Emirates doubles its Melbourne Premium Economy service

Interior of Emirates Premium Economy cabin.
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Emirates now offers two Premium Economy services from Melbourne, alongside two from Sydney, placing Australia at the forefront of the airline’s multi-billion dollar aircraft retrofit programme.

Emirates will introduce an additional Premium Economy service between Melbourne and Dubai, available from the 1 February 2024 on EK408 and EK409.

Emirates’ Premium Economy Growth

This development comes on the heels of the successful launch of Emirates’ Premium Economy service from Melbourne in April 2023, with the debut on daily EK406 and EK407 services.

Now boasting close to 800 weekly Premium Economy seats between Melbourne and its Dubai hub, Emirates is reinforcing its commitment to providing unparalleled travel options.

A Class Apart

The Premium Economy cabin by Emirates promises a peerless experience, redefining industry standards.

Adorned with plush cream leather seats, elegant wood veneer, a generous baggage allowance, and an exquisite dining experience, this cabin stands out. The dedicated Cabin Crew adds a personalized touch to the journey, making it truly exceptional.

Since the introduction of Premium Economy tickets in Sydney in August 2022 and Melbourne in April 2023, the response has been phenomenal.

Surpassing expectations, over 90,000 passengers have chosen this cabin class, with load factors consistently exceeding 80%. Barry Brown, Divisional Vice President Australasia at Emirates, expresses enthusiasm about offering Australians more choices and premium products.


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An Emirates A380 in flight.
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Multi-Million Dollar Retrofit Program

Emirates’ commitment extends beyond introducing Premium Economy to Melbourne; it’s part of a multi-million dollar retrofit program.

A total of 126 aircraft, including 67 A380s and 53 Boeing 777s, will feature Premium Economy cabins. Currently, 22 A380s flying across the network already boast this upgraded cabin.

For passengers on a four-class Emirates A380 flying from Melbourne or Sydney, the Premium Economy cabin takes pride of place at the front of the main deck.

With 56 seats in a 2-4-2 configuration, each 19.5-inch seat provides optimal comfort and support, featuring 6-way adjustable headrests, a footrest, and a generous recline.

Onboard amenities include a 13.3-inch screen, in-seat charging points, and a walnut wood-finished side cocktail table.

The décor mirrors Emirates’ private jet service, with cream-colored leather and wood panel finishing akin to Business Class.

Dining Experience

The Premium Economy dining experience is nothing short of a culinary symphony. A welcome drink in fine glassware, seasonal ingredient-based meals on Royal Doulton china tableware with stainless-steel cutlery.

An extended beverage list, including vintage wines from Emirates’ Business Class, raises the stakes with the in-flight dining experience.

Premium Comforts and Access

Boarding and disembarking reach new heights with the Premium Economy cabin. Located at the front of the lower deck on the flagship A380, passengers enjoy a superior boarding and exit experience, surpassing even Business and First Class.

Complimentary amenity kits, sustainably made blankets and pillows, and greater bathroom access further enhance the journey.


This additional service to Melbourne furthers Emirates’ commitment to Australia. In recent times, the airline has expanded its operations, introducing more services and upgrading existing ones.

Emirates currently operates 63 weekly services to Australia, affirming its dedication to providing extensive access to its route network.

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