If you are a frequent flier to Middle East country then you may came across one question in your mind. Why no Gulf-based airline offers a premium economy class? Well, it’s a valid question seeing as all the airlines except for Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways (Gulf’s three main airlines) offer a premium economy cabin of one sort of another.
Well, here comes the big news for all frequent travelers. Dubai based airline Emirates is all set to introduce the Premium Economy travel class for its customers.
It is learnt that given the retraction of the oil and gas industry in the Middle East, along with companies looking to reduce travel costs, Premium Economy becomes an attractive option for frequent travelers. So, Premium Economy class on Dubai based airline Emirates could soon be on the cards.
What Is Premium Economy?
Premium Economy is a class of airline travel between Economy (coach) and Business, and it consists of a few extra luxuries, which tend to include extra legroom, wider seats and seats which recline further. Premium Economy features include:
- Dedicated cabins
- Premium check-in facilities
- Baggage allowances
- Lounge access
In a recent media interaction, Emirates president Sir Tim Clark has revealed that the airline is considering the addition of a premium economy option to some of its aircraft. Clark noted that the airline is surveying different product development opportunities and is seriously looking at a premium economy option.
He also highlighted that the group saw a strong business case to introduce more two-cabin aircraft – economy and business class – as the economy continues to flat line.
Clark said, “We’re looking at all sorts of opportunities in terms of product development but clearly there’s a business case for looking seriously at premium economy. We already have a large number of two-class craft flying…and, as the market develops – notwithstanding the flatlining of the economy at the moment – we will probably take more.
Moving ahead, Emirates is getting ready to unveil a new first-class cabin next year, which will be introduced on its Airbus super jumbos and Boeing 777 aircraft.
About Emirates Airlines
Touted to be the largest airlines in the Middle East, Emirates flights fly over 1500 flights per week. Emirates airlines online booking is available for over 150 destinations across 142 cities in 80 countries from its main hub at Dubai International Airport. Currently, Emirates Airlines fleet size is a whooping 230 aircrafts, primarily of wide-body planes like the Airbus A380s and Boeing 777.