22 NOVEMBER 2021
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Emirates has confirmed it will be extending Premium Economy to most of its long-haul fleet. Rival Qatar Airways still holds back saying that its Economy cabin is as good as most airlines’ premium version.
Emirates first unveiled its Premium Economy seat in late 2020, featuring up to 40 inches of seat pitch, 19.5 inches of seat width, eight inches of recline, and a 13.3-inch IFE screen. It was installed on only a few A380s to gain passenger reaction including the London route.
Premium Economy will be retrofitted to 53 Boeing 777s and a further 52 A380s with the project starting at the end of 2022. Prospective travellers (or their bookers) should check carefully on the Emirates website to establish if Premium Economy is available for their journey. Routes include Frankfurt, Heathrow, New York JFK and Paris CDG.
On the Boeing 777s the 24 seats will be installed in the next cabin behind Business Class and configured 2+4+2, while on the A380 the 56 seats will be located on the lower deck front cabin and again configured 2+4+2.
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