Emirates Reveals Upgraded A380 Aircraft

The leading Gulf carrier has unveiled a premium economy cabin and other enhancements aboard a brand-new version of its superjumbo jet.

Emirates’ new premium economy seats. (All photos courtesy of Emirates)

While most global airlines grounded their fleets of Airbus A380s due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Emirates has not only restarted regular services on its superjumbos, but it has also taken delivery of its latest A380 aircraft, which sport an all-new Premium Economy cabin and refreshed interiors. The Dubai-based carrier is on track to receive five more of the updated superjumbos over 2021 and 2022.

Located at the front of the main deck, Emirates Premium Economy comes with 56 seats in a 2-4-2 cabin layout. Every seat is covered in cream-colored anti-stain leather and features six-way adjustable headrests, calf rests, and footrests, not to mention a 13.3-inch PTV screen, in-seat charging points, plus a wide dining table and side cocktail table with luxury wood finishing. Three dedicated lavatories are available for premium economy customers.

Premium Economy seats feature anti-stain leather and stitching details.

The seats also have dining and cocktail tables with luxury wood finishing.

The first-class cabin has also been enhanced; its 14 suites are slightly wider and have taller doors to offer greater privacy, and the two Shower Spas have also gone through a subtle makeover with upgraded fittings. Over in business class, all 76 seats have retained much of their original features (such as direct aisle access, personal minibars, and full-flat capability), but now sport updated leather covers and wood finishing inspired by executive jets.

Economy-class passengers can expect more comfort as well, thanks to the replacement of all 338 economy seats with ergonomically designed models that build on those currently installed on Emirates’ Boeing 777 Gamechanger aircraft. Each seat now comes with full leather headrests and flexible side panels.

Inside the refreshed A380 Shower Spa, adorned with Ghaf tree motifs.

Upgraded business-class seats feature leather seat covers and new design touches.

Throughout the A380, refreshed cabin interiors feature the ghaf—the national tree of the UAE—as a prominent motif, and a champagne color scheme with wood paneling and bronze accents as seen on Emirates’ Boeing 777 Gamechanger. The same design language has been applied to the A380 Onboard Lounge on the upper deck, which boasts new trims and flooring.

For the moment, the carrier does not plan on selling seats in its brand-new A380 premium economy cabin. Emirates President Sir Tim Clark said in a statement, “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.”

More information here.

The refreshed A380 Onboard Lounge features new trims and flooring.

The economy-class cabin now has a lighter color scheme and new ergonomically designed seats.

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