Basically, it is an intermediate link between economy class and business class. You pay a little more than for an economy class seat (on average by 20-30%) and in return you get additional amenities and services. The specific set of these amenities and services depends on a given airline. But most of the time it concerns the following parameters:
- The inclination angle of seats is enhanced, seats are set wider apart from each other and they are situated in the front part of economy class cabin;
- The additional selection of free alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and food;
- Raised baggage allowance: for instance, “Transaero” allows its economy premium class passengers to carry 35 kg for free and on transatlantic flights — 2 baggage pieces 32 kg each.
Apart from that — different airlines help in different ways their passengers to have a time of higher quality while waiting for a flight and during the flight itself. For instance, customers of some companies who pay for economy premium class can wait for the flight in the business lounge of the airport (“Transaero”), get on board together with business class passengers (SAS) or be the first ones to get on board of the aircraft (“Delta”).
Seats in aircrafts of the American airline “Delta” are equipped with power sockets and USB-ports, “El Al” provides its economy premium passengers with personal iPads for the duration of the flight, and “Transaero” customers are given portable multimedia players.
Besides, some companies, for instance, “Aeroflot” provide their economy premium customers with the possibility to change flight terms for free and to return tickets with no regard to the amount of hours left before the flight in question.