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Emirates today announced plans to operate its upgraded A380 aircraft, which will feature the latest Premium Economy Class cabins, to five new cities, starting in December. The five cities are: New York (JF Kennedy), San Francisco, Melbourne, Auckland and Singapore. The airline will also add more “premium tourist” seats on its flights to London Heathrow and Sydney with the introduction of its upgraded cabins to its scheduled services.
Emirates aims to give customers more opportunities to experience the Premium Economy Class cabin, which has been highly praised by customers. Its latest rollout plans will also include returning 85 A380s to the skies by December to meet demand for travel during the year-end holiday season.
Emirates will operate its A380s, which will be upgraded and equipped with a Premium Economy Class cabin, to New York JFK, San Francisco, Melbourne, Auckland and Singapore as follows:
Emirates will operate EK 203/204 to New York with its modified A380 aircraft, from 1 December.
Emirates will launch its Economy First Class cabin to Auckland for the first time on flight EK448/449, from 15 January 2023.
With effect from 1 February 2023, Melbourne will become the second Australian destination served by Emirates Airline with an A380 equipped with a Premium Economy Class cabin, on flight EK 406/407.
San Francisco will be the second US destination served by the Emirates A380, with modern interior design, on EK 225/226, effective February 15, 2023.
– Singapore welcomes for the first time Emirates A380 aircraft equipped with Premium Economy Class, from 1 March 2023, on flight EK 354/355.
Emirates will also update its flight schedules to London Heathrow, Sydney and New York JFK with its modified A380 aircraft on the following flights:
Effective from 15 December 2022, Sydney will become the first city on the Emirates network to offer premium Economy Class seats on all flights, with the introduction of modified aircraft for flight EK414/415.
From 1 January 2023, London Heathrow Airport will receive its third daily service with premium economy class aircraft, on flight EK005/006.
With effect from 15 March 2023, Emirates will operate an A380 aircraft equipped with a Premium Economy Class cabin to serve a second flight to New York, Hay F Kennedy “EK201/202”.
Emirates will also launch its Premium Economy Class A380 service for the first time to Christchurch from 26 March 2022, as an extension of flight EK 412/413 from Dubai to Sydney.
Expansion of the A380. Operating area
With demand for travel the strongest for more than two years, Emirates will provide customers with more choice and a better experience as it increases its A380 services to 42 destinations by the end of March 2023. In parallel, it is expanding its network to meet demand and enhancing its existing schedules to more than 400 weekly departures from Dubai with the A380, providing 460,000 seats by March 2023, including 81,000 seats in luxury cabins, providing customers with greater comfort.
By the end of this year, Emirates will operate around a third of its network with A380 aircraft, whose number operating in the fleet will reach 85 aircraft, with the launch of the giant to more destinations, such as Houston, Bengaluru, Perth, Auckland , Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur, in addition to other cities to be announced in the coming weeks. With the expansion of the list of cities, Emirates will have restored 75% of the A380 network before the pandemic. The airline will also improve existing services to major cities, increasing the flexibility and stability of its operations.
Increase the level of premium travel
First launched on the airline’s flights to London Heathrow, Paris and Sydney, Emirates Premium Economy Class has been admired and received by customers as demand exceeded expectations, indicating its appeal and the willingness of travelers to experience luxury and tranquility with high privacy .
The Premium Economy Class cabin on Emirates A380 four-class aircraft is located at the front of the main deck and has 56 seats in a 2-4-2 arrangement. In the cabin, there is plenty of seating for both work and relaxation, as well as functions and features such as charging points and a side cocktail table. The experience is complemented by coordinated in-flight amenities, an innovative menu and an extensive selection of premium beverages.
The Emirates A380 experience continues to be very popular with passengers thanks to its spacious and comfortable cabins and its distinctive products that provide the best in-flight experiences, such as the air lounge, first class suites, shower spas and business class seats that convert at full flat beds. The A380 experience is complemented by award-winning hospitality, regional culinary innovations and the award-winning onboard ice infotainment system, which offers more than 5,000 channels of on-demand video and audio at your fingertips.
Emirates Airlines recently announced plans to start its fleet modernization program and invest billions of dollars to ensure its customers continue to have the best in-flight experience. From November, work will begin at Emirates Engineering’s facilities to retrofit the cabins of 67 Airbus A380s and 53 Boeing 777s, with an aircraft upgrade completed every 16 days. By 2025, nearly 4,000 Premium Tourist seats will have been installed, 728 First Class suites refurbished and more than 5,000 Business Class seats upgraded with a new style and design.
Emirates is the world’s largest operator of the A380 with a fleet of 118 double-decker aircraft. The Emirates A380 fleet in operation has, since the start of its relaunch in 2020, logged more than 31,000 flights around the world, carrying more than 10 million passengers.
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