What You Should Know About Emirates’ Upcoming Premium Economy Class

These seats will debut on its latest Airbus A380 aircraft come 2020.

Emirates  will debut its premium economy class on its latest Airbus A380 aircraft.

After hinting at the addition of a premium economy class two years back, Emirates has finally revealed more details regarding these all-new seats.

Come 2020, the Dubai-based airline will debut its premium economy class on its latest Airbus A380 aircraft, as well as its Boeing 777-300ER fleet.

As the first major airline to launch basic business-class fare, Emirates hopes to entice its economy-class passengers to make the upgrade—after 35 years of offering only first-class, business class, and economy.

HAECO seats.

Ahead of this accouncement, speculation has been rift that the new Eclipse seat design from HAECO will be used for Emirates’ premium economy class, as the seat maker had said that it will launch “an as yet unnamed Middle East-based airline… begining flying with the seats in 2020.”

Behind each of these seats is a fixed shell, which strategically prevents the passenger in front from reclining into your personal space.

The Eclipse seat design from HAECO.

Emirates president Tim Clark said that the premium economy cabin on its Airbus A380 will be a dedicated cabin that’s located at the front of the lower deck with “as many as 56 seats.”

Meanwhile, the two-class A380 (sans first class), will feature the same number of premium economy seats on the upper deck.

As for Emirates’ Boeing 777 jets, a smaller, dedicated premium economy cabin will offer around 26-28 seats.

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