Emirates Delays Introduction of Premium Economy on Osaka/Kansai to Dubai Route to June 11

Emirates has postponed the start date for the introduction of premium economy class on its Osaka/Kansai to Dubai route to June 11.

Originally, the airline had planned to start offering premium economy class service with the reintroduction of the Airbus A380 aircraft from June 1. From June 1 to 10, the service will operate with a three-class system, and from June 11 onwards, it will transition to a four-class system with the Airbus A380.

The four-class Airbus A380 will feature 14 first-class suites, 76 business-class seats, 56 premium economy class seats, and 338 economy class seats, totaling 484 seats.

The premium economy class seats are arranged in a ‘2-4-2’ configuration, with 56 seats located in the front of the lower deck. The seats offer a maximum seat pitch of 40 inches and a seat width of 19.5 inches, upholstered in stain-resistant cream leather with a finish similar to that of business class, featuring wood panels. Amenities include a 13.3-inch monitor, headrests and footrests that adjust in six directions, and a leg rest.

On board, passengers will be treated to a welcome drink, meals served in porcelain, and premium wines or sparkling wine, with liqueurs and chocolates available after the meal. Blankets made from recycled plastic bottles, spacious pillows, and amenity kits will also be offered to ensure a comfortable environment.

The introduction of premium economy class on Japanese routes started with the Tokyo/Narita to Dubai route in December 2023, making this the second route. Eventually, premium economy class will be introduced on a total of 120 aircraft, including 67 Airbus A380s and 53 Boeing 777s, offering more than 4,000 seats.

■Flight Schedule
EK317 Osaka/Kansai (23:45) to Dubai (04:50+1)
EK316 Dubai (03:00) to Osaka/Kansai (17:15)

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