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United Airlines to Roll Out Upgraded Economy Seats With Free Amenities on International Flights This Year

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Free drinks and amenity kits are some of the features coming to United’s premium economy later this year.

Talia Avakian
January 19, 2018

United Airlines will be rolling out a new premium economy class that will treat passengers to free perks that include alcohol and high-end amenity kits later this year.

The new economy class, which will be called Premium Plus and will be available on select international flights in the airline’s network, will feature upgraded china dinnerware, free booze for passengers, Saks Fifth Avenue blankets and pillows, and amenity kits stuffed with goodies.

While airline representatives have yet to release details on what timing and pricing will look like for the new premium economy, guests can expect more seat space.

Premium economy seats tend to resemble the reclining seats you would find in most domestic U.S. carriers’ first class cabins, with upgraded food and beverage services to match.

With the change, passengers can also likely expect wider seats, a feature that’s common across other U.S. carriers like American Airlines, whose premium economy seats have a width of 19 inches in comparison to the typical width of 16 to 17 inches.

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Both Delta’s and American Airlines’ premium economy seats also provide passengers with up to four inches of extra legroom. Both airlines introducd the offerings on long haul aircraft last year.

While premium economy has been a popular feature across European airlines for years, United’s move to begin offering the new cabin class will put it in league with its U.S. competitors.

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