AviationWhen most airlines are bidding the A380 goodbye, Emirates is giving its new superjumbo aircraft a complete upgrade.

More bells and whistles for Emirates' A380

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Passengers will enjoy a free upgrade to Emirates premium economy until theres "a viable number of seats in our inventory to bring to market," says Tim Clark, president Emirates Airline.
Passengers will enjoy a free upgrade to Emirates premium economy until theres "a viable number of seats in our inventory to bring to market," says Tim Clark, president Emirates Airline.

At a time when the Airbus A380 is becoming a dying breed among most airlines, Emirates is flying against conventions by unveiling a massive overhaul to its flagship superjumbo aircraft that sees the addition of a premium economy class and enhancements across all cabin types. 

The Middle Eastern carrier's flagship A380 aircraft now offers a new premium economy option for passengers seeking more room. Spread in a 2-4-2 cabin layout, the 56 seats are 19.5 inches wide each, and reclines eight inches into a comfortable cradle position. Anti-stain leather, a wood panel finishing similar to business class, side cocktail table in addition to a wide dining table, six-way adjustable headrests, calf rests and footrests complete the package.

In the business class, all 76 seats have been refreshed and now feature champagne-coloured leather covers and wood finishing, while the 14 first class private suites are now wider with taller doors for more privacy and comfort. Enhancements have also been made to the shower spa and onboard lounge area.

Economy passengers aren't left out — all 338 seats have been replaced with ergonomically designed seats that come with full leather headrests and flexible side panels which can be adjusted vertically for optimum support.

Another design touch is the Ghaf tree motif, an indigenous evergreen plant widely considered as the national tree of the United Arab Emirates.

"While others cut back, Emirates is working hard to restore the products and services that we’ve had to suspend or adjust due to pandemic precautions, and introduce new offerings and enhancements. True to our fly better promise, Emirates continues to invest to offer our customers the best possible experience," said Tim Clark, president, Emirates Airline.

Emirates received its newest A380 aircraft from Airbus’ Hamburg facility last week, and select passengers flying from Dubai to London on 4 January became the first to experience Emirates' latest A380 upgrades. 

The airline is expected to receive its remaining order of five A380s with premium economy cabins over this and next year. These new premium economy cabins will be installed on select Boeing 777X aircraft, which will only join the fleet in 2023.

"Until we have a viable number of seats in our inventory to bring to market, we plan to offer the Emirates Premium Economy experience as a complimentary upgrade to valued customers. We’ll also deploy our newest A380 aircraft on various routes so that our customers can experience our latest offering in all classes.”

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