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Class rating 8.5


  • Boarding 9.1
  • Seat for sitting 8.0
  • Seat for sleeping 5.8
  • Service 9.6
  • Entertainment 8.2
  • Food & drink 9.2
  • Punctuality 8.8
  • Baggage 9.0
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To read the Seatplans Guide to premium economy, click here.

Premium Economy has undergone a radical redesign beginning with Boeing 777-300ER aircraft that were introduced into the fleet from April 2011.

The cabin on these aircraft feature the new Spaceseats (below), which have a 1-2-1 layout that will appeal both to couple and solo travellers. Seats are fixed shell design so that no-one can invade your space and they have 10.6-inch TV screens. The design allows travellers to slot tables together to have a business meeting or to eat together. There are also bean bag-style footrests.

Premium Economy food has been completely revamped and includes a tapas sharing menu.

On older aircraft, Pacific Premium Economy seats have a 38-40" seat pitch and a nine-inch seat recline, 50% more than Economy, plus a full leg rest and foot bar. There is access to in-seat power and re-styled on-board washrooms featuring Pacifica skincare products.

ANZ has been unable to fit the Spaceseats on its Boeing 787s due to the aircraft not being wide enough. Instead, a redesigned but conventional Premium Economy seat has been fitted. This has a 41-inch pitch, with a nine-inch recline. Seats are 19 inches wide and are separated by a five-inch armrest. They come with an 11-inch personal TV, premium headphones, USB socket and reading light.

Wondering which is the best seat to choose?

You need to look at the seatplans we have on this site (click the "Seat planstab above).

Alternatively, click the tab above "Tried & Testedto read several in-depth reviews of flying premium written by the editorial staff of Business Traveller magazine, or "User Reviews" to read unedited reviewes written by flyers such as yourself.

And once you've flown, come back and rate your flight - the best reviews win prizes - see the home page of this website to see previous winning reviews and the latest reviews posted this week.

Premium Economy

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RonnieMoore flew Air New Zealand Premium Economy, on a B777-300ER

I agree with other comments about convenient separate check-in, friendliness, helpfulness, separate cabin, entertainment system, delicious food and good wine. Advance purchase fares are very well priced - however just a warning - my itinerary was from Melbourne to LAX and there seems no way to book MEL - AKL in Premium Economy, only the AKL - LAX is booked in PE. You... more




LeonieKing flew Air New Zealand Premium Economy, on a B777-300ER

Checking in at Los Angeles Air NZ Premium Economy counter was amazing! After a two minute wait in the queue, we were greeted by a smiling face and a very efficient checking in process, which was a welcome relief after suffering through United Airlines check in procedures earlier in the day! As Premium Economy ticket holders, we bypassed the queue for the passport... more




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