March 1 2021  |  Airline & Terminal News

Emirates offers seat purchase options for privacy

By Rick Lundstrom

Emirates' Economy Class passengers can now have the ability to purchase up to three empty adjoining seats on their flight.

These seats will be offered to all Economy Class passengers holding a confirmed booking. Empty seats purchases will only be offered for purchase at the airport check-in counter before flight departure, and costs range from AED200 to AED600 (US$55 to US$165) per empty seat, plus applicable taxes depending on flight sector.

Emirates has introduced this new seat product after getting feedback from passengers seeking extra privacy and space while still flying in Economy Class. Examples include couples who wish to have the entire row to themselves (maximum of three seats in same row), parents traveling with in-lap infants, or those who simply want the added assurance of more space while traveling during pandemic times.

In addition to the new empty seats option, Emirates currently offers a variety of seat products for Economy Class customers to choose their favorite seat based on their travel needs:

  • Extra legroom seats: exit row seats offering additional space but subject to safety requirements;
  • Twin seats: seats in a row of two at the back of Emirates' 777 aircraft, and on the upper deck of Emirates' two-class A380 aircraft;
  • Preferred seats: seats in the first section of the cabin and on the upper deck of A380 two class;
  • Regular seats: all other Economy seats.

The seats, available via Emirates.com, Emirates contact centers, at airport check-in, onboard, and through travel agent partners, are offered for free or at a charge, depending on the customer's Emirates Skywards membership tier, fare type, time to departure, and other special needs.

Emirates has also introduced discounts on excess baggage rates, to help passengers flying on essential trips take home what they need most.

The discounts range from 35 percent up to 60 percent off normal fares depending on sector and must be pre-booked and pre-paid up to four hours prior to flight departure via emirates.com, through contact centers or at an Emirates sales office.

The airline provides the latest information on its COVID-19 information hub, including entry requirements, travel restrictions and all its initiatives for customer wellbeing.

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