KLM launches a new Premium cabin class

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The Dutch airline KLM Royal Dutch Airlines recently announced in a press release a new cabin class: the Premium comfort class. The new Premium Economy cabin will be launched in a few weeks, in July, and travelers on selected routes from the United States will be the first to try it.

The Intermediate cabin will offer more service, space and luxury options compared to regular Economy Class, but will be less expensive than World Business Class. This fare class will have its own cabin and a new type of seat.

The new cabin layout is expected to be rolled out to the entire KLM fleet – Boeing 787 and Boeing 777 – in the coming months by specialists from KLM Engineering & Maintenance at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

Boet Kreiken, Executive Vice President of KLM Customer Experience, said: “We have high expectations for this new Premium Comfort class, based on extensive market research. The new class will meet the wishes of business passengers as well as leisure travellers, reinforcing KLM’s position as a global network carrier offering an attractive and varied range: World Business Class, Premium Comfort and Economy Class.

Kreiken also emphasized the benefits of airline alliances, allowing them to offer similar services: “It also reaffirms our partnership with Delta Air Lines, Air France and Virgin Atlantic on the North Atlantic routes, where we we can now combine all the products on all the routes.”

KLM, headquartered in Amstelveen near Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, is not the only airline to announce new class fares. Southwest also recently added new category fares to provide customers with more options, benefits, more comfortable seating and better services than regular economy seats. It meets the needs of travelers who want more benefits for less money and travel in comfort.

All about the new Premium Comfort class

Premium economy class has been a popular and requested option for travelers over the past few years, especially for longer journeys. KLM joins other popular airlines that have included a mid-tier fare and are now promoting this new travel experience.

Passengers boarding a KLM aircraft

Here are the main features of the new Premium Comfort class:

  • Best seats: The seats were designed by Premium Comfort Class, one of the world’s largest suppliers of aerospace products, and specialists from KLM. These new fare class seats will be wider than standard seats, recline more (up to 8 inches) and include a larger 13.3-inch screen and footrest. Depending on the aircraft, the capacity will vary from 21 to 28 seats for the new cabin class.
  • Restoration: Premium Comfort Class passengers will have more meal, snack and beverage options, including options previously exclusive to World Business Class. On intercontinental flights, KLM will offer one or two hot meals and offer customers meat, fish or vegetarian alternatives. After meals, in addition to coffee and tea, travelers can also choose a liqueur or an ice cream.
  • Reusable materials: The company has also taken care to integrate an eco-responsible approach. All the products used (cutlery, plates and bowls) are reusable or made from recycled PEF.
  • Services: Passengers will enjoy more benefits such as flexible baggage (more carry-on and two checked bags) and SkyPriority privileges. The Premium Comfort class will allow passengers to obtain preferential check-in and boarding. During the flight, in addition to better entertainment, travelers will be provided with noise canceling headphones.

By the end of July, travelers taking the first selected flights including this new class fare will be able to experience the new “distinctive” experience. American travelers to the Netherlands will be among the first to test the new seats and compare them to other airline services.

Now that the Netherlands no longer requires vaccinated travelers to take negative COVID-19 tests upon arrival, more customers can opt for KLM’s new service.

This is great news for passengers who can’t afford first class but want more comfortable seats, the ability to include more luggage and better service overall.

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KLM has 167 global routes this summer, with 12 direct flights from the US

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