Emirates unveils its premium economy and A380 enhancements

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December 29, 2020
Emirates

Emirates has unveiled its new premium economy and other A380 cabin enhancements with the delivery of its latest superjumbo.

Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline said that “the Emirates A380 is already one of the most sought-after travel experiences in the skies, and now we’ve made it even better. While others cut back, Emirates is working hard to restore the products and services that we’ve had to suspend or adjust due to pandemic precautions and introduce new offerings and enhancements. True to our fly better promise, Emirates continues to invest to offer our customers the best possible experience.”

Emirates received its newest A380 aircraft from Airbus’ Hamburg facility last week, and its remaining order of 5 A380s will also be delivered with premium economy cabins over 2021 and 2022. Emirates’ premium economy seats will also be installed on some of its Boeing 777X aircraft which are only due to join the fleet in 2023. Emirates says it is considering plans to retrofit its existing A380 fleet.

Commenting on Emirates’ premium economy cabins, Sir Tim said: “Our Premium Economy product was carefully developed in keeping with Emirates’ brand positioning as a full-service airline of the highest quality. Our First, Business and Economy experiences reset industry standards when they were introduced, and we are confident that our Premium Economy will also make its mark as a distinct premium offering. Until we have a viable number of seats in our inventory to bring to market, we plan to offer the Emirates Premium Economy experience as a complimentary upgrade to valued customers. We’ll also deploy our newest A380 aircraft on various routes so that our customers can experience our latest offering in all classes.”

Emirates says it will announce details of where its A380 aircraft with Premium Economy will be deployed in the coming weeks.

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Emirates premium economy cabin offers 56 seats in a 2-4-2 cabin layout.

With a pitch of up to 40-inches, Emirates’ premium economy seat is 19.5 inches wide and reclines 8 inches into a comfortable cradle position with ample room to stretch out. Covered in cream-colored anti-stain leather with stitching details and a wood panel finishing similar to Business Class, each seat is designed to provide optimal comfort and support with 6-way adjustable headrests, calf rests, and footrests.

Each seat has a 13.3″ screen, one of the largest in its class.

Passengers also get in-seat charging points, a wide dining table, and a side cocktail table.

Emirates Premium Economy is located at the front of the main deck, with 2 lavatories dedicated to customers.

Watch the video to see more of Emirates’ Premium Economy seat.

On this latest Emirates A380, the airline’s 14 First Class private suites have been enhanced from the original suites, being slightly wider with taller doors, for even more privacy and comfort.

Cabin detail and finishes have also been refreshed with new motifs and colors, from the sweeping stairs that lead from the main deck to the upper deck, to refreshed design trims and modern fittings in the Shower Spa.

Emirates has retained its popular A380 Business Class seats which offer direct aisle access for every passenger, reclines to a fully-flat position, and offers personal minibars, ample personal storage, and a high degree of privacy.

All 76 seats have been refreshed to feature champagne-colored leather covers and wood finishing, inspired by executive jets, similar to the Business Class on Emirates’ Boeing 777 aircraft.

The same classic color scheme has also been applied to the Onboard Lounge at the back of the upper deck, for the exclusive use of First and Business Class passengers.

Emirates has also replaced all 338 Economy seats onboard its newest A380 with ergonomically designed seats that come with full leather headrests and flexible side panels which can be adjusted vertically for optimum support.

Each seat features a classy wood grain finish on tray tables, as well as a 13.3″ personal screen to enjoy Emirates’ award-winning ice.

Throughout the Emirates A380 interior, customers will see new finishes and design touches featuring the Ghaf tree motif, as well as the clean and airy champagne color scheme with wood paneling and bronze accents from Emirates’ latest Boeing 777 interiors.