Emirates announced at the Dubai Airshow 2021 on Tuesday that it will retrofit 105 of its modern wide-body aircraft with its Premium Economy product, in addition to other cabin enhancements.
The 18-month retrofit program, scheduled to begin at the end of 2022, will be entirely conducted at Emirates’ Engineering Centre in Dubai.
It will see 52 Emirates A380s and 53 Boeing 777s fitted with a new cabin class -– the airline’s highly lauded Premium Economy.
The airline is also considering installing a new Business Class product on its Boeing 777 aircraft, with customized seats in a 1-2-1 layout.
Once retrofitting is completed, Emirates will have a total of 111 Boeing 777 and Airbus A380 aircraft offering Premium Economy seats, including the six A380s that would have been delivered to the airline with four cabin classes by December 2021.
On the Emirates Boeing 777, five rows of Economy class seats located just behind Business Class will be removed to install 24 Premium Economy seats laid out in 2-4-2 configuration.
On the Emirates A380, 56 Premium Economy seats will be installed at the front of the main deck also in 2-4-2 configuration.
Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline, said, “Since we introduced our Premium Economy seats a year back, we’ve received a hugely positive response. Customers have been amazed by the quality and comfort.”