Continental Airlines will start rolling out its premium economy product, Economy Plus, from tomorrow (19 November), offering four inches of extra legroom in the forward rows of the Economy cabin.
The first aircraft, a Boeing 767-400, will also feature new flat-bed seats in BusinessFirst and new touch-screen seat-back monitors in Economy. Seats in both cabins will also feature power outlets.
“The merger of United and Continental is a unique opportunity to build an airline with leading products and services that customers value and are willing to pay for,” said Jim Compton, Executive Vice President & Chief Revenue Officer of United Continental Holdings. “United’s customers who sit in Economy Plus consistently tell us they are more satisfied with their travel experiences, and we are excited to expand this option to more customers of the new United.”
United introduced Economy Plus in 1999. When the company fully deploys Economy Plus on Continental and Q400 regional aircraft, the new United’s fleet will include more than 40,000 Economy Plus seats.
The expansion of Economy Plus to Continental aircraft comes as the company continues with plans to invest more than US$550 million to upgrade its aircraft interiors, including new flat-bed seats in premium cabins and improved in-flight entertainment options.