Emirates’ new premium economy cabin, available between Dubai and Melbourne and part of the airline’s multi-million dollar retrofit program, has seen significant local demand since launch – and we’re not surprised! From plush cream leather seats and a five-star dining experience to the generous baggage allowance, it sounds lavish.
The introduction of premium economy between these destinations is part of a global push by Emirates in which almost 4000 premium economy seats will be installed in aircrafts by 2025. Meanwhile, the introduction of the new cabins to and from Melbourne means the airline now offers three daily services from Australia, including two services from Sydney.
Emirates’ divisional vice president of Australasia, Barry Brown, said this was an exciting period for the company in Australia, with Melbourne and Sydney sitting at the forefront of Emirates’ biggest investment in cabin redesign to date: “We have a strong commitment to Australia as one of our most important markets on our global network,” he said.
Premium economy: The facts
- On a four-class Emirates A380, flying from Melbourne or Sydney, the premium economy cabin is located at the front of the main deck with 56 seats laid out in a 2-4-2 configuration
- Each 50cm wide seat is designed to provide optimal comfort and support, with six-way adjustable headrests, a footrest and a generous recline
- Each seat has a 30cm screen (one of the largest in its class), plus in-seat charging points and a walnut wood-finished side cocktail table.
- The décor is inspired by Emirates’ private jet service, with cream-coloured leather and a wood panel finishing, similar to business class.