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As one of the leading airlines in the Middle East, Emirates Airlines continues to introduce innovations in its bid to elevate every aspect of the passenger experience. With the launch of the Emirates premium economy class, passengers trading up from the economy can enjoy the much-awaited service now.  


Here’s all you need to know about Emirates premium economy class, the airline’s latest bid in elevating the level of comfort and relaxation of its passengers.

What is a premium economy class?

The premium economy class, also known as ‘elite economy class’ or ‘economy plus class,’ is a travel class offered by some airlines. It is often described as a class halfway between the standard economy and business class in terms of price, comfort, and available amenities.

Passengers can now fly with Emirates in Premium Economy on the first of their brand new A380 aircraft, with fully refurbished interiors with cream and bronze tones to match the latest Boeing 777 Gamechanger aircraft. Travellers can look forward to experiencing higher levels of comfort and relaxation in the airline’s new premium economy cabin. Among others, travellers will be able to enjoy more space and a premium dining experience in a comfortable cabin interior.

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What does the Emirates premium economy class offer?

Premium economy seats

Emirates Airlines introduces a new level of comfort by providing wider, cream leather seats along with raised cushioned leg rests. Headrests are also fully adjustable complemented with a deeper recline to allow for extra space and comfort. Moreover, the premium economy seats are located at the front of the aircraft allowing travellers to more easily exit the aircraft upon landing.

Premium dining experience

Travellers will be served an excellent choice of dishes and fine wines unavailable in economy class. A set of regional monthly menus is set to be presented on Royal Doulton china tableware complete with stainless steel cutlery. The woodgrain dining table folds neatly into the seat while travellers reserve the option of resting their glass of wine on the exquisitely designed side table.

Inflight entertainment

Long flight? Rest assured that the premium economy cabin inflight entertainment system will keep boredom at bay. The premium economy cabin features a 13.3-inch HDTV perfect for streaming thousands of movies, TV shows, and more. You can even connect your own headphones wirelessly via Bluetooth if you’re so inclined. Lastly, premium economy passengers are also welcome to connect to a high-speed Wi-Fi service.

Dedicated airport services

Premium economy passengers are granted access to a dedicated check-in area at Dubai International Airport. They may also use a number of convenient self-service check-in kiosks to avoid queues.

What are the Emirates premium economy routes & flights?

The new Premium Economy cabin features on the Emirates’ new A380 flying between Dubai, Paris Charles de Gaulle (flight numbers EK 75 and EK 76), London Heathrow (flight numbers EK 1, EK 2, EK 3 and EK 4) and Sydney (flight numbers EK 412 and EK 413) from 1 August, and Christchurch (EK 412 and EK 413) from December.

Moreover, Emirates has now announced its plan to debut the newly retrofitted A380s featuring its latest Premium Economy cabins to five new cities from December 2022, namely:

  • New York JFK (flight numbers EK203 and EK 204) from 1 December 2022
  • San Francisco (flight numbers EK 225 and EK 226) from 15 February 2023
  • Melbourne (flight numbers EK 406 and EK 407) from 1 February 2023
  • Auckland (flight numbers EK 448 and EK 449) from 15 January 2023
  • Singapore (flight numbers EK 354 and EK 355) from 1 March 2023.

Furthermore, Emirates will also update its schedules to cities including London Heathrow, Sydney and New York JFK with its retrofitted A380 aircraft operating on the following services:

  • Sydney (flight numbers EK 414 and EK 415) from 15 December 2022
  • London Heathrow (flight numbers EK 005 and EK 006) from 1 January 2023
  • New York JFK (flight numbers EK 201 and EK 202) from 15 March 2023
  • Christchurch (flight numbers EK 412 and EK 413) from 26 March 2023. This service will be an extension of the Dubai to Sydney Emirates premium economy flight service.

When will I be able to book Emirates premium economy class?

Emirates has now opened bookings for premium economy seats on flights to select destinations. The Dubai airline is accepting reservations for travel in the new cabin class on flights to London, Paris, Sydney and Christchurch.

How much does it cost to upgrade to premium economy on Emirates?

If you booked the economy ticket, you can upgrade it to premium economy which cost you around $400. Enter your booking details here if you wish to continue and upgrade your Emirates flight.

Emirates premium economy price

Premium economy flights from Dubai to London

From Dubai to London Heathrow in August:

  • The lowest-priced one-way premium economy fare is AED 4,430 (USD 1206.10).

Premium economy flights from Dubai to Paris

From Dubai to Paris Charles de Gaulle in August:

  • The one-way fares premium economy class starts from AED 4,490 (USD 1,222.43).

Premium economy flights from Dubai to Sydney

From Dubai to Sydney in August:

  • The one-way fares premium economy class starts from AED 4,490 (USD 1,222.43).

Premium economy flights from Dubai to Christchurch

From Dubai to  Christchurch, New Zealand in December:

  • The premium economy fares for this route start from AED 8,748 (USD 2,381.70), for a one-way flight in December.


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