Emirates has unveiled its full Premium Economy offering onboard and on ground, and announced it will open the new cabin for sale from 1 June 2022.
The new cabin class will be available to Emirates customers travelling on A380 routes to London, Paris, Sydney from 1 August, and Christchurch from December.
Emirates is the only airline in the region to offer a Premium Economy cabin.
Sir Tim Clark, President at 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.”
Features of the new class include a dedicated airport experience, with passengers gaining access to a dedicated check-in area for Premium Economy at Dubai International airport.
Passengers will also notice an upgrade to the seats and interiors. A wood panel finishing similar to Business Class sets the cabin’s mood, and each seat is designed to provide optimal comfort and support with six-way adjustable headrests.
The cream-coloured leather seats have a pitch of up to 40 inches, are 19.5 inches wide, and recline eight inches into a comfortable cradle position with ample room to stretch out. It also offers calf rests and footrests for additional comfort, and easily accessible in-seat charging points and a side cocktail table.
Customers will find sustainable blankets made from recycled plastic bottles, and a pillow, both designed uniquely for Premium Economy. They can also refresh themselves with the complimentary amenity kits which come in reusable, sustainable bags, and contain items which are all made with some element of recycled or sustainable materials.
The dining experience will incorporate elements inspired by Business Class. Customers will be welcomed onboard with a welcome drink in fine glassware. During meal service, a selection of meals made with seasonal ingredients and regional influences will be served on chinaware, accompanied by stainless steel cutlery wrapped in linen napkin. The drinks menu will include a selection of beverages including premium wines and a sparkling Chandon wine. There are also liqueurs available after meals, with chocolates.
Finally, each seat has a 13.3″ screen, one of the largest in its class, to enjoy the unmatched array of up to 5,000 channels of music, movies, TV, news and other content on Emirates’ ice.
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.