Onboard its newest A380 aircraft, Emirates has showcased a brand-new Premium Economy cabin product, as well as upgrades and a revamped design across all cabins.

The airline has already received its newest A380 aircraft from Airbus’ Hamburg facility, and the remainder of its order of five A380s with premium economy cabins will be delivered in 2021 and 2022.

Emirates’ premium economy seats will also be fitted on some of its Boeing 777X aircraft, which aren’t expected to enter service until 2023. The airline has also revealed its ambitions to upgrade its current A380 fleet.

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 to offer our customers the best possible experience.”

In a 2-4-2 cabin layout, the new Premium Economy cabin has 56 seats. The premium economy seat is 19.5 inches wide and reclines 8 inches into a comfortable cradle position with plenty of room to stretch out, with a pitch of up to 40 inches. Each seat is designed to give ideal comfort and support with six-way adjustable headrests, calf rests, and footrests, and is covered in cream-colored anti-stain leather with stitching accents and a wood panel finishing comparable to Business Class.

Each seat features a 13.3-inch screen, one of the largest in its class, to enjoy Emirates’ inflight entertainment system ice’s unrivalled selection of music, movies, TV, news, and other material.

Other amenities include in-seat charging stations, a large dining table, and a side cocktail table. The Emirates Premium Economy cabin is positioned near the front of the main deck, with three separate lavatories for passengers.

Clark had this to say about Emirates’ premium economy cabins: “Our Premium Economy product was carefully developed in keeping with Emirates’ brand positioning as a full-service airline of the highest quality. 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.”

In the following weeks, Emirates will reveal where its A380 aircraft with Premium Economy will be deployed.

Onboard its newest A380 aircraft, the airline has also added upgrades and a revamped design to all cabins. The airline’s 14 First Class private rooms have been upgraded from their previous versions, with slightly larger doors and taller doors for increased privacy and comfort.

Emirates has kept its popular A380 Business Class seats, which provide direct aisle access for all passengers, recline to a totally flat position, have personal minibars, adequate personal storage, and a high level of privacy.

All 76 seats have been updated with champagne-colored leather covers and wood finishesing inspired by executive planes, similar to Emirates’ Boeing 777 Gamechanger aircraft’s Business Class.

The Onboard Lounge, located at the back of the upper deck and reserved exclusively for First and Business Class guests, has the same classic colour scheme.

All 338 Economy seats onboard Emirates’ newest A380 have been replaced with ergonomically designed seats with complete leather headrests and flexible side panels that can be adjusted vertically for optimum support.

This new seat model is a step up from the one that is currently on Emirates’ Boeing 777 Gamechanger. It’s lighter without sacrificing comfort or functionality. Tray tables have a sophisticated wood grain finish, and each seat has a 13.3-inch personal screen with the airline’s IFE system.

The latest edition of Emirates’ ice inflight entertainment system is available in all passenger classes, providing better and superior image quality. Each in-seat screen will include ultra-wide viewing angles, capacitive touch, LED backlighting, and a full HD display.

– India’s new age travel digital media


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