Emirates Gains 3 Awards For Premium Economy & Inflight Services

View of Emirates Premium Economy cabin
Photo Credit: Emirates

Emirates continues to be a leader in inflight experiences, recently taking home top honors at two prestigious aviation award ceremonies.

At the 2024 Pax International Magazine Awards in Hamburg, Germany, Emirates was crowned the winner of ‘Best Inflight Entertainment and Connectivity Middle East’.

This particular award was for its impressive combination of cutting-edge Wi-Fi and an extensive entertainment library.

The airline then followed this up with wins for ‘Best-Inflight Entertainment’ and ‘Best Premium Economy’ at the AirlineRatings.com Airline Excellence Awards.

Uninterrupted Connectivity at 30,000 Feet

Emirates has consistently been at the forefront of inflight Wi-Fi advancements, as one of the first airlines to offer connectivity back in 1993.  

The airline was also a pioneer in launching an inflight mobile phone service in 2007. The UAE carrier’s commitment to innovation is evident in its investment of over US$300 million in connectivity solutions.

Passengers in all travel classes can enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi access after signing up for the Emirates Skywards loyalty program.

Skywards members receive free internet in Business and First Class, while Silver, Gold, and Platinum tiers get complimentary Wi-Fi in Economy and Premium Economy. Basic tier members can still enjoy free app messaging in these classes.

This year, with the introduction of 50 new Airbus A350s, Emirates will further elevate the inflight experience by offering passengers high-speed broadband powered by Inmarsat’s GX Aviation.

These aircraft will be the first in the Emirates fleet to leverage Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) satellite network, ensuring seamless global connectivity, even on polar routes.

ice: A World of Entertainment

Emirates ice provides passengers with unparalleled inflight entertainment, boasting a library of over 6,500 channels with fresh content added monthly.

Passengers can curate their watchlist beforehand by browsing and pre-selecting movies or TV shows on the Emirates app, which then syncs seamlessly to ice upon boarding.

The extensive ice library offers something for everyone, including:

  • A vast selection of over 2,000 Hollywood blockbusters and international films, featuring the latest Academy Award® winners.
  • Hundreds of complete TV series and box sets, encompassing popular shows from leading streaming platforms like Paramount+ (launched in April), HBO Max, Discovery+, BBC, and more.
  • Over 200 captivating documentaries and popular TV docu-series.
  • A dedicated collection of over 150 Arabic movies and TV shows, including Emirati productions.
  • A rich selection of more than 300 Bollywood and South Asian movies and TV shows in 13 languages.
  • Global cinema representing over 50 languages, featuring more than 600 international movies from Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
  • Over 300 movies with closed captions and 140 with audio descriptions, ensuring accessibility for visually impaired passengers.
  • A music library boasting over 3,500 albums and curated playlists.
  • Five live TV channels, including three news channels and two dedicated to live sports.
  • Over 250 engaging kids and family channels, featuring a wide variety of content for pre-schoolers.
  • Programming focused on happiness, well-being, and self-development from brands like LinkedIn Learning and Mindvalley.
  • Podcasts and audiobooks, including Emirates World, a channel dedicated to highlighting Dubai and featuring global thought leaders.
Interior of Emirates Premium Economy cabin.
Photo Credit: Emirates

Premium Economy: A Comfort Revolution

Emirates Premium Economy is a recently introduced cabin class that rivals Business Class on many airlines. It boasts a range of passenger comforts, including:

  • Spacious leather seats with a generous pitch of up to 40 inches and a width of 19.5 inches.
  • A comfortable recline of 8 inches, allowing passengers to stretch out and relax.
  • Calf rests and footrests for enhanced leg comfort.
  • A 6-way adjustable headrest for personalized support.
  • Convenient in-seat charging points and a side cocktail table.
  • A large 13.3-inch TV screen, one of the biggest in its class.

Passengers can settle in with sustainable blankets made from recycled plastic bottles and a generously sized pillow.

Complimentary amenity kits and a welcome drink served in fine glassware further elevate the travel experience.

Mealtimes are a delight, featuring a selection of delicious dishes prepared with seasonal ingredients and regional influences, served on chinaware with stainless steel cutlery wrapped in linen napkins.

Currently available on 15 routes, including London Heathrow, Sydney, Melbourne, and Dubai, Emirates Premium Economy is poised to redefine comfort and service in the skies.

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