Wouldn´t it be cool to finally be able again to fly from London to New York in under 3 1/2 hours? Considering that it is 2017, I think it is actually pretty lame that today´s planes need at least double the time for a transatlantic crossing. One way. Not speaking of the death of exclusivity that was buried with the laying-up of supersonic air travel after Concorde was taken out of service back in 2003. But there are good news! Boom Technology from Denver, Colorado is aiming to bring long-lost memories back into the air. Continue reading
There are three places on earth where champagne tastes the best: Curled up on my couch, on the seven seas and in the air. Returning from my latest city adventure in Seoul, I was more than lucky to conclude the journey once again in style aboard Lufthansa´s Airbus A340-600. Continue reading
Great food, tons of movies to catch up with and ice-cold champagne. When a transatlantic crossing becomes so much more than just a flight from A to B. Continue reading
What a treat to end my 24 hours adventure time in Rio de Janeiro with a luxurious flight in the Upper Deck of the real Queen of the Skies, the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental of German national carrier Lufthansa. Continue reading
It´s been great news a few months ago when Lufthansa announced the new nonstop service from my homebase Munich to Denver after a long pause. The capital of Colorado and 19th most populous city in the U.S. can be well described as the Gateway to all of the state´s beautiful Nature reserves and impressive landscapes. They make the city a fantastic destination year round and therefore highly attractive for outdoor activities during the summer as well as an excellent winter sports location during the winter. But since I am not a winter´s person, what´s there to explore during a 48 hours layover in 2016´s “best place to live in the USA” (U.S. News & World Report) in August? Continue reading
Admittedly, when I was planning our flights to Athens for our cruise through the Greek Islands, Air China was definitely the last airline I had in mind. Not because I had any security or safety concerns, but because I was simply not aware of the fact that the Asian carrier was flying on this route at all.
Travelers! Cruisers! There is good news for you swinging in. Particularly, if you are planning to cruise this summer out of the ports of Southampton, Great Britain and Warnemunde (Rostock), Germany and you want fly with your favourite European airline. Continue reading
The fight for high revenue passengers within the airline industry is swelling for ages now. While for a long time airlines were facing a significant decrease in numbers of paying premium travelers in the highly lucrative business travel market, today airlines show off new cabin innovations, that appeal more and more to a demanding yet very price-concious clientel.
Best example is Germany´s Lufthansa. The carrier completed the implementation of a fourth class of service aboard its intercontinental fleet of Boeing B747-8s and B747-400s, Airbus A380s, A330s and A340s a year ago: the Premium Economy Class. At the same time, the airline, that flew for centuries one of the largest Business cabins in the industry, has started to scale down the numbers of its luxury seats on board. Some touristic destinations, like Tampa or Panama City, are even serviced without offering a First Class product. More and more people want to travel in style, but are not willing to pay the full fare.
And the trend is running high.
Today´s air travelers are spoiled. Because there is tons of choice on the market with no money to waste. And coach is not like coach, that we all know! But since not everyone has the cash to sit up front on every flight (I know, I don´t), why not considering sitting in-between? When it comes to air travel, no one likes to have a middle seat, right? And the airlines are reacting: Four-class intercontinental service is on the climb.
Attention though: Not every “upgraded” Economy Class promises real advantages in opposition to the basic product. Some airlines charge extra for just a little bit of more legroom, while others offer an entirely upgraded seat, enhanced free baggage allowances and other complimentary services on the ground, as well as inflight.
So before you book, it is recommendable to check what you can expect onboard and if you are willing to pay extra money for it.
I have put together a list of airlines that fly Premium Economy Class as a class of its own. Better seats, better service, better extras. Those airlines, that only offer extra legroom while the rest of the product remains the same, have been left out. Just click on the desired name and you will be automatically redirected to all the information that you may require: Who flies what and where, and most importantly, what is in stock for you!
- Aeroflot Russian Airlines
- Air Austral
- Air Canada
- Air China
- Air France
- Air New Zealand
- American Airlines
- ANA All Nippon
- Austrian Airlines
- British Airways
- China Airlines
- Cathay Pacific
- Delta Air Lines
- EVA Air
- JAL Japan Airlines
- LOT Polish Airlines
- Open Skies
- SAS Scandinavian New cabin currently being installed, infos here
- Singapore Airlines
- Thomas Cook
- Turkish Airlines
- Virgin Atlantic
In my opinion, a fantastic way to compromise between comfort and budget on international flights. I can do without champagne for 12 hours, but the luxury of space and luggage-freedom become more and more indispensible for me when I hit the road. No-frills may be cool for domestic, long distance definitely calls for a little more though. Because we are worth it…