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BA’s PE was one of the first but is now one of the oldest. For reasons discussed elsewhere, improvements have been few, and newer PE cabins are leapfrogging the older ones and recreating a pre-flatbeds business class. JAL now offers very comfortable PE seats with lounge access, ANZ has relaunched its PE to a positive reception on these forums and, as degreecy says, Quantas’s new PE definitely has the emphasis on the premium. If other Asian carriers and middle eastern carriers follow suit, the we can expect the bar (and the prices) to be raised accordingly. The rear cabin on the top deck of SQ’s A380 seems made for a separate, smaller PE class. In most cases (there are exceptions, eg EVA), there is a significant price difference between economy and PE, so without the comfort of business class flat beds travellers rightly expect a big difference in services.

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