Has anyone flown premium economy from London to NYC? Is this equivalent to business class on other airlines? Thanks!
No it's the equivalent of what business class used to be 15 years ago, (although suspiciously similar to AA/UA business class today - more a reflection on how bad they are if anything)
Bit more than BA Traveller Plus but not quite as plus as Club? (I think)
I just got off the SanFran to Heathrow Virgin flight and the Premium looked very nice compared to the back seats.
But I'm not sure it's worth an extra grand!!!
Comparing fares for potential next trip and Economy is £320 or so. where as Premium was £1300??
Maybe the thinking is people will think it's not much of a jump to upper class and will go the whole hog!
BA are quite emphatic that World Traveller Plus (their premier economy service) is not a Club World-lite (or even CW-light); VS aren't quite so bold, but the basics are the same.
Club World is an exceptional business class service, and is certainly a better soft product than most NoAm First services. VS's Upper Class service gets rave reviews, but I am not sure how it compares to BA's First product.
Premier economy offers a slightly wider seat (the armrests won't raise, though, as the IFE controls are usually in the armrests, similar to a TV remote control but on a cord, which pax may pull out to use), seven or eight more inches of ptich between seats, and fewer seats in the cabin. There is a built-in leg and foot rest on the seats, which is rather nice. Seating is usually 2-4-2 rather than 3-4-3. The meals are usually identical to those served in the economy cabins, and pax may or may not get a glass of juice prior to departure. BA does offer a real wine glass for WT+ pax, rather than expecting pax to drink from a plastic cup.
WT+ is my default choice for long haul flights, and for a nine or ten hour trip, it's worth the money. Others' views may vary.
I'm flying PE to NYC again next week. I guess it depends if you think it's worth the extra money.
With Virgin you get dedicated PE check in, wider seats, more legroom, etc. A new PE product is being rolled out, which you are more likely to get if you are flying on an Airbus A340-600, with leather seats, and the remote is in the seat back in front, so the seat feels wider. If you get a 747 you can sit upstairs, there's less seats, only 4 seats across in a 2-2 design, and it's a lot quieter and you get a better service.
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