Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 29 Nov 2013
Total posts 436
I read the article posted earlier today re Emirates plans for Premium Economy - it sounds impressive! Clearly they've taken on board a lot of public feedback about what others have introduced (most notably Qantas) - extra legroom AND a PE bathroom!
What does the community think? Would it be enough to get you to experiment or switch?
British Airways - Executive Club
Member since 24 Jan 2012
Total posts 84
I'm not expecting much from Emirates. Despite all the hype, they've never delivered a revolutionary product in their economy and business cabins.
Member since 28 Oct 2011
Total posts 219
I suspect it will be one of the better Premium Economy seats. Certainly the photos of possible designs make it look better than what Qantas offers. Not reclining into the space behind would be a big plus.
Member since 26 May 2014
Total posts 304
If the seat does not recline into the space behind, then all of the rotation of the seat back is by moving the seat base forward = reduced legroom. It is clear that 38 inch pitch requires compromises somewhere in objectives in providing a better than Y seat. For me, legroom is a priority.
Member since 13 Sep 2016
Total posts 8
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 15 Aug 2012
Total posts 67
PE is a complicated one for airlines to get the right balance. As Emirates have said, it’s got to be an upgrade of economy, not a downgrade of business.
Member since 13 Jan 2015
Total posts 80
I don't see how 18.5 inch seat width in J was ever a pioneer
Member since 19 Aug 2011
Total posts 18
A leap ahead would be to match/better the 41-42" pitch seen on Air NZ and Virgin Australia. Fixed shell premium economy is seen on JAL, with similar pitch to NZ/VA. 38" pitch is standard, and sliding base with that pitch is going to be tight (Air NZ tried to be revolutionary with the Spaceseat in a similar way, but had to go for 42" pitch to make it comfortable - and then abandoned the concept altogether because of the weight of the design). Setting aside the Japanese carriers (which include lounge access with PE fares), EK looks like it's going to be an evolution of most of the others of around 38", so it is not going to be special - but it will obviously look like a leap up from 10 abreast in Y on 777s and 9 on forthcoming 787s. The standard is set at 41-42", go less than that and you're not the best, you're just average given the compromises on recline and space.
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