Emirates Airline has announced a plan to modernize the passenger cabins of 105 of its aircraft to incorporate the Premium Economy product as well as other improvements, which will begin to be implemented by the end of 2022 and will last for 18 months.
Of this total, 52 aircraft will be Airbus A380s and 53 Boeing 777s (a new business class with a 1-2-1 configuration is also being considered for the latter).
The changes will be made at the Emirates Engineering Center in Dubai and will involve, of the 777s, the removal of five rows of Economy Class seats behind the business to introduce 24 Premium Economy seats in a 2-4-2 configuration, while on the A380. , 56 Premium Economy seats will be installed in the front part of the main deck, also in 2-4-2 configuration.
By December of this year, Emirates A380s with Premium Economy will operate flights to Frankfurt, London-Heathrow, New York-JFK and Paris. These planes (six in total) are the ones that already ship directly with the new product, not the ones that will undergo the upgrade.
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â€œEmirates is investing in the refurbishment program to ensure that we continue to meet the needs of our customers and deliver the best experiences in the sky. Since the launch of our Premium Economy seats a year ago, we have received extremely positive feedback. Customers have been impressed with the quality and comfort, â€said Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline, adding that they want their Premium Economy product to become as distinctive and unique in the industry as their other products, which , as we saw at the Emirates booth at the Dubai Airshow, already seems to be happening.
The seats are covered in stain resistant leather with stitching and a wood finish. They have six positions for the head, legs and footrests. Row spacing is 40 inches (101 centimeters) and the width of each seat is 19.5 inches (50 centimeters). They have charging ports and 13.3-inch screens.
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