Air India has become the first Indian carrier to offer the choice of four cabin classes – first, business, premium economy, and economy. The airline has launched premium economy on select routes. 

Air India’s premium economy class will be initially available to customers travelling on select routes operated by its fleet of Boeing 777-200LR aircraft: Bengaluru-San Francisco; Mumbai-San Francisco; and Mumbai-New York. 

Campbell Wilson, CEO & MD, Air India, said: “The popularity of premium economy has grown among travellers around the world, as people are increasingly opting for upgraded, yet affordable flying experiences. We are delighted to introduce a distinctive pemium economy experience for our customers on select flights for now, with a plan to extend it to many more routes soon, as we rapidly expand and modernise our fleet. This is another step forward in our sincere, ongoing effort to transform Air India into a modern, global carrier of world-class products and service standards.” 

Air India’s premium economy offers an exclusive travel experience designed for customers who do not mind paying a reasonable premium over economy class fares to fly in style and enjoy a lot more space, comfort and convenience. 

Premium economy customers will be able to check in at dedicated counters and have priority tags affixed to their check-in baggage, and also be among the first to be invited to board the aircraft.

Air India’s Boeing 777-200LR aircraft features 48 leather-upholstered, memory foam seats that have 19 inches of width, 38 inches of pitch, and 5 inches of recline with adjustable leg rest and footrest, and winged headrests. The seats provide extra legroom for customers to stretch out during flight, enabling customers to rest or work in comfort. 

Its premium economy customers receive a complimentary, elegant TUMI amenity kit (specially designed for Air India) consisting of a pair of flight socks, an eye mask, MALIN+GOETZ lip moisturizer, and a pen, in addition to carpet slippers. Customers also receive noise-cancelling headphones for use during flight to complement the experience of Air India’s In-flight Entertainment (IFE) system.