Travel Extra’s Sunday Supplement: Lufthy opt for premium economy

Lufthansa service
Lufthansa service

The debate about the merits of premium economy resurfaced this week. Lufthansa announced it is to launch premium economy in 2014, with seats of around 19-20 inches wide, and 38-39 inches of pitch. The airline previously resisted the “in-between” category favoured by BA, United and Virgin, fearing (as do Emirates and Etihad) that it would dilute business class bookings. “We are introducing a fourth class now because our customers want it” Lufthansa CEO Christoph Franz said.

SAS announced this week they are going the other direction, phasing out premium economy and returning to a two class structure from June this year. Passengers in SAS Go (economy) will still get free bag check-in, coffee or tea.

Lufthansa say the next destination for their stylish 747-800 will be Hong Kong in April. Destinations to date from Frankfurt: Bangalore, Delhi, Washington and Los Angeles.

SAS also announced a new route from Copenhagen to San Francisco.

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