After making waves with their incredible new business class cabins last year (lie-flat seats; multiple outlets; leg room galore), Lufthansa is upgrading its fleet once again. And this time, the news is in the back of the plane. Starting in November, you’ll find Premium Economy Class seats on the German carrier’s planes—not only with 50% more leg room than Economy, but a slew of luxe amenities as well. Passengers in Premium Economy will be greeted with a welcome cocktail, receive complimentary amenity kits (we’ve yet to learn what brands might be found inside), and will be served meals on porcelain tableware. Sound a little like business class? Good news: the prices will skew closer to Economy, with a return flight across the Atlantic carrying an average premium of $800 (that’s almost $2,000 less than the cost of your typical Lufthansa business seat).
But how do Lufthansa’s new offerings stack up with the competition? Compared to AirFrance, British Airways, and Virgin Atlantic, the seat specs are basically the same (a seat pitch of 38”; similar comfort considerations such as adjustable foot and heat rests) though you will get a bit more privacy, with wider center consoles between the seats, and larger seatback entertainment screens. Booking begins in May, with fleet-wide rollout planned by Summer 2015.
Nikki Ekstein is an Editorial Assistant at Travel + Leisure and part of the Trip Doctor news team. Find her on Twitter at @nikkiekstein.