United to add premium economy on international routes | News

United Airlines chief executive Oscar Munoz has said the company will introduce a premium economy product this year on international routes.

Branded United Premium Plus, the new cabin will give passengers more space, comfort and amenities.

Munoz said: “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.”

To be rolled-out on “select international flights” later in the year, the routes are still to be confirmed.

The carrier has been somewhat slow to move into this space.

American Airlines and Delta Air Lines are both in the process of rolling-out their own premium economy cabins on international widebody aircraft.

American offers the product on its Boeing 787-9s and is currently installing it on its Airbus A330-200s, Boeing 777s, and 787-8s.

Delta debuted its premium economy cabin on the Airbus A350-900 in October last year.

The Atlanta-based carrier also plans to install it on other wide-body aircraft in the near future.

United first mooted installing a premium economy cabin at an investor day in November 2016.

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