Emirates Debuts Full Premium Economy Experience

The new cabin class is being rolled out on A380 routes between Dubai and London, Paris, and Sydney.

The dedicated premium economy cabin aboard an Emirates A380. (All photos courtesy of Emirates)

After a successful trial, Emirates has announced that tickets for premium economy seats are going on sale from June 1, 2022. The brand-new cabin class, which offers more legroom, a big upgrade in terms of comfort, and an elevated dining experience, will be available to Emirates passengers traveling on popular A380 routes to London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle, and Sydney from August 1, and Christchurch from December.

Emirates’ premium economy cabin has been done up in a wood-panel finishing similar to business class, and every ergonomically designed seat comes equipped with a six-way adjustable headrest. The cream-colored leather seats have a generous pitch of up to 40 inches, are up to 19.5 inches wide, and recline eight inches into a comfortable cradle position with ample room to stretch out. They also feature calf rests and footrests for extra comfort, as well as easily accessible in-seat charging points and a side cocktail table. There’s also a 13.3-inch screen, one of the largest in its class, so customers can enjoy up to 5,000 channels of music, movies, TV, news, and other content on Emirates’ Ice inflight entertainment system.

Amenity kits are made with recycled and sustainable materials.

Premium economy passengers can expect large pillows and soft, sustainable blankets made from recycled plastic bottles; both have been designed especially for the new cabin class. In addition, complimentary amenity kits come in reusable, sustainable bags, and contain items that are all made with some element of recycled or sustainable materials.

Meanwhile, the dining experience incorporates elements inspired by business class. Customers will be handed a welcome drink in fine glassware after coming on board; during meal services, a selection of regionally influenced dishes made with seasonal ingredients will be served on chinaware, accompanied by stainless steel cutlery wrapped in a linen napkin. The drinks menu will include a selection of beverages including premium wines and a Chandon sparkling wine. There are also liqueurs available after meals, with chocolates.

Premium economy flyers can enjoy generously portioned meals made with seasonal ingredients.

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 section between business and economy. On the ground, customers can look forward to a dedicated check-in area for premium economy at Dubai International Airport, or use one of the many convenient self-service check-in kiosks in the hall to avoid queues.

Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline, said in a statement, “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 program to install Premium Economy on 67 A380s and 53 Boeing 777s. At the end of the program, 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.”

More information here.

An Emirates premium economy check-in counter at Dubai International Airport.

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