Emirates Introduces Premium Economy on A380

Emirates has taken its signature A380 experience to the next level with a new Premium Economy product and enhancements across all cabins.

Dubai-based Emirates has unveiled its new A380 Premium Economy product as part of a series of refinements to its newest A380 aircraft.

The airline recently received its newest A380 aircraft from Airbus’ Hamburg facility, and its remaining order of five 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. The carrier is also considering plans to retrofit its existing A380 fleet.

Rivalling some airlines’ business class product, the highly-anticipated premium economy cabin includes 56 seats in a 2-4-2 cabin layout. With a generous pitch of up to 40-inches, each premium economy seat is 19.5 inches wide and reclines eight inches into a comfortable cradle position with ample room to stretch out.

Emirates has taken its signature A380 experience to the next level with a new Premium Economy product and enhancements across all cabins.

Covered in cream-coloured anti-stain leather with stitching details and a wood panel finishing similar to the airline’s Business Class product, each new Premium Economy seat is designed to provide optimal comfort and support with 6-way adjustable headrests, calf rests, and footrests.

Each seat has a 13.3-inch screen, one of the largest in its class, on which passengers can enjoy an unmatched array of music, movies, TV, news, and other content on Emirates’ award-winning ICE system. Customers will also find thoughtful touches including easily accessible 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 of the A380, with three lavatories dedicated to customers. Emirates will announce details of where its A380 aircraft with Premium Economy will be deployed in the coming weeks.

“Our Premium Economy product was carefully developed in keeping with Emirates’ brand positioning as a full-service airline of the highest quality,” says Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline. “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 has taken its signature A380 experience to the next level with a new Premium Economy product and enhancements across all cabins.

Other enhancements found on the new A380 aircraft include new-look First Class suites, which are now slightly wider, with taller doors for more privacy and comfort. Cabin detail and finishes have also been refreshed with new motifs and colours, 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, recline to a fully-flat position, and offer personal minibars, ample personal storage, and a high degree of privacy.

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

The same classic colour 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.

This latest seat model is a step up from the version currently installed on the airline’s Boeing 777 aircraft. It is lighter, without compromising on comfort or function. Each seat features a classy wood grain finish on tray tables, as well as a 13.3-inch personal screen to enjoy Emirates’ ICE system.

Throughout the Emirates A380 interior, customers will see new finishes and design touches featuring the Ghaf (prosopis cineraria) tree motif, the national tree of the UAE, as well as the clean and airy champagne colour scheme with wood panelling and bronze accents of the 777’s interiors.

“The Emirates A380 is already one of the most sought-after travel experiences in the skies, and now we’ve made it even better,” says Sir Tim. “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.”

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