Emirates expand Premium Economy to five more cities with retrofitted A380s

Monday, Sep 12, 2022 18:13

Emirates will scale up its flagship A380 operations to 42 cities with over 400 weekly departures with 85 Emirates A380s planned for active service by year end. — Photo courtesy of Emirates

Emirates has announced plans to debut its newly retrofitted A380s featuring its latest Premium Economy cabins on routes to New York JFK, San Francisco, Melbourne, Auckland and Singapore from December.

The airline will also add more Premium Economy seats on services to London Heathrow and Sydney as its newly enhanced aircraft sporting refreshed cabins roll into scheduled service.

The airline aims to offer customers more opportunities to experience its highly acclaimed Premium Economy product. Its latest deployment plans will also see 85 A380s back in the sky by December, well-timed to serve the year-end travel demand.

By year-end, the airline will serve close to a third of its network with its flagship A380s as it opens to more destinations like Houston, Bengaluru, Perth, Auckland, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur, with additional cities to be announced in the coming weeks. With an expanded list of cities, Emirates will have recovered 75 per cent of its pre-pandemic A380 network.

Emirates also announced plans to launch its fleet retrofit programme, consisting of a multi-billion-dollar investment to ensure customers continue to have the best experience in the sky. Starting in November, the airline will begin intensive work to upgrade and retrofit the interior cabins of 67 Airbus A380 and 53 Boeing 777 aircraft, with one aircraft rolling into service every 16 days.

Emirates is the world’s largest operator of the A380, with 118 double-decker aircraft in its fleet. The airline recently began flying daily from Ha Noi (HAN) and has six flights per week from HCM City (SGN) to destinations in Europe and the US. — VNS

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