How does American Airlines' new premium economy stack up to the competition?

FOX NEWS -- Last week, American Airlines announced it would be unveiling a new seat class category that international fliers have been enjoying for years--premium economy.

With roomier seats than traditional economy class but fewer amenities than business class, premium economy helps give fliers on a budget more options on long-haul flights.

"Business class has become so nice that people want to pay for something more comfortable but they can't afford business class," Seth Kaplan, managing partner for the trade publication Airline Weekly, told the Los Angeles Times.

When it unveils premium economy seats on international wide-body planes in late 2016, American will offer a total of six seat class categories throughout its entire fleet--the most of any U.S. carrier.

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