Travelers looking for a bit more comfort on flights to Madrid are about to get a new option. Iberia has announced plans to add its new Premium Economy class on flights between Madrid and Boston this month. The new cabin is already available on flights between Madrid and Chicago, New York, Miami, Mexico City and Bogota.
Iberia launched its Premium Economy class in May, and the market response has been very positive, according to the airline.
In a written release Iberia Chief Commercial Officer Marco Sansavini said, “The load factor beats projections in the U.S. market and also in Latin America, where we were the first airline to offer an intermediate class on direct flights to and from Spain. Initial passenger surveys show that customers using the new class give the highest marks to the overall travel experience and to the price/quality ratio.”
Notable amenities of the Premium Economy Class are:
- 20 percent more distance between rows: 94 cm vs. 78.7 cm in Economy.
- Wider seats: 48 cm
- 40 percent deeper seatback recline: 7” vs. 5” in Economy
- Adjustable headrests and reclining footrests
- Larger, sharper entertainment displays: Full HD, 12” vs. 9” in Economy, plus noise-cancelling headphones, power and connecting ports for electronic devices
- Special on-board service: complimentary welcome drink, gourmet menu, cloth table linen and a personalized toilet kit.
- More luggage: passengers booking Premium Economy are allowed to check-in two suitcases and have priority both at check-in and when boarding and leaving the aircraft.
Iberia has so far equipped six aircraft with the new seating class, which will soon be available in a total of 37 of its Airbus A330-300s, A340-600s and A350-900s.
This story originally appeared on www.travelagentcentral.com.