December 29 2020  |  Airline & Terminal News

Video Clip: Emirates unveils Premium Economy Cabin in A380

By Rick Lundstrom

Emirates today unveiled its Premium Economy cabin product, together with enhancements and a refreshed look across all cabins onboard its newest A380 aircraft.

“The Emirates A380 is already one of the most sought-after travel experiences in the skies, and now we’ve made it even better,” said Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline, in today’s announcement. “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.”

The airline received its newest A380 aircraft from Airbus’ Hamburg facility last week, and its remaining order of five A380s will also be delivered with Premium Economy cabins over 2021 and 2022. Emirates’ Premium Economy seats will also be installed on some of its 777X aircraft which are due to join the fleet in 2023. Emirates is considering plans to retrofit its existing A380 fleet.

“Our Premium Economy product was carefully developed in keeping with Emirates’ brand positioning as a full-service airline of the highest quality,” Clark added. “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.”

Emirates will announce details of where its A380 aircraft with Premium Economy will be deployed in the coming weeks.

The Premium Economy cabin of the A380 has 56 seats in a 2-4-2 cabin layout with a seat pitch of up to 40-inches. The seat is is 19.5 inches wide, and reclines eight inches into a cradle position. Covered in cream-colored anti-stain leather with stitching details and a wood panel finishing similar to Business Class, each seat is designed to provide optimal comfort and support with six-way adjustable headrests, calf rests and footrests. Each seat has a 13.3-inch screen. There are easily accessible in-seat charging points, a wide dining table and side cocktail table. Emirates selected the PL3530 from Recaro Aircraft Seating for the cabin.

Detailed stitching and anti-stain features are part of the new Premium Economy seat on Emirates

Emirates Premium Economy is located at the front of the main deck, with three lavatories.

On this latest Emirates A380, the airline’s 14 First Class private suites have been enhanced from the original suites, being slightly wider with taller doors, for even more privacy and comfort.

Cabin detail and finishes have also been refreshed with new motifs and colors, from the sweeping stairs that lead from the main deck to the upper deck, to refreshed design trims and modern fittings in the Shower Spa.

Emirates has retained its A380 Business Class seats which offer direct aisle access for every passenger, reclines to a fully-flat position, and offers personal mini bars, ample personal storage and a high degree of privacy.

All 76 seats have been refreshed to feature champagne-colored leather covers and wood finishing, inspired by executive jets, similar to the Business Class on Emirates’ 777 Gamechanger aircraft.

The same color scheme has also been applied to the Onboard Lounge at the back of the upper deck, for the exclusive use of First and Business Class passengers.

Emirates has replaced all 338 Economy seats onboard its newest A380 with ergonomically designed seats that come with full leather headrests and flexible side panels which can be adjusted vertically for optimum support.

This latest seat model is a step up from the version currently installed on Emirates’ 777 Gamechanger aircraft. It is lighter and features a wood grain finish on tray tables, as well as a 13.3” personal screen.

Throughout the Emirates A380 interior, passengers will see new finishes and design touches featuring the ghaf (prosopis cineraria) tree motif, as well as the clean and airy champagne color scheme with wood paneling and bronze accents from Emirates’ latest Boeing 777 Gamechanger interiors.

An indigenous evergreen plant, the Ghaf is considered the national tree of the United Arab Emirates, and has deep cultural and ecological significance.

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