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Emirates backs A380 and UK with new premium economy

written by Adam Thorn | January 5, 2021

Emirates A380 promotional cabin
Emirates new premium economy seat in its newly delivered A380.

Emirates has doubled down on its backing for both the A380 and the COVID-hit United Kingdom by announcing its newly delivered superjumbo will fly regularly between Dubai and London.

The new A380 is the first of six that will feature an enhanced premium economy cabin and comes despite many airlines moving to retire the aircraft brand or move it into long-term desert storage.

Emirates continues to hold its title as the world’s largest superjumbo operator, with more than 100 still in its fleet.

On 4 January, the new A380, A6-EVN msn 267, departed Dubai at 2:54 PM as flight EK3 and landed in London at 6:08 PM.

“With a generous pitch of up to 40-inches, Emirates’ premium economy seat is 19.5 inches wide, and reclines 8 inches into a comfortable cradle position with ample room to stretch out,” said the business in a statement.

“Covered in cream-coloured anti-stain leather with stitching details and a wood panel finishing similar to Business Class, each seat is designed to provide optimal comfort and support with six-way adjustable headrests, calf rests and footrests.

“Each seat has a 13.3” screen, one of the largest in its class, to enjoy the unmatched array of music, movies, TV, news and other content on Emirates’ award-winning ice.


“Customers will also find thoughtful touches including easily accessible in-seat charging points, a wide dining table and side cocktail table.”

The new route announcement became before the country officially entered a national lockdown, however the capital was in a lockdown style Tier 4 restrictions.

The premium economy seats will be offered on a discretionary basis with capacity lower than normal.

Emirates airline received its newest A380 from Airbus’ Hamburg facility recently, and its remaining order of five are set to be delivered over the rest of this year and next.


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