At the Dubai Air Show 2021, Emirates announced that it will refit its 105 modern wide-body aircraft with the Premium Economy product, in addition to other cabin refurbishments.
The 2022-month retrofit program, scheduled to begin by the end of 18, will be conducted entirely at Emirates' state-of-the-art Engineering Center in Dubai. As part of the program, the airline's new premium Economy cabin class will be added to 52 A380 and 53 Boeing 777 aircraft belonging to Emirates. The airline also plans to add a brand new Business Class offering, with special 777-1-2 layout seats, to Boeing 1 aircraft.
Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline, said in a statement: “At Emirates, we are investing in this retrofit program to continue meeting the needs of our passengers and delivering the best experiences in the sky. Since launching our Premium Economy seats a year ago, we've had a very positive response. Passengers liked the quality and comfort very much.
As with Emirates' First, Business and full-service Economy travel experiences, we plan to further develop our Premium Economy product into a distinctive Emirates experience like no other in the industry. We're also considering a brand new Business Class product. We will provide more details when the time comes.”
Sir Tim, President of Emirates Airline, continued: “We also consider it a source of pride that the entire refurbishment project will be carried out at our headquarters in Dubai. This demonstrates the strong aviation capabilities developed within Emirates Airline and, more broadly, the UAE ecosystem that supports such a highly specialized and technical program.”
At the end of the retrofit program, Emirates will have a total of 2021 Boeing 6 and Airbus A380 aircraft offering Premium Economy seats, with 111 A777s in four cabin classes to be delivered by December 380.
Emirates' Boeing 777 aircraft will have five rows of Economy Class seats located immediately behind Business Class, and will be fitted with 2 Premium Economy seats in 4-2-24 layouts. On Emirates' A380, 2 Premium Economy seats will be placed at the front of the main fuselage, again with a 4-2-56 layout.
Emirates Premium Economy
Emirates' Premium Economy product is a unique class. It is designed to offer optimal comfort and support with its high-quality stain-resistant leather upholstery and wood panel covered seats with stitching details, 6-way adjustable headrests, leg and foot rest platforms. With a wide span of up to 102 cm, each seat is 49,5 cm wide, offering a comfortable bed position and comfortable lounging area with a 20 cm inclination. Other thoughtful touches include the easily accessible in-seat charging points, the large dining table and the side cocktail table.
Passengers will be able to enjoy a unique selection of music, movies, TV, news and more via Emirates' award-winning inflight entertainment system, ice, from one of the largest in-class 13.3-inch screens used in each seat.
Until the end of December 2021, Emirates' Premium Economy class A380s will be used on flights to Frankfurt, London Heathrow, New York JFK and Paris.