review: Norse Atlantic Airways B787-9 Premium

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Qantas has a new premium economy seat on its B787s. Smartly upholstered in charcoal grey with touches of “burnt caramel”, the seat reclines into a Z shape with a hammock to support your feet, while a thick pillow slots on to the fixed-wing headrest to cushion you as you sleep. Seatbacks have 13.5-inch screens, plus slots for your own tablet. There are also USB sockets and pods for storing waterbottles.

  • WIDTH19.5in/49.5cm
  • LEGROOM38-42in/96.5-106.5cm
  • RECLINE9in/23cm


SAS is quite shy about its premium economy seat, which ii calls SAS Plus. On flights within Scandinavia, Finland and Europe the seat comfort the seat is identical to the one in economy (called SAS Go), but to and from Asia, Canada and the US you get a wider seat (by one inch) and extra legroom. The seat configuration in the cabin is 2-3-2 as opposed to 2-4-2 (on the A330), and 2-4-2 as opposed to 3-3-3 on the A350.

  • WIDTH 18.3in (18.8 inches on the A350)
  • LEGROOM 38in
  • RECLINE undisclosed

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Configured 2-4-2, SIA’s new premium economy seat has slots at the base of the central armrest for water bottles, cup holders above, calf and footrests that fold out, two USB sockets per person, and 13.3-inch HD monitors. Champagne is complimentary, and fast-track check-in, boarding and baggage handling are rolled in as well. Travellers can stow one piece of checked luggage to 35kg.

  • WIDTH18.5-19.5in/47-49.5cm
  • LEGROOM38in/96.5cm
  • RECLINE8in/20cm

Flight review: Singapore Airlines A380 Premium Economy

Flight review: Singapore Airlines A380 premium economy

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Flight review: Singapore Airlines A380 Premium Economy Class

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Lufthansa Group carrier Swiss has fitted its fleet of 12 B777-300ERs with the Zim Privacy seats. It says the remaining long-haul fleet consisting of Airbus A330-300s and A340-300s will be equipped with Premium Economy Class at a later date.

The Zim Privacy seat (officially known as the Zim PC-02) is afixed shell seat with an integrated privacy shield, as well as adjustable armrests, a cocktail table, single piece meal table, personal reading light and “extra-large IFE screen”. It is an upgrade on the Zim Magic seat,with which Lufthansa launched its premium economy offering back in 2014.

  • WIDTH18-19in/45.5-48cm
  • LEGROOM38in/96.5cm
  • RECLINE40 degrees

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United’s Premium Plus offers passengers noise-reducing headphones, a Saks Fifth Avenue blanket and pillow, and an amenity kit. Premium Plus is on B777-200 aircraft which serve long haul destinations, B777-300s and B787-8, B787-9 and B787-10 aircraft, as well as the B767-400ER fleet and the B767-300ER fleet, this last of which has two configurations, one of which has 24 seats of Premium Plus. On the B777-300ER and B777-200ER aircraft it is in a 2-4-2 configuration, with a 2-3-2 configuration on the B787-10 and a 2-2-2 on the B767-300ER.

  • WIDTH 19in/48cm
  • LEGROOM38in/96.5cm
  • RECLINE 6in/17cm


Vietnam Airlines offers Premium Economy on both the B787-9 and A350 aircraft, each varying in their seat dimensions (see below). Both aircraft include 30 cm entertainment screens and spacious luggage compartments. Premium Economy passengers can take advantage of priority check-in and amenities like pillows, blankets and toiletries on the plane. Complimentary drinks and spirits are also offered in-flight.

  • WIDTH18in/46cm (A350: 19in/48cm)
  • LEGROOM42in/107cm (A350: 38in/96.5cm)
  • RECLINE7in/18cm (A350: 8in/20cm)

Flight review: Vietnam Airlines B787-9 premium economy

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One of the originators of premium economy, Virgin’s product is now called Premium. The seat has 10.5-inch touchscreens and broad central armrests with a flat section for drinks. Passengers either have footrests or a supportive ottoman cushion behind the bulkhead. When boarding, a glass of prosecco and a newspaper are offered and, later, a choice of post-prandial liqueurs. Amenity kits are provided on night flights.

On its new A330 neo aircraft, there will be 46 premium economy seats in burgundy with a 38” pitch and a 13.3” touchscreen with Bluetooth audio. The airline is also offering its Premium customers an in-seat wireless charging pad (though these are shared with one in each set of seats in the 2-3-2 configuration).

  • WIDTH21in/53cm
  • LEGROOM38in/96.5cm
  • RECLINE8in/20cm

Flight review: Virgin Atlantic B787-9 premium economy

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Who has the best premium economies in the world? ›

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Which airline has the most comfortable business class seats? ›

Which airline has the most comfortable business class seats? In our rankings, we believe that Qatar Airways Qsuites, ANA's The Room business class, EVA Air Royal Laurel business class, and Delta One Suites are the best business class products.

Which airline has the widest seats in business class? ›

Which airline has the widest business class seats? Of all the airlines mentioned, Singapore Airlines' A380 and 777-300ER have the widest business class seats.

Is World Traveller plus better than premium economy? ›

Flying World Traveller Plus is an exciting upgrade. With fewer rows, the cabin is quieter, more spacious, and more exclusive than World Traveller. The seats on our premium economy flights are wider, with greater recline, lumbar support, a head and foot rest, plus extra leg room to stretch out.

Is it worth it to pay for premium economy? ›

Premium economy's big selling point is more space. The seats are an inch or two wider on average than the typical coach seat, and the rows are farther apart, offering several more inches of legroom. Most premium economy seats recline, and many have footrests. How much space you actually get depends on the airline.

Do you get better food in premium economy? ›

But premium economy, if done well, offers more than just a few extra inches of leg room. Think of the ideal premium economy as a kind of “business class lite” option, with better meals, fancier cocktails, roomier seats, and upgraded amenities such as dedicated check-in and access to more storage space.

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Which row in business class is best? ›

Exit rows, aisle or window seats, and anywhere close to the front are typically considered the best seats on a plane. On a short business trip, you might want an aisle seat near the front of the plane so you can debark as quickly as possible on arrival.

Is premium economy or business class much better? ›

To be fair, these classes are pretty similar.

They also include checked baggage, dedicated cabins, in-flight entertainment, better food than Economy, and dedicated flight attendants in each cabin. However, in Business Class you'll get even more legroom than in Premium Economy. Even better gourmet meals and finer wines.

Which airlines have seats that turn into beds? ›

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  • American Airlines: Boeing 777 and 787 aircraft.
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  • JetBlue Airways: A321 aircraft with JetBlue Mint.
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Who has the cheapest business class flights? ›

Airlines with the least expensive business class
  • Hawaiian Airlines.
  • Icelandair.
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What is the most comfortable airline? ›

1. JetBlue
Seat dimensionsSeatback screensPower outlets
Pitch: 32 to 34 inches Width: 17.8 to 18.4 inchesAll flightsPower and USB outlets on most flights
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Can you sleep in premium economy? ›

Even though you won't be reclining in a flat bed in any premium-economy cabin, a combination of larger seat dimensions, wider armrests, adjustable leg rests and extra features, like upgraded bedding and noise-canceling headphones, almost guarantee you'll feel more rested upon arrival.

Is it worth upgrading to World Traveller plus? ›

Also, there are few opportunities to upgrade within World Traveller – apart from the exit rows. If you have a long flight or an overnight flight I think the upgrade cost is absolutely worth it.

Do you get lounge access with premium economy? ›

The meals are the same, though business class passengers are offered beverages before takeoff. Business class passengers have lounge access, which priority economy passengers do not.

How much more should I pay for premium economy? ›

Premium economy fares are significantly more expensive than economy fares (often two to three times the cost). However, don't expect an experience two to three times better. You'll need to fly business or first class for a truly premium experience.

What is United Airlines premium economy like? ›

United Premium PlusSM offers you extra space, added comfort and more ways to enjoy your trip on select flights. Your seats are closer to the front of the plane, giving you more legroom, elbow room and room to recline. Each seat has its own power outlet and USB charger.

How much will Emirates premium economy cost? ›

How much does it cost to upgrade to premium economy on Emirates? If you booked the economy ticket, you can upgrade it to premium economy which cost you around $400.

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Does premium economy have its own bathroom? ›

The separate premium economy cabin is also set within the first rows of the aircraft with a dedicated lavatory and reserved overhead bin compartment for carry-on luggage.

What do you get extra in premium economy? ›

Typically, premium economy will provide about 5-7 extra inches of legroom, plus 1-2 extra inches of seat width and 2-3 extra inches of recline. On a 12+ hour flight, every inch counts, and you're likely to have more room than you would on a short regional flight.

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1 airline of 2022: Qatar Airways. Qatar Airways ranked at the top of Skytrax's list. The carrier's chief executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, stated in a press release that Qatar Airways' goal when it was created in 1993 was always to be named the best airline.

What is the most luxurious airline in the US? ›

Winner: Delta

Each airline offers chef-curated food and luxurious bedding on board, as well as premium spirits. Both United and American Airlines offer pajamas on select international flights, while Delta doesn't. When it comes to customer service, however, Delta is a clear winner.

Where should you sit in business class? ›

Business class seats start filling up from front to back, so your best chances of scoring an empty seat next to you are to sit in the back of the cabin (this is of course a moot point on US airlines, where there's no such thing as an empty premium seat)

Can you sit in an empty business class seat? ›

So, yes, the flight attendants know which seats in business (or first) class are supposed to be empty, and if someone is found in one, they'll be asked to move... (and if you're on a US-based carrier, it might be a little stronger than just a request!)

Which window seat is best in flight for view? ›

If you can be a fair way forward of the wing, then that usually gives the best view outside. However, most economy class cabins start at where the wing is, so assuming you are in economy class, your best bet would be towards the back.

Can premium economy use business class toilets? ›

Aviation expert Irene King said economy passengers generally can't use the business and first-class toilets, but there might be times when it is acceptable.

Can I upgrade from premium economy to business class? ›

Most airlines allow only one class upgrade, so you could go from economy to premium economy or premium economy to business class, but not from economy to first class.

Is Delta Premium same as business class? ›

In summary, Delta One is Delta's business class, featuring lie-flat seats, perfect for the traveler who needs rest. Delta Premium Select is an upgraded version of economy, with more amenities and better legroom — a happy medium between the cramped seats in the back and the more expensive business class seats up front.

Does premium economy have a flat bed? ›

While there are no premium economy seats that lie completely flat just yet, some airplane seat manufacturers have their eye on a revolutionary new seat. Zephyr Aerospace wants to introduce a fully-flat option that includes seats with plenty of stretching room.

Can you lie down in first class? ›

Traveling first class is one of the options that can help. While there are limits to how cozy you can get in business class, first class lie-flat seats are the best seating option you can get on most flights if a supremely relaxing rest is what you desire.

How can I get a free business class upgrade? ›

How To Upgrade To Business Class For Free
  1. Get With the Program. If you are a regular traveller and you fly a lot, it's worth sticking to one airline and joining their frequent flyer program. ...
  2. Get A Branded Credit Card. ...
  3. Know Your Aircraft. ...
  4. Arrive Early. ...
  5. Volunteer To Sit This One Out. ...
  6. Ask For It. ...
  7. Fly Midweek or Redeye. ...
  8. Go Solo.

How can I book cheap business class tickets? ›

10 Tips For Finding Cheap Business Class Tickets
  1. Timing is Everything. Booking at the right time is something of an art. ...
  2. Get Expert Help. ...
  3. Look At Alternative Airlines. ...
  4. Avoid Popular Hubs. ...
  5. Sign Up For Fare Alerts. ...
  6. Be Flexible. ...
  7. Use An Airline Credit Card. ...
  8. Fill Empty Seats.

What is the cheapest way to upgrade to business class on economy? ›

  1. Achieve Airline Elite Status. ...
  2. Receive Instant Upgrades When Purchasing Certain Fare Class Tickets.
  3. Upgrade Your Flight With Miles. ...
  4. Buy an Upgrade.
  5. Buy Discounted Business and First Class Fares. ...
  6. Upgrade With Miles on Partner Airlines.
  7. Purchase Business/First Class Award Tickets With Miles.
  8. Carry an Airline-Branded Credit Card.
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What is the best airline to fly economy international? ›

Emirates wins award as the World's Best Economy Class with Qatar Airways in second place and Singapore Airlines in third position. Scroll down to see all of the economy class airline category ratings.

Which US airline has the most comfortable seats? ›

JetBlue Offers Superior Comfort in Economy

Every seat on every airplane offers inflight entertainment on a personal seatback screen. If you're not into that, maybe you'll like the free wifi. In addition, you'll get some of the widest seats available on domestic airlines and better than average legroom.

What is the smoothest seat on a plane? ›

“The smoothest place to sit is over the wings,” says commercial pilot Patrick Smith, host of AskThePilot.com. These seats are close to the plane's center of lift and gravity. “The roughest spot is usually the far aft. In the rearmost rows, closest to the tail, the knocking and swaying is more pronounced.”

Who is the best premium economy? ›

Virgin Atlantic wins award for the World's Best Premium Economy Class, with Singapore Airlines in second place and Qantas in third position.

Which airlines have premium economy seats? ›

6 Airlines With Domestic Premium Economy Seats Worth Paying For
  • United Airlines. On select transcontinental routes, United has a true premium economy product called Premium Plus. ...
  • American Airlines. ...
  • Delta Air Lines. ...
  • Alaska Airlines. ...
  • Hawaiian Airlines. ...
  • JetBlue.
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Do you get priority boarding with premium economy? ›

Premium Economy Class. Enjoy greater comfort with priority boarding, spacious seats, thoughtful service and an outstanding inflight entertainment system.

Is it better to book economy then upgrade? ›

The cheapest way to get a business or first-class ticket is to buy an economy ticket then buy an upgrade. You can either do this immediately after booking or look for last-minute upgrades as your travel date approaches. The price for premium cabin fares decreases as you get closer to departure.

How do I ask for a travel upgrade? ›

Know When to Ask

Talk to a gate agent and let them know that you're interested in moving up. "Once onboard there isn't anything we can do as a flight attendant," Kamalani said of her airline. Gate agents will typically have a list of frequent fliers who are first eligible for upgrades.

Does World Traveller plus get priority boarding? ›

Fly premium economy with World Traveller Plus and treat yourself to a wider seat, longer legroom and priority boarding - all in a separate cabin with an extra checked bag.

Does premium economy get different food? ›

It's the amenities, too — premium economy provides different meal offerings than the main class cabin, amenity kits, and priority boarding.

How many bags do you get with premium economy? ›

Premium economy gets you a wider seat, elevated meals and two free checked bags, among other perks.

Which country is the most powerful economically? ›

United States. The United States of America is a North American nation that is the world's most dominant economic and military power.

Who has the strongest economy in the US? ›

State Economy Rankings
Overall RankStateTotal Score
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Which are the top 5 economies in the world? ›

The World's Top 5 Largest Economies in 2026
  • United States: USD 29.3 trillion in 2026. ...
  • China: USD 24.3 trillion in 2026. ...
  • Japan: USD 5.4 trillion in 2026. ...
  • Germany: USD 5.2 trillion in 2026. ...
  • India: USD 5.0 trillion in 2026.

Who has the best economy in the world 2022? ›

Top 15 Countries by GDP in 2022
  • United States: $20.89 trillion.
  • China: $14.72 trillion.
  • Japan: $5.06 trillion.
  • Germany: $3.85 trillion.
  • United Kingdom: $2.67 trillion.
  • India: $2.66 trillion.
  • France: $2.63 trillion.
  • Italy: $1.89 trillion.

Which state has the best economy? ›

America's Top States for Business 2022
Overall RankStateEconomy
1North Carolina1
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Which country is No 1 in world? ›

The overall ranking of Best Countries measure global performance on a variety of metrics. Switzerland is the best country in the world for 2022.
  • Switzerland. #1 in Best Countries Overall. ...
  • Germany. #2 in Best Countries Overall. ...
  • Canada. ...
  • United States. ...
  • Sweden. ...
  • Japan. ...
  • Australia. ...
  • United Kingdom.

Who is the top 5 economy 2022? ›

Just five countries make up more than half of the world's entire GDP in 2022: the U.S., China, Japan, India, and Germany.

Where does California rank in the world economy? ›

It is the largest sub-national economy in the world. If California were a sovereign nation (2022), it would rank in terms of nominal GDP as the world's fifth largest economy, behind Germany and ahead of India.

Why is us the strongest economy? ›

The nation's economy is fueled by abundant natural resources, a well-developed transportation infrastructure, and high productivity. It has the second-highest total-estimated value of natural resources, valued at US$ 44.98 trillion in 2019, although sources differ on their estimates.

What economy is better than the US? ›

China has replaced the U.S. as the primary engine of global economic growth. Since the 2008 financial crisis, one-third of all growth in the world's GDP has occurred in just one country: China.

What is the best state to live in usa 2022? ›

Massachusetts topped 2022's list, touting a score of 62.65 out of 100. New Jersey came in second, dropping from the top spot last year. New York, Idaho and Virginia fill out the rest of the top five states to live in, in that order.

What are the 10 strongest economies? ›

World's 10 Largest Economies
  • USA. Nominal GDP: $22.66 trillion. ...
  • China. Nominal GDP: $16.64 trillion. ...
  • Japan. Nominal GDP: $5.38 trillion. ...
  • Germany. Nominal GDP: $4.32 trillion. ...
  • United Kingdom. Nominal GDP: $3.12 trillion. ...
  • India. Nominal GDP: $3.05 trillion. ...
  • France. Nominal GDP: $2.94 trillion. ...
  • Italy. Nominal GDP: $2.11 trillion.

Which country has the best economy and why? ›

1. United States. The United States has a relatively open economy, facilitating flexible business investment and foreign direct investment in the country. It is the world's dominant geopolitical power and is able to maintain a large external national debt as the producer of the world's primary reserve currency.

Which country is the most powerful in the world 2022? ›

United States. The United States of America is a North American nation that is the world's most dominant economic and military power.


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