• Joe Breitfeller

Emirates Unveils Brand New Premium Economy Cabin and Other Enhancements on Newest A380

The carrier has unveiled the new Premium Economy cabin and other enhancements onboard their newest Airbus A380 aircraft, which was delivered from Hamburg last week. The airline’s five remaining A380s on order will also feature the new cabin product.

Emirates Flagship Airbus A380 - Courtesy Emirates

On Tuesday (December 29, 2020), Emirates unveiled the brand new cabin on their newest Airbus A380 which includes a new Premium Economy cabin along with numerous other enhancements and a refreshed look. The carrier’s newest A380 was delivered from Hamburg last week and the airline’s remaining five A380s on order will be fitted with the new cabin. Emirates will receive their final five flagship super jumbos between 2021 and 2022. Emirates’ new Premium Economy seats will also be featured on the airline’s Boeing 777X airplanes, due for delivery from 2023 and the company is considering retrofitting their existing A380 fleet.

In Tuesday’s announcement, Emirates’ President, Sir Tim Clark, said,

“The Emirates A380 is already one of the most sought-after travel experiences in the skies, and now we’ve made it even better. 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.

“Our Premium Economy product was carefully developed in keeping with Emirates’ brand positioning as a full-service airline of the highest quality. 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’ new Premium Economy cabin offers 56 seats in a 2-4-2 configuration. The new seats have a generous pitch of up to 40 inches, are 19.5 inches wide and recline eight inches in a comfortable cradle position. The luxurious seats are covered in cream colored anti-stain leather with stitching details and a wood panel finishing similar to Business Class. Additionally, the seats feature 6-way adjustable headrests, calf rests, footrests, a 13.3” IFE screen, in-seat charging points, a wide dining table and side cocktail table. new Premium Economy cabin is located on main deck forward and has three dedicated lavatories for guest convenience.

First Class on the newest A380 flagship offers more privacy and luxury with 14 wider and taller private suites. Cabin details and finishes have also been refreshed with new motifs and colors, from the sweeping staircase leading to the upper deck, to new design trim and fittings in the Shower Spa. The aircraft retains Emirates’ popular lie-flat Business Class seats featuring personal mini bars, ample storage and a high degree of privacy. All 76 seats have been refreshed with champagne colored leather covers and wood finishing, inspired by executive jets. The Onboard Lounge, for exclusive use by First and Business Class guests, also features the same classic color scheme.

Emirates has also replaced all 338 Economy seats with ergonomically designed seats featuring full leather headrests and adjustable side panels for optimum support. The seats also feature a classy wood grain finish on tray tables and 13.3” IFE screens. Guests onboard Emirates’ new A380 will also notice new finishes and design touches including the Ghaf tree (prosopsis cineraria) motif and a clean and airy champagne color scheme with wood paneling and bronze accents. The Ghaf tree is an evergreen which is considered the national tree of the United Arab Emirates and holds deep cultural and ecological significance.

Source: Emirates