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Emirates launches new Premium Economy product, refreshes other cabins

Emirates has unveiled its long-anticipated new premium economy product alongside enhancements and a refreshed look across all cabins on its newest A380 aircraft.

The new premium economy product, set to launch on select routes next year, offers 56 seats in a 2-4-2 layout with a pitch (distance from seatback to seatback) of “up to” 40-inches and width of 19.5 inches. By way of comparison, economy passengers get 32-34 inches of pitch and an 18-inch wide seat.

These specs place the product in a similar league to competitors (for example, Qantas offers a width of “up to” 22.8 inches and 38 inches of pitch).

The new seats also sport an 8-inch recline, 13.3 inch screen, power charging points, a foldable cocktail / dining table, adjustable headrests, calf rests and footrests.

Emirates received its newest A380 aircraft fitted with premium economy last week, and its remaining order of five A380s will be delivered with this cabin over 2021 and 2022.

Premium Economy seats will also be installed on some of Emirates’ Boeing 777X aircraft which are due to join the fleet in 2023. Emirates says it’s also considering plans to retrofit its existing A380 fleet.

The airline will announce details of where its A380 aircraft with premium economy will be deployed in the coming weeks. However, it’s not expected that PE tickets will go on sale until more aircraft are received – until then, VIP customers in economy will be offered a complimentary upgrade.

Enhancements to other cabins

Emirates has also unveiled a refreshed look in other cabins.

In business class, Emirates has retained the familiar 1-2-1 layout with lie-flat seats that offer direct aisle access for every passenger. The design has been refreshed to a more modern look with champagne-coloured leather covers and wood finishing.

First class also sees a fresh new look …

…as does economy.

The onboard bar for the enjoyment of business and first class guests also showcases a stylish upgrade.

While Emirates previously alluded to the possibility that existing A380 aircraft may be retrofitted with the new cabin designs, unfortunately at this stage there are no plans to do so.

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