Emirates Introduces Premium Economy Class to the A380 Experience, Plus Upgrades To All Cabins

According to Wikipedia, Emirates is currently the largest Airbus A380 operator with 117 aircraft in service with a further 5 on order. The A380 is the world’s largest passenger airliner, and interestingly, Airbus is ending its production this year because its massive frame is just so expensive to produce. And its precisely its size that makes it perfect for housing many types of cabin classes. On Singapore Airlines (who incidentally were the first airline to fly the A380), the A380 has all four cabin types: Suites, Business, Premium Economy and Economy. On the Emirates A380, the Premium Economy class has just joined the ranks and boasts an impressive cabin experience. Here’s what you can expect.


Above: Emirates’ new Premium Economy seat with crew.

There are a total of 56 seats in a 2-4-2 cabin layout. The pitch is 40″, with the seat being 19.5″ wide and reclining 8″ into a cradle position with decent room to stretch.

Above: Emirates’ Premium Economy seat offers generous legroom to stretch out.

The seats also resemble the ones from Business Class, with a cream-coloured anti-stain leather cover with stitching details, and a wood panel finish.

Above: Emirates’ Premium Economy seat, which features anti-stain leather and luxurious stitching details.

Other features include a 13.3″ screen, easily accessible in-seat charging ports, a wide dining table, side cocktail table, three dedicated lavatories, and the cabin is located at the front of the main deck for a convenient in and out of the plane. Watch this and check out more photos below.

Above: Backview of Emirates’ A380 Premium Economy cabin.

Above: New A380 Premium Economy seats feature personal dining and cocktail tables with luxury wood finishing.

Above: Stairway on the A380 maindeck (Emirates’ new premium economy cabin is located at the front of the main deck of the A380)

If you’re trying to book seats online, take note that Premium Economy is currently not offered as a standalone class as there are not enough seats in Emirates’ inventory yet. Premium Economy seats will be offered to valued customers as a complimentary upgrade.*

*Information is correct at time of publishing.


Emirates calls their Economy class game changer seats. All 338 Economy seats have been replaced with ergonomically-designed ones that have full leather headrests, flexible side panels that can be adjusted vertically for optimum support, a classy wood grain finish on the tray tables, and the same 13.3″ personal screen that you’ll see in Premium Economy.

Above: Refreshed A380 Economy Class, featuring new seats similar to Emirates’ Boeing 777 gamechanger aircraft, and a lighter, airy colour scheme.

Above: Backview of Emirates’ A380 Economy cabin.


There are 76 Business Class seats that have all been refreshed to feature champagne-coloured leather covers and wood finishing, inspired by executive jets. Every seat has direct aisle access, and can recline to a fully-flat position.

Above: Refreshed A380 Business Class, featuring leather seat covers and new design touches.


The 14 First Class private suites have gotten even more private and luxurious, with taller doors, and being slightly wider from the original suites. The Shower Spa also sees refreshed design trims and modern fittings.

Above: First Class Cabin

Above: Refreshed A380 Shower Spa, featuring new design touches and modern fittings.

Above: Refreshed A380 Onboard Lounge featuring new trims and flooring. it’s located at the back of the upper deck, for the exclusive use of first and business class passengers.

Emirates will announce details of where it’s deploying its newest A380 Aircraft in the coming weeks. Visit www.emirates.com for more.