Emirates has announced plans to debut its newly retrofitted A380s featuring its latest Premium Economy cabins to five new cities from December – New York JFK, San Francisco, Melbourne, Auckland and Singapore. The airline will also add more Premium Economy seats on services to London Heathrow and Sydney, as its newly enhanced aircraft, sporting refreshed cabins roll into scheduled service.
The airline aims to offer customers more opportunities to experience its highly acclaimed Premium Economy product, and its latest deployment plans will also see 85 A380s back in the sky by December, in time for the year-end travel demand surge.
Emirates’ has also released the schedule for introduction of its retrofitted A380s. The aircraft will ply on EK203 and EK 204 to New York JFK from December 1, while it will debut service of the refurbished planes to Auckland in New Zealand on EK 448 and EK 449, from January 15, 2023.
From February 1, 2023, Melbourne will become the second Australian destination to be served with the signature aircraft and it will be deployed on EK 406 and EK 407. Emirates says that on February 15, San Francisco will become the second US destination to be served by the retrofitted A380 on EK 225 and EK 226, and the renewed aircraft will land for the first time in Singapore March 1, operating as EK 354 and EK 355.
Emirates will also update its schedules to London Heathrow, Sydney and New York JFK with its retrofitted A380 aircraft operating on other flights. From December 15, 2022, Sydney will become the first city in the Emirates network to offer Premium Economy seats on all flights, with the introduction of the airline’s retrofitted aircraft on EK 414 and EK 415 and from January 1, 2023, London Heathrow will receive its third daily service with Premium Economy, with the new product debuting on EK 005 and EK 006. From March 15, 2023, Emirates will operate its second A380 with Premium Economy to New York JFK on EK 201 and EK 202.
Emirates will also start A380 services with a Premium Economy debut to Christchurch from 26 March 2023, as an extension of the Dubai to Sydney service, operating with EK 412 and EK 413.
Scaling up A380 operations
With travel demand the strongest it has been in more than two years, Emirates will provide customers more choice and a better experience as it ramps up A380 services to 42 destinations by the end of March 2023, the airline says in a press release. In tandem, the airline is optimising its network to meet robust demand and enhancing its existing schedules to over 400 A380 departures from Dubai, offering 460,000 weekly A380 seats by March 2023, including 81,000 seats across its premium cabins, offering the very best in customer comfort.
By year end, the airline will be serving close to a third of its network with its flagship on 85 A380s as it unlocks more destinations like Houston, Bengaluru, Perth, Auckland, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur, with additional cities to be announced in the coming weeks. With an expanded list of cities, Emirates will have recovered 75 pc of its pre-pandemic A380 network. The airline is also adding frequencies to popular cities already served by its flagship, bringing greater resiliency and stability to its operation.