Well of course I survived, but the concept of Premium Economy is so overrated if you are looking for a good rest on your longhaul flight.
True, not all Premium Economy seats are created equal, so we’ll stick to Lufthansa today.
Its new Premium Economy product is wider than an economy class seat, offers more legroom and more recline. Even so, it is still far closer to an economy class seat than business class seat. I appreciated being able to recline further and stretch out my legs an extra 8 inches, but I could not find a comfortable position for sleeping. An annoying foot rest is attached to the seat in front of you that constricts legroom.
I traveled on a very expensive ticket paid by someone else–so expensive I could have purchased miles and redeemed for Lufthansa First Class for the same price. I simply would not pay the premium for Premium Economy over regular economy class if it were me paying. Not every seat was occupied and onboard upgrades were hawked for 325EUR each.
The Premium Economy cabin on Lufthansa’s A380 is downstairs just behind Door 1 (toward the front of the aircraft). The aircraft has 52 Premium Economy seats in a 2-4-2 layout. That’s actually an optimal layout because it gives couples traveling together some privacy and half of the middle seats remained empty, including the two next to me. Having extra room to spread out and a second tray table makes a big difference.
Lufthansa offers amenity kits in Premium Economy. The contests are blasé and I left it behind because the bag no longer has an Lufthansa branding.
Meals are identical to economy class, though they are served on ceramic dishes with glass cups. Food was fine — I actually enjoyed the Beef Burgundy dinner and omelet for breakfast.
IFE screens are on the seatback and include three different camera angles:
Clearly, Lufthansa Premium Economy is a step up from economy class. Nevertheless, it aids (me at least) very little in the pursuit of sleep. Therefore, I’ll skip it next time.