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El Al to Roll Out Economy Class Plus (Premium Economy) in July

El Al is jumping on the Premium Economy bandwagon beginning July 1st when it rolls out its Economy Class Plus cabin on its 747-400 aircraft. The new product, which will be located in rows 5-8 in the front of the aircraft, will offer 4 inches of additional legroom (36″ pitch) and 33% more recline, as well as an amenity kit; business class pillow & blanket; and power ports by the end of the year (welcome to 2006, El Al!)

Here’s the good news: if you have Top Platinum, Platinum or Gold status in their frequent flyer program, you will be upgraded when you purchase a coach ticket. Companions of Top Platinum members will also be upgraded. It also looks like full-fare economy tickets (Y, S and M class) will also be upgraded. Even if you have no status, they’ll sell you an upgrade on a long-haul flight for just $150, which seems like a steal to me (or you could use 300 Matmid points).

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