Emirates will install its new premium economy product in 105 of its 777 and A380 aircraft in addition to other cabin enhancements.
The 18-month retrofit program, scheduled to begin at the end of 2022, will be entirely conducted at Emirates’ Engineering Centre in Dubai.
Emirates said that 52 of its A380s and 53 777 will be fitted with the new cabin class.
The airline also announced that it is also considering installing a brand new Business Class product on its Boeing 777 aircraft, with customized seats in a 1-2-1 layout.
Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline, said the airline “is investing in this retrofit programme to ensure that we continue to serve our customers’ needs, and provide the best experiences in the sky.
“Since we introduced our Premium Economy seats a year back, we’ve received a hugely positive response. Customers have been amazed by the quality and comfort.
“As Emirates has done with our signature First, Business and full-service Economy travel experiences, we intend to further develop our Premium Economy into a distinctive Emirates experience that is unmatched in the industry.
Mr Clark added that “we are also considering a brand new Business Class product. More details will be revealed in due course.”
At the end of the retrofit program, Emirates will have a total of 111 Boeing 777 and Airbus A380 aircraft offering premium economy seats, including the 6 A380s that would have been delivered to the airline with four cabin classes by December 2021.
On the Emirates Boeing 777, 5 rows of economy class seats located just behind Business Class will be removed to install 24 premium economy seats laid out in 2-4-2 configuration.
On the Emirates A380, 56 Premium Economy seats will be installed at the front of the main deck also in 2-4-2 configuration.
Emirates’ Premium Economy has been designed to a very high specification with 6-way adjustable headrests, calf rests, and footrests, and a seat pitch of up to 40-inches, each seat is 19.5 inches wide and reclines 8 inches into a comfortable cradle position with ample room to stretch out.