Emirates vows enhanced flying experience in new class seats

Airline Emirates has announced a major refurbishment programme for 105 of its wide-body jets with a host of cabin enhancements. The 18-month programme, scheduled to begin at the end of 2022, will see 52 Emirates A380s and 53 Boeing 777s fitted with a new cabin class – Premium Economy. The airline is also considering installing a brand new Business Class product on its Boeing 777 aircraft, with customised seats in a 1-2-1 layout.

At the end of the upgrade programme, Emirates will have 111 Boeing 777 and Airbus A380 aircraft offering Premium Economy seats. Five rows of Economy class seats located just behind Business Class will be removed to install 24 Premium Economy seats laid out in 2-4-2 configuration on the 777 aircraft. Some 56 Premium Economy seats will installed at the front of the main deck also in 2-4-2 configuration on the A380.

By end of December, Emirates ‘ A380s with Premium Economy will be operating on the airline’s flights to Frankfurt, London Heathrow, New York JFK and Paris. Emirates ‘ Premium Economy seats promise optimal comfort and support with six-way adjustable headrests, calf rests and footrests. Offering a generous pitch of up to 40-inches, each seat is 19.5 inches wide and reclines eight inches into a comfortable cradle position with ample room to stretch out.

Other touches include easily accessible in-seat charging points, a wide dining table and side cocktail table.

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Sir Tim Clark, president Emirates Airline, said: “Emirates is investing in this retrofit programme to ensure that we continue to serve our customers’ needs, and provide the best experiences in the sky. “Since we introduced our Premium Economy seats a year back, we’ve received a hugely positive response. We intend to further develop our Premium Economy into a distinctive Emirates experience that is unmatched in the industry.

“We are also considering a brand new Business Class product.

More details will be revealed in due course.”

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