Long-haul airline Emirates is expanding its premium economy service on flights between London and Dubai from August 1, it has been announced. It has pledged to provide luxurious seats, more legroom, and facilities “rivalling business class” of other carriers
The upgraded travel option will be available on Airbus A380 superjumbo jets and will also serve Paris and Sydney, followed by the New Zealand city of Christchurch from December. Six of the double deck aircraft have premium economy but this will be extended from November, while it will also be extended to Boeing 777s.
The leather seats have a pitch of up to 40 inches, are 19.5 inches wide, and recline into a cradle position. Each seat has a 13.3 inch screen offering up to 5,000 channels of music, movies, TV, news and other in-flight content.
Sir Tim Clark, president Emirates airline, said: “As with everything we do, Emirates Premium Economy will be exceptional in its class, with minute attention given to every aspect of the customer experience. Customers trading up from Economy will be getting excellent value.
“Since we first introduced our Premium Economy seats in January 2021, the positive response and demand has been tremendous. We currently have six A380s equipped with this cabin class, which limits our initial deployment, but our intention is to offer this experience to many more markets across our network.
“This November, we will begin our retrofit programme to install Premium Economy on 67 A380s and 53 Boeing 777s. At the end of the programme, Emirates will have 126 aircraft fitted out with Premium Economy cabins, as well as our latest interiors across other cabins. It is a major investment to ensure our customers continue to have the best experience in the sky.”
On a four-class Emirates A380, the Premium Economy cabin is located at the front of the main deck with 56 seats laid out in 2-4-2 configuration. On the Emirates Boeing 777, up to 24 Premium Economy seats will be installed in a dedicated cabin section between Business and Economy.
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