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Emirate unveils new Premium Economy and other enhancements on its newest A380

By Aaron Yip - on 5 Jan 2021, 9:20pm

Emirate unveils new Premium Economy and other enhancements on its newest A380

Image: Emirates

The Covid-19 pandemic might have crippled air travel and in many cases, airlines as well. While airlines have understandably cut back on their fleet growth, some like Emirates Airline, have taken the opportunity in travel downtime to update their cabin experience and introduce new offerings and enhancements. The Dubai-based airline is taking its signature A380 experience to the next level with the unveiling of a brand new Premium Economy cabin product, together with enhancements and a refreshed look across all cabins onboard its newest A380 aircraft.

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 Boeing 777X aircraft which are only due to join the fleet in 2023.

Emirates is considering plans to retrofit its existing A380 fleet. It will also announce details of where its A380 aircraft with Premium Economy will be deployed in the coming weeks.

Here's are some photos of the Premium Economy class on their newest A380 aircraft:

Image: Emirates

Image: Emirates

According to Emirates, this A380 will have 56 Premium Economy seats in a 2-4-2 cabin layout. Each seat comes with a generous pitch of up to 40-inches, is 19.5-inch wide, and reclines 8-inch into a comfortable, if I may add) cradle position with ample room to stretch out. The seats are also covered in cream-coloured anti-stain leather with stitching details and a wood panel finishing similar to Business Class, and is designed to provide optimal comfort and support with 6-way adjustable headrests, calf rests and footrests.

For my money, that's certainly a lot swankier than Singapore Airline's Premium Economy.

Each seat has a 13.3-inch screen, and other thoughtful touches including easily accessible in-seat charging points, a wide dining table and side cocktail table. For aviation fans, Emirates Premium Economy (on the A380) is located at the front of the main deck, with two lavatories dedicated to passengers.

First and Business Class cabins have also gotten a make-over. First Class private suites, for instance, are now slightly wider with taller doors, for even more privacy and comfort.

Image: Emirates

Image: Emirates

All 76 Business Class seats have been refreshed to feature champagne-coloured leather covers and wood finishing that are inspired by executive jets. The same classic colour 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.