As of now the details are limited, though Wandering Aramean is reporting on an internal United memo regarding the introduction of a true international premium economy product. It looks like United’s new premium economy product will be called Premium Plus, and it will be introduced later this year. Here’s all we know so far:
Introducing United® Premium Plus
International premium economy is coming.
Later this year, we’ll begin to introduce United’s Premium Plus. Available on select international flights, United® Premium Plus will give you more space, comfort and amenities. The seats will be more spacious and you’ll enjoy upgraded dining on china dinnerware, free alcoholic beverages, a Saks Fifth Avenue blanket and pillow, an amenity kit and more.
— Edward Russell (@e_russell) January 18, 2018
United was one of the first airlines to introduce extra legroom economy seating throughout their fleet with Economy Plus, though they’re lagging behind American and Delta when it comes to premium economy.
American first revealed the details of their premium economy in 2015, and they’ve been retrofitting planes at a spectacularly fast pace. By this summer all of the planes they plan on reconfiguring should feature premium economy. Meanwhile Delta announced premium economy in late 2016, and so far only has premium economy on the A350, so they’re a ways behind American when it comes to installation.
We’ll have to wait for all the official details from United regarding Premium Plus, though I do have to wonder with what kind of a timeline they plan to install this product. They’ve been doing an abysmal job rolling out their new business class product, so who knows what kind of a timeline we’re looking at here.
Based on what we know so far, it looks like this product will be comparable to what American and Delta offer.
What do you make of United introducing premium economy?