October 26, 2016 – Spanish carrier, Iberia, has unveiled its forthcoming premium economy class cabin, launching on 37 of its long-haul aircraft, starting during the summer season of 2017. The cabin will be installed on eight Airbus A330-300s and 13 A340-600s, which will be retrofitted during 2017 and 2018 to include the cabin, with the airline’s 16 new A350-900s being line-fitted with the cabin for deliveries starting in 2018.
Seats in the new cabin will be 19in wide, with a pitch of 37in, and will offer 40% more recline than those in the economy cabin. Customers will also enjoy adjustable headrests and footrests, noise-cancelling earphones, an exclusive amenities kit, and a 13in IFE display (instead of the 9in screens in economy).
In addition, premium economy passengers will enjoy priority boarding, an extra suitcase allowance, upgraded dining options, and other privileges.
Iberia’s executive chairman Luis Gallego explained the investment, tht “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.”