After experiencing a range of classes of travel on various airlines it is now time for my Lufthansa Premium Economy review. I’ve already experienced the Air France version of this travel class but this was going to be a little bit special since it would be the Lufthansa Premium Economy A380 style!
What is Premium Economy?
For the unaware it is probably best to explain exactly what is premium economy. It is a class of travel comfort which is between economy class and business class. Relatively ideal for long haul flights you gain the advantage of more legroom, comfy seats and some extra luxuries which you wouldn’t find in economy. Airline tickets cost a little bit more and it is a matter of personal preference as to whether you should pay more for the extra comfort you get in the economy vs premium economy debate.
I’d already experienced economy with Lufthansa earlier that day on a short haul flight from the UK to Frankfurt. It maybe a little difficult for me to make a fair comparison since I took an emergency exit seat on this flight so had more legroom anyway.
Premium Economy Lufthansa style
My connecting flight was going to be long haul, 10+ hours to Asia so I’d be giving this experience a good trial. I was already onto a good start once I realised that I’d be flying on the jumbo jet which is the A380, that is one heck of a large aircraft. There was even a unique boarding tunnel (jet bridge) for those of us in premium economy who had the front portion of the lower deck of the plane. I could literally see the cockpit door from my seat.
Seating was arranged in a 2-4-2 formation so I was glad that I was on the left side on a row of 2. Much as I prefer a window seat in Business Class, when it comes to any form of economy class flying I tend to opt for aisle seats just in case nature calls.
On taking my seat I was instantly impressed, there certainly felt to be ample leg room. I’m just short of 6 ft tall and had plenty of room to stretch out plus there was a moveable footrest attached to the bottom of the seat in front.
The seat I was in was pleasantly comfortable.
It came with a typically flat airline flight pillow which often strikes me as a token gesture. As a result I always bring my own special neck pillow which prevents me from getting neck ache.
I was sat in that same seat for more than 10 hours and can honestly say I didn’t suffer any side effects. Compare that to the 14 hour+ flight I took on Air France Premium Economy where I ended up with a numb bum.
There was a moveable headrest at the top of the premium economy seats and the elbow room was impressive. Certainly no arm disputes with my neighbour on this journey.
On arriving at my seat there was already a bottle of water stowed ready for consumption. It did however feel a little bit like the Business Class treatment as I was soon served a complimentary juice as a pre-flight drink.
Lufthansa Premium Economy also came with an amenity kit. Nothing in the league of Business or First Class but certainly something to be thankful for. The pack included a toothbrush, toothpaste, socks, blindfold, earplugs and a refreshing towel.
The entertainment system was in built to the seat in front. As a result I had the benefit of a much bigger screen than I am used to on Business Class with Delta.
There was quite a decent range of films and programmes. I liked the way the touch screen allows you to apply filters so I could only see films which were broadcast in English.
I was even more impressed how they also offered live TV on a sport channel. There I was taking off with Lufthansa whilst watching a live EPL match. Such a shame that the safety video interrupted my viewing and I missed two goals!
Headphones were handed out but I must admit that I didn’t like the look of them. They looked flimsy and cheap without any indication of blocking out external noise. As a result I relied on my favourite ear phones which have great sound quality and good noise isolation.
The premium economy Lufthansa menu was very limited to say the least. There were only 2 options for dinner.
I opted for the chicken dish (why do I always go for chicken?) which was tastier than it looked. The crème brulee for dessert was divine.
With such a long flight I had to attempt some sleep. I do have to be honest with you in that I have flown every class of travel, including First Class and know that there are no guarantees that I will sleep on a plane. I just haven’t mastered the art of it.
In this instance I tried and probably slept for half as long as I would have wished for. I can’t really blame the aircraft though, more myself. The seat reclined by a generous proportion and was relatively comfortable to be in. The footrest in front was sufficient distance away to stretch out. I did find the blanket a little bit short but I was warm enough.
Overall I found the Lufthansa Premium Economy experience to be a positive one. The seat and legroom felt more comfortable than I remember it being with Air France. There were nice touches like the pre-flight drink and the TV screen with live feeds was better than I’ve experienced on some Business Class flights. I would say it was a very positive experience and I look forward to trying it again on the way home.