Iberia will introduce a new “extra-comfortable Premium Economy cabin” on 37 of its long-haul A330-300 and A340-600 aircraft, as well as on its new A350 planes.
The new middle cabin will first launch in the summer of 2017, with a refit program through 2017 and 2018 on eight A330-300 cabins and 13 of the airline’s A340-600. The new true Premium Economy cabin will also be line-fitted on the new A350-900 aircraft which will be delivered starting in 2018.
“Iberia is the sole airline that will offer this intermediate seating class on direct flights between Spain and Latin America, which should strengthen our leadership of this market,” says Iberia Chief Commercial Director Marco Sansavini.
The airline gives us a tour of the new Premium Economy cabin in a video released on YouTube fittingly entitled ‘Más es Más,” or more is more.
The first aircraft to be equipped with the new section will be used next summer on routes between Madrid and Buenos Aires, Bogota, Lima, and Chicago.
The new Premium Economy seats will be 19” wide, with a 37” pitch (distance between rows). Seats will include adjustable head and foot rests and recline 40% further than the airline’s standard Economy cabin seating. The in-flight entertainment screens on the seats will be 13-inch displays. (Screens in Iberia’s standard Economy class seats are 9-inches diagonally.)
Customers flying in Premium Economy class will also receive noise-cancelling earphones, and an exclusive amenities kit. Premium Economy passengers also get priority boarding and deplaning, allowance for an extra piece of luggage, an upgraded dining menu, and other privileges to be announced.
“Premium Economy is an initiative included in our Plan de Futuro aimed at increasing revenues. It will give Economy passengers an additional option for greater comfort and extra services on long flights,” explains Iberia’s Executive Chairman Luis Gallego.