Emirates Announces Extension of Premium Economy Network

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LONDON – Dubai-based carrier Emirates announced today (September 1st) that they will be debuting their retrofitted A380s on five new routes starting on December first.

The airline will be offering its recently launched premium economy on the retrofitted A380s, which will start serving flights to New York (JFK), Singapore, San Francisco, Melbourne, and Auckland.

Emirates is arguably one of the best airlines in the world. With travel demand being the highest it’s been in over 2 years, Emirates are ready to raise the bar on premium air travel once again.

Starting in March 2022, Emirates offered daily flights to Amsterdam, Paris, and Sydney with their retrofitted A380s, hereby introducing their Premium Economy product to the market.

According to Emirates, customer response to the new product has been overwhelmingly positive, with demand exceeding expectations.

Emirates offers 58 seats in Premium Economy, in a 2-4-2 Layout, spread out at the front of the lower deck. The seats feature cocktail tables, a generous seat recline, pitch, and width, as well as their renowned Inflight entertainment, ice.

Starting in November, the airline is kicking off its retrofitting program. Investing in this multi-billion-dollar program will ensure the passenger’s comfort in the air. The airline will be retrofitting 67 Airbus A380 and 53 Boeing 777 aircraft, rolling out one aircraft into service every 16 days.

Emirates retrofitted Airbus A380 aircraft will be operating routes as follows:

  • DXB-JFK-DXB: EK203 and EK204 from December 1st, 2023
  • DXB-AKL-DXB: EK448 and EK449 from January 15th, 2023
  • DXB-MEL-DXB: EK406 and EK407 from February 1st, 2023
  • DXB-SFO-DXB: EK225 and EK226 from February 15th, 2023
  • DXB-SIN-DXB: EK354 and EK355 from March 1st, 2023

As Emirates is rolling out its Premium Economy cabin on new routes, it’ll also increase frequencies on its existing routes as follows:

  • From December 15th, Sydney will see Premium Economy offered on all their flights, with the introduction of retrofitted aircraft on EK414 and EK415
  • From January 1st, Emirates will offer a third daily flight to London Heathrow with Premium Economy on Board, operated by EK005 and EK006
  • From March 15th, the airline will be adding a second flight with their retrofitted aircraft to New York JFK, operating as EK201 and EK202

As Emirates is continuing to add A380s back to service, the carrier is seen extending its premium cabin offering by retrofitting dozens of aircraft. With that, Emirates once again optimizes its network and feeds the demand for Premium Economy.

Emirates will be operating over 75% of its A380 fleet by the end of the year, with the aircraft type set to be operating a total of 42 routes by the end of March 2023.

The extension of their network will see 85 A380s back in the sky, operating to destinations that saw the A380 Service Pre-pandemic, such as Houston, Bengaluru, Perth, and Hong Kong.

Emirates is continuously increasing its network, as demand is rising to pre-pandemic levels. The airline continues to add services to popular destinations as demand rises.

This increase in Premium Economy routes offered by Emirates is not surprising.

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