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It was only earlier this year that Emirates celebrated its first full year of offering a Premium Economy cabin on select routes (it came late to the game), but the rollout has been pretty steady and now we’re told that two more of its routes will offer the airline’s newest product by the end of 2023.
On 19 November, São Paulo will become the thirteenth destination to which Emirates offers its Premium Economy product and Tokyo will become the 14th when, on 20 December, Emirates begins to offer the cabin on its route to Narita.
Initially, the Dubai – São Paulo route will offer the Premium Economy cabin 3x/week, but this will be scaled up to a daily offering in December.
This is what the planned schedule looks like right now:
EK261 DXB 09:05 – 17:20 GRU (Daily)
EK262 GRU 01:25 – 22:35 DXB (Daily)
Emirates offers two daily flights between Dubai and Tokyo – one to Haneda and one to Narita – and it will be the Narita route that will be the first of the two to offer the Premium Economy cabin from 20 December.
EK318 DXB 02:55 – 17:20 NRT (Daily)
EK319 NRT 22:30 – 05:30+1 day DXB (Daily)
Both the São Paulo and Narita routes will offer a 56 seat Premium Economy cabin in a 2-4-2 layout on board a retrofitted Airbus A380 which also features 338 Economy Class seats, 76 Business Class seats and 14 First Class suites.
Emirates says that its new Premium Economy offering has proven to be “immensely popular” on the ten routes on which the product is already offered (London (LHR), Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Christchurch, Singapore, Los Angeles, New York (JFK), Houston and San Francisco) so with Premium Economy also coming to the airline’s routes to Mumbai and Bengaluru from the end of October, we can expect to see the cabin rollout gather pace from here.