United Airlines officially launches new international premium economy cabin for sale

United Airlines officially launches new international premium economy cabin for sale

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United's International Premium Economy CabinUnited

The Chicago-based United Airlines has been launching an international premium economy product for some time, but recently the launch date and price of the product has been officially announced. Finally, at the end of last month, the airline announced that it would offer the product on selected international routes. On 3 December, the tariffs were officially sold.

United's new premium economy cabins, United Premium Plus, are in a unique zone between the traditional international economy and business class. Over the past decade, major airlines have redefined the scope of the international business class by adding more reclining seats and premium service to the passenger cabins. Step by step, this step has reduced the need for international first class – but also widened the gap between economy and business class cabins.

This gap was also reinforced by the consistent reduction of quality to international business cabins. In recent years, many hauliers have been careful to increase the density of the economy cabins, with ten-seat zones and minimum legroom created in some cases. Add a plethora of on-board baggage and in-flight amenities, as well as the emergence of base rates – which often do not allow for seat selection or luggage storage – and many passengers have grown tired of the mainstream international business experience.