6 MAY 2019
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More legroom, better food, bigger entertainment screens and extra check-in luggage allowances are among upgraded facilities being promised by Emirates as it moves to introduce a Premium Economy class next year.
The airline has so far not offered the fourth-cabin option but according to president Sir Tim Clark is now expected to take the step initially with the Airbus A380 fleet and then with its Boeing B777-300ERs.
Sir Tim was discussing the plan at this year’s Arabian Travel Market in Dubai, saying he and his team were assisting actively in the design of the new class to make it as unique as possible to Emirates and set it apart from rival offerings.
This included using digital tools to set the look of the new cabin and working with Airbus and Boeing on furnishing materials including what cloths, wood grains and textures might be used.
The CEO was not specific on fare levels but said Emirates’ Premium Economy fares would be “well below” Business Class rates.
Differences between the two would include “lounge recliners” in Premium Economy rather than the lie-flat beds in Business Class, while Business would retain an enhanced food and drink menu.
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