On 19th October 2023, Emirates showcased its Premium Economy product in India ahead of its debut in the country in a weeks’ time.
At an event held at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, Emirates gave an “exclusive” tour of its four-class Airbus A380 on 19th October 2023. The aircraft featuring Premium Economy cabins, and operating as EK506, arrived at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (MIAL) to enable MIAL airport officials, VIPs, travel agents, key corporate customers and media to preview the soon-to-launch offering. Guests were given a guided tour of the Premium Economy cabins that will debut on Emirates’ A380 service to Mumbai and Bangalore from 29 October and outbound flights from the two cities to Dubai from 30 October.
Emirates is the first Middle Eastern airline to have Premium Economy product and when the new cabin class debuts on its A380 flights later this month, Emirates will be the first Middle East carrier operating in Mumbai to offer Premium Economy.
In attendance at the premiere event were Prakash Tulsiani – Chief Executive Officer of Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL), Ashwin Noronha – Chief Operating Officer of Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL), Dinaz Madhukar – Chief Commercial Service Officer at Adani Airports, other local dignitaries from the airport authorities, and Mohammed Sarhan – Emirates’ Vice President for India and Nepal.Emirates executives onboard the flight which arrived in Mumbai included Adnan Kazim, Chief Commercial Officer and Ahmed Khoory, Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations – West Asia and Indian Ocean.
Emirates Premium Economy has revolutionized travel for a growing segment of travellers looking to enhance their flying experience. We’ve received an immense response from customers, who have opted to trade up to Premium Economy and embraced the new levels of comfort and luxury it provides at great value. In line with the demand we have seen on the ten routes where the product is already available, we anticipate it will be highly-popular in India as well.
With the ongoing surge in travel across our network, Premium Economy allows passengers to savour the perfect blend of luxury and affordability. This underscores our ongoing commitment to customers and delivering on our ‘Fly Better’ promise. As we incorporate Premium Economy cabins across a growing number of aircraft, we hope to extend this option on more routes.said Mohammad Sarhan, Vice President for India and Nepal, Emirates.
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Premium Economy cabins on the Emirates A380 feature 56 plush cream leather seats, located at the front of the main deck, and laid out in a 2-4-2 configuration. The Dubai-based carrier says that the new cabin class “provides seats with a generous recline, more legroom, and an elevated dining experience, amongst other thoughtful and luxurious touches”.
We are delighted to welcome Emirates as they reconfigure and upgrade their service offering from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA). As Emirates extends its diverse range of services and extensive connectivity, CSMIA stands prepared to meet the modern-day mobility requirements with implementation of newer technology & digitalization, thus contributing to a seamless passenger experience. With Mumbai Airport’s world-class offerings, combined with Emirates’ commitment to premium comfort and excellence on board, we are excited to provide passengers with the finest experience from CSMIA.CSMIA spokesperson said.
Emirates says that it has “undertaken one of the largest-ever fleet retrofitting initiatives in aviation history”. Emirates’ Engineering team embarked on a pioneering project to revamp 67 Airbus A380s and 53 Boeing B777 aircrafts. Along with offering a refreshed look, the project will see the installation of nearly 4,000 Premium Economy seats across 120 aircraft.
For more details about Emirates’ Premium Economy offering in India starting later this month, please refer this article.
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