I exclusively reviewed Emirates’ premium economy cabin class in Mumbai, and it was…
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When Emirates says “Travel Better” it means just that. Flying with Emirates is an experience in itself, and regular travelers who have taken to the skies with their planes will only tell you that. Mumbaikars and Bengalureans take flight to Dubai, where a new form of luxury is coming your way from October 29, 2023. After 10 global cities, Emirates is bringing its much-talked about premium economy to India, and that too on your routes.
Thus, Emirates Airlines becomes the first air carrier in the Middle East to provide distinguished economic services to India. Combining the luxury of Business Class with the affordability of Economy, Premium Economy is the best of two worlds in one. Having launched about a year ago, people are loving the fourth addition to their cabin class options. The other three are economics, business and first.
An exclusive preview of Emirates’ premium economy cabin
We had an exclusive preview of the Premium Economy cabins on board flight EK 506 which arrived at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (MIAL) on 19 October 2023. Dignitaries from Emirates and Mumbai Airport addressed the exclusive event at CSMIA. Shortly after the press conference, we went on a tour of the newly updated cabins. Although it was a specific media event, it was packed with other stakeholders from the travel industry.
We toured the A380 starting with Business Class, then First Class, and finally Premium Economy. There was no time to even glance at the economy class as time ran out as passengers were waiting to board the plane. Yes, this was all happening on a flight that was scheduled to fly, but the passengers were not traveling in premium economy.
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So, what’s new in the Premium Economy cabin?
- For starters, the Airbus 380 is equipped with these plush seats, designed by Mercedes-Benz. The leather is stain free and very comfortable to sit on. You will be surrounded by luxury, no doubt.
- Seats are It is 19.5 inches wide, has a seat pitch of 40 inches and reclines 8 degrees (max). It’s comfortably comfortable.
- There’s more legroom and it doesn’t suffocate you like economy seats sometimes do. Leg rests add more comfort.
- There is a cocktail table that looks elegant and elegant. It can be folded and fits inside the armrest. The wood paneled beauty will come in very handy when they offer you free cocktails. Yes, you can get that in Premium Economy.
- The headrest moves six directions so you can catch forty winks, twenty winks, or longer naps, too. You can adjust it to get the best fit. Your neck and shoulders will thank her for it.
- there A 13.3-inch rear-mounted LCD screen displays Emirates’ in-flight entertainment programme, Ice. It has 6,500 channels, with 45 Academy Award®-winning films, over 1,500 movies, over 1,500 hours of TV, music, podcasts and audiobooks (in 40 languages), and 5 live TV channels such as BBC, CNN, Sky News Arabia and Sport. 24, and Sport 24 Extra.
- You also get free headphones to watch the content.
- Long-distance travelers also get a sustainable amenity kit made from recycled materials.
- They also have kid-friendly content and kid-friendly headphones to keep the little ones entertained on board.
- Flyers are treated to a wide range of gourmet meals.
- As mentioned earlier, travelers are welcomed with free drinks. Such as spirits, beer, soft drinks and fine wines including Chandon sparkling wine from Australia. I definitely missed that part.
- We’ve been told that the menu will be kept fresh on a regular basis and that it caters to wider palates, keeping allergies in mind. Yes, there is a kid-friendly menu too.
In what ways is the Premium Economy cabin available?
It is currently available on flights to:
- London Heathrow Airport,
- New York JFK,
- Houston, W
- San Francisco.
New destinations with Emirates Premium Economy Airlines:
Emirates Airlines is ready to deploy premium economy class seats on 4 other destinations before the end of 2023:
- Sao Paulo, and
- Tokyo Narita
It’s definitely an offer that Indian (and global) travelers will appreciate. Luxury like no other. It has a 2-4-2 seating arrangement and provides very comfortable and homely seating. The champagne color really brightens the mood and space. The windows come with electronic window blinds so you can rest well and protect yourself from the harsh rays of the sun. The cocktail table is definitely a nice touch. The cabin crew are cheerfully helpful. In the Premium Economy cabin, three crew members will accompany you at any time. I didn’t have much time to review the in-flight entertainment system. We were not able to try the food on board. But from the looks of it being served in fine China, it certainly looks like an upscale experience.
Operations on the Dubai to Mumbai/Bangalore route will commence on October 29, 2023; And outbound flights from both cities to Dubai from 30 October 2023. It’s luxurious and opulent, and definitely something I’d pay to experience. Global travelers have been raving about this for over a year and now Indians, or should I say Airbus, can join the bandwagon soon enough.
Advance reservations are already open. For those traveling from Dubai to Mumbai (and vice versa), EK500/501 is the flight you want to be on. The Dubai-Bengaluru (vice versa) flight is EK568/569. Check here.
Read also: Emirates Economy Class passengers can now enjoy complimentary amenity kits; Guess what’s inside?
Have you tried Emirates’ premium economy cabin yet? If so, let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
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