Update: I completed the return journey on Condor Airbus A330-900 neo from FRA (Frankfurt) to PDX (Portland, OR) earlier this week. Given the somewhat cramped feeling I experienced in regular economy during my PDX to FRA flight in late August, I considered upgrading to a Premium Economy seat for my trip back home. The night before when I checked in online there was an offer to upgrade to Premium economy for $199 euro. I hesitated to take the initial offer, and thought I would check the next morning. I arrived at the airport early and was able to check my bag and go through security with no delays.
After lunch I made my way to gate B48 around 1.5 hours before departure. The gate area was very crowded as people needed to wait in a separate line to have their passport verified. I got in a different line to talk to a gate agent behind about 15 people and asked about the premium economy upgrade. Yes, they have some premium seat upgrades available for $99 euro but commented there were no window seats, only an aisle and middle seats. I said I would take the aisle seat which I preferred after they showed me the seat location which was on the left end in the middle four seats. The agent also mentioned that no one was seated next to me at the time.
The credit card machine had run out of paper so they couldn't process my payment or give me the new boarding pass. One agent went in search of a paper roll while I stepped aside waiting nervously while they took care of many other people. Finally they got the card machine printing and I was given my new boarding pass for seat 17D.
Wow, what a difference being in Premium economy with more leg room making for a less claustrophobic experience . It was a pretty full flight and during the boarding process I was hoping no one would sit next to me as Condor allows upgrading your seat after boarding. Luckily no one showed up and the other bonus is the 2 persons in front of me did not recline their seats back during the entire flight. I felt like I won the seat lottery.
There are 64 Premium economy seats compared to the 216 regular economy seats and one benefit is our section had 2-3 dedicated attendants for quicker drink and meal service. We had a bottle of water on each seat back and got the usual pretzels with our drinks, no extra charge for alcohol drinks.
Our premium meal was better than the 1 choice of the mac n cheese in regular economy. Premium economy had a starter of Corn chicken breast, red pesto, garden salad. Main course had 2 options, either herbed chicken fillet, Mediterranean grilled vegetables and polenta or Italian gnocchi, tomatoes, sauteed spinach leaves, with mozzarella cheese. Desert was Bavarian cream with raspberry sauce. Bread roll with butter and cheese. After the meal and several drink rounds, the flight attendants became sparse that appears to be the new norm. We did get some Ben and Jerry's ice cream hours later and a final warm meal before we landed.
Going forward if I fly a nonstop 10 hour Condor flight again, I will have to get in Premium economy. I will also look at the Delta premium economy for future long haul flights.