Premium economy cabins becoming the norm for overseas carriers

U.S. airlines with overseas routes appear in no hurry to offer the sort of "premium economy" cabin that Virgin Atlantic Airways calls its "most profitable product." Virgin, British Airways, All Nippon Airways and Qantas Airways are among the international carriers touting extra room, better meals and other perks for thousands of dollars less than the cost of a business-class ticket. The airlines say premium economy seats are selling especially well as corporate travel departments look to cut costs.

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