Lufthansa Premium Economy in the Airbus A330-300 to Dubai
We have been looking for a destination for our annual holiday for a long time. Bali and Washington D.C. were on the list. Due to the better availability of Miles & More award flights, we finally decided on the United Arab Emirates. You can read about our flight in the Lufthansa Premium Economy in the Airbus A330 to Dubai in our review.
After our connecting flight from Leipzig, in a Bombardier CRJ-1000 (operated by Air Nostrum), and a longer walk from Terminal 1A to 1B, we went to the Lufthansa Senator Lounge B (Lounge Review). Our one-hour stay went by quickly with a warm lunch and a Moscow Mule. A quarter of an hour before boarding we packed our things and went to our departure gate B33.
Arriving at gate B33, a bus gate, there was a certain chaos. The waiting area was much too small for the number of passengers. We fought our way with our son to the boarding pass control and were allowed to pass it immediately. After we had folded up our buggy, we went down to the bus. After a further 5 minutes of waiting, we finally departed. The Lufthansa Airbus A330-300 (registration D-AIKO) was located at apron position V166.
Lufthansa Premium Economy in the Airbus A330-300 – Cabin
As we were almost the first ones on board, I was able to explore and photograph the Lufthansa Premium Economy in the Airbus A330.
The cabin in Lufthansa Premium Economy started with row 15 and was located behind the small Business Class compartment. In the Premium Economy four rows of seats were installed in a 2-3-2 configuration. Each row therefore had one seat less than in economy class. So there were 28 seats in the Premium Economy, which were only separated from the Economy Class by an inconspicuous sign.
Lufthansa Premium Economy in the Airbus A330-300 – Seat
We sat down in the middle on seats 16D to E. On the grey fabric seat there was already a blanket, a pillow, simple headphones and a small amenity kit. I found the seat very comfortable. It was very well upholstered and much wider than an economy class seat. The seat pitch was about 97 centimeters, large enough that I could cross my legs without any problems. The headrest was adjustable and the wide central armrests offered each passenger sufficient comfort and space. The backrest could be tilted very far back (tilt angle approx. 130°). When the backrest was adjusted, the seat also moved forward, which slightly increases comfort.
Each seat had its own power socket and USB port. The 110V socket was located in the lower part of the armrest and the USB port was built into the monitor. In the middle armrest there was also the table, which was not foldable as usual, but made of one piece and very stable. You can really work on it or eat it.
Lufthansa Premium Economy in the Airbus A330-300 – Service
At each seat of the Lufthansa Premium Ecomomy there was a bottle of still water and a small amenity kit when boarding. This contained a toothbrush, sleeping mask, earplugs, a refreshing towel and a pair of basic grey socks.
After the boarding was completed a welcome drink was served. An orange juice with mint was poured into a plain plastic cup. An alternative was not offered, but the juice was really delicious.
After the start there was first a round of drinks, this time also alcohol, before lunch was served. In Lufthansa Premium Economy we had the same choice as in Economy Class. As a starter we got a salad of the season with sun-dried tomato strips and an Italian dressing. For the main course we had the choice between beef strips in sweet and sour sauce on Orzo Risoni with diced vegetables or yellow penne in wild garlic sauce. I chose the beef strips and was very satisfied with my choice. For dessert there was a crème brûlée with almond croquant, at least according to the menu. It was delicious, but the structure was more like vanilla pudding! For the meal I chose a German Riesling, this time in a glass, and a water.
About 80 minutes before landing a second service was performed. There was a choice between a slice of grey bread with cheese, as they are served on the short trip, or a wrap with pastrami. I took the wrap, which was fine.
Our son got a (pre-ordered) children’s meal at both times. At this point we would like to give a big thank you to the flight attendants, who brought him the food individually between the two service rounds.
To sum up, the service during the flight was very attentive. There was no shortage of drinks. However, I found it a pity that the cabin light was dimmed for most of the journey and it was therefore very dark in the cabin for a day flight.
Lufthansa Premium Economy in the Airbus A330-300 – Entertainment
The personal entertainment monitor in the backrest of the front seat was about 12 inches large. It can be operated either via the remote control or the touch screen. In the Premium Economy, Lufthansa has the same selection of films, series, music and games as in all other classes. I personally found the offer absolutely adequate.
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Review of Lufthansa Premium Economy in the Airbus A330-300
Anyone who has so far only flown Economy Class on long-haul flights will be delighted with the Premium Economy. The seats are very well upholstered and very comfortable due to the high angle of inclination. If you want to sleep well on a night flight, you should prefer the more expensive Business Class. In my opinion, there is still room for improvement when it comes to food. Here a difference, apart from the porcelain tableware, to the Economy Class would be a great upgrade!