The growing popularity of the premium economy cabin continues as Air France has decided that the time has come to roll out “Premium Voyageur” on their widebodies. Upon first glance, it looks like a strong entry.  

Premium Voyageur just sounds fancy, right? I mean, without that last “u” in there, it’s just plain, old “Premium Voyager,” and that would have been boring. Of course I’m kidding. I don’t care what you call it as long as the product is good.

They’ve gone with a shell seat that will apparently recline into itself (up to 123 degrees). The seat is about an inch or two wider than average - about 19 inches - and the armrests are wider so you don’t have to fight your neighbor. A 38 inch seat pitch seems to be about standard for premium economy. (Note: I’m talking about a real premium economy class and not United’s Economy Plus.) Some amenities come from business (now branded Affaires) class. You get a little travel kit when you fly, and you’ll get a bottle of water, noise-reducing headphones, and a better pillow and blanket. The food, however, is strictly coach class.

As you would probably hope, the benefit isn’t just on the aircraft. You get priority check-in at the airport, priority baggage delivery, and all that other fun stuff that comes with being a premium traveler.


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Be careful....Air France/Flying Blue just called and cancelled out Premier Voyage seats 3 months after we booked them for a trip to Paris....all they offered was to push us back to economy class for the same cost of the Premier seats!!!!!! Take it or leave it!! I have never had an airline treat me this way after thousands of flights all over the world. Caveat Emptor with these guys.

Well, I've booked it and I'm anxious to find an alternative to Business Class fares for my large frame. I haven't found any reviews, so I'm anxious to be a guinea pig!

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