Lufthansa Premium Economy in the Airbus A330-300 to Dubai
For a long time we have been looking for a destination for our annual holiday. Bali and Washington D.C. were on the list. Due to the better availability of Miles & More award flights, we finally chose the United Arab Emirates. You can read in our review how our flight in the Lufthansa Premium Economy in the Airbus A330 to Dubai was.
After our feeder flight from Leipzig, in a Bombardier CRJ-1000 (performed by Air Nostrum), a longer walk from Terminal 1A to 1B, we went to the Lufthansa Senator Lounge B (Lounge Review). Our one-hour stay passed 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 through with our son to the boarding pass control and were allowed to pass it immediately. After we had folded our buggy, we went down to the bus. After another 5 minutes waiting time the bus finally started. The Lufthansa Airbus A330-300 (registration D-AIKO) stood on the apron position V166.
Lufthansa Premium Economy in the Airbus A330-300 - Cabin
Since we were almost the first on board, I could still extensively check and photograph the Lufthansa Premium Economy in the Airbus A330.
The cabin in the Lufthansa Premium Economy started with row 15 and was thus 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 thus had one seat less than the 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 the 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 padded and much wider than a seat in economy class. The distance between the seats was about 97 centimeters, so I could cross my legs without any problems. The headrest was adjustable and the wide centre armrests offered enough comfort and space for every passenger. The backrest could be tilted very far back (angle of inclination approx. 130°). When adjusting the backrest, the seat also moved forward, which increases comfort slightly.
Each seat had its own power and USB port. The 110V socket was 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 as usual foldable, but made of one piece and very stable. You can work or eat on it really well.
Lufthansa Premium Economy in der Airbus A330-300 – Service
Each seat of the Lufthansa Premium Ecomomy was equipped with a bottle of still water and a small amenity kit. This included a toothbrush, sleep mask, earplugs, a refreshing towel and a pair of simple grey socks.
After the boarding we had a welcome drink. An orange juice with mint was served in a 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 the Lufthansa Premium Economy we had the same choice as in the 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-sour sauce on Orzo Risoni with vegetable cubes or yellow Penne in bear's garlic sauce. I chose the beef strips and was very satisfied with my choice. For dessert, there was a crème brûlée with almond brittle, at least according to the menu. It was delicious, but its structure was more like a vanilla pudding! For dinner I chose a German Riesling, this time in a glass, and a water.
About 80 minutes before the landing a second service was performed. There was the choice between a grey bread slice with cheese, as served on the short haul, or a wrap with pastrami. I took the wrap, which was fine.
Our son received a (pre-ordered) children's meal with both meals. At this point we would like to give a very big compliment to the flight attendants, who brought him the food individually between the two service rounds.
In summary, it can be said that the service was very attentive during the flight. There was no shortage of drinks. However, I found it a pity that the cabin light dimmed almost the entire flight time and therefore it was very dark for a day flight in the cabin.
Lufthansa Premium Economy in der Airbus A330-300 – Entertainment
The personal Entertainment Monitor in the backrest of the front seat was about 12 inches tall. It can be operated either via the remote control or the touch screen. In Premium Economy, Lufthansa has the same selection of movies, series, music and Games as in all other classes. I personally found the offer absolutely sufficient.
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Review of the Lufthansa Premium Economy in the Airbus A330-300
Anyone who has only flown Economy Class on long-haul flights so far will be thrilled by 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 dining. Apart from the porcelain tableware, an upgrade to Economy Class would be great!