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Emirates introduces Premium Economy


DUBAI, 4 January 2021: Emirates is taking its signature A380 experience to the next level with the unveiling of a brand new Premium Economy cabin product across all cabins onboard its newest A380 aircraft.

Emirates Airline president Sir Tim Clark said: “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 in offering our customers the best possible experience.”

The airline received its newest A380 aircraft from Airbus’ Hamburg facility last week, 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. Emirates is considering plans to retrofit its existing A380 fleet.

Commenting on Emirates’ premium economy cabins, Clark said: “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.”

The premium economy cabin will offer 56 seats in a 2-4-2 cabin layout.

With a pitch of up to 40-inches, the seat is 19.5 inches wide and reclines 8 inches into a comfortable cradle position. Emirates Premium Economy is located at the front of the main deck.

First Class

On the latest Emirates A380, the airline’s 14 First Class private suites are now slightly wider with taller doors, for even 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.

Business Class

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-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 use of First and Business Class passengers.


Emirates has replaced all 338 economy seats on 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. The latest seat model is a step up from the version currently installed on Emirates’ Boeing 777 aircraft. It is lighter, without compromising on comfort or function. Each seat features a wood grain finish on tray tables, as well as a 13.3″ personal screen.

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