Manila – At the Dubai Airshow 2021 last November 16, Emirates announced that it will retrofit 105 of its modern wide-body aircraft with its Premium Economy product, in addition to other cabin enhancements.

The 18-month retrofit program, scheduled to begin at the end of 2022, will be entirely conducted at Emirates’ state-of-the-art Engineering Centre in Dubai. It will see 52 Emirates A380s and 53 Boeing 777s fitted with a new cabin class – the airline’s highly lauded Premium Economy. The airline is also considering installing a brand new Business Class product on its Boeing 777 aircraft, with customized seats in a 1-2-1 layout.


At the end of the retrofit program, Emirates will have a total of 111 Boeing 777 and Airbus A380 aircraft offering Premium Economy seats, including the 6 A380s that would have been delivered to the airline with four cabin classes by December 2021.

On the Emirates Boeing 777, 5 rows of Economy class seats located just behind Business Class will be removed to install 24 Premium Economy seats laid out in 2-4-2 configuration. On the Emirates A380, 56 Premium Economy seats will installed at the front of the main deck also in 2-4-2 configuration.

Emirates’ Class suite in Manila

Passengers from Manila will soon be able to enjoy Emirates’ First Class on flights to Dubai. From 3 December, travelers can book seats in the ultimate luxury cabin on their journeys between Manila and Dubai.

Flight EK332, operating as a daily flight from Dubai to Manila, will deploy its wide-body Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a three-class configuration, offering eight seats in First Class, 42 in Business Class and 310 spacious seats in Economy Class, on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays. The First Class product offering on the Manila-Dubai route follows the introduction of First Class to its flights linking Cebu, Clark and Dubai, which commenced on October 1.

Flight EK332 departs Dubai daily at 03:50hrs, arriving in Manila at 16:00hrs. The return flight, EK335 is scheduled to depart Manila at 23:30hrs to arrive in Dubai at 04:45hrs the next day. All times are local.

Emirates resumed scheduled operations to the Philippines in September, with seven weekly flights to/from Manila, seven weekly flights to/from Clark and services to/from Cebu twice a week.

Comfort and Private Cabins

The airline offers passengers in First Class a private suite with seats that recline to a fully-flat bed with electrically-operated privacy dividers, providing passengers maximum exclusivity and privacy. Customers can also enjoy a personal mini-bar and touch screen Wireless Integrated Passenger Seat Controllers for the airline’s award-winning inflight entertainment (ice) and seat functions, as well as a 32” HD LCD screen.

Up to 4,500 channels of on-demand entertainment are available for customers to enjoy in-flight, with Bowers & Wilkins Active Noise Cancelling E1 headphones, exclusively created for Emirates First Class passengers.

A La Carte Fine Dining

Across all Emirates flights, passengers in First Class can enjoy gourmet dining experiences, and will receive a single-use special menu curated by gourmet chefs with exquisite cuisine paired with some of the most exclusive wines, champagne and spirits. The service has been modified to reflect strict health and hygiene practice, although the airline serves hot meals to passengers using high quality cutlery and crockery, sterilized before each use.

Luxury Wellness and Relaxation

Passengers can indulge in a luxury selection of products starting with the BYREDO travel wellness range of skincare consisting of a cleansing face towelette, facial toner, eye cream, chamomile roll-on sleep oil and pillow mist spray. For added comfort and relaxation, First Class lounge wear is available for passengers which use Hydra Active Microcapsule Technology designed to keep skin hydrated during the flight.

Emirates has a long-standing partnership with Bvlgari to design exclusive kit bags for the airline. The latest creation is the exquisite Le Gemme collection made of faux leather are offered to passengers on long-haul overnight flights.

Before flights

First Class passengers travelling to Dubai or transiting to other destinations on the airline’s network, will have access to Emirates’ First Class lounge at Dubai International, offering premium services including a dedicated Moët & Chandon bar, and gourmet dining experience with a wide selection of international cuisine and can also avail the complementary Chauffeur-drive which is also available across selected destinations on the network. Passengers travelling in premium class can relax and dine before flights with complimentary lounge access in Dubai and in select destinations around the airline’s network.

Last year, the airline was recognised as “World’s Best First Class 2020” by customers on TripAdvisor, in addition to a host of other wards over the years. Most recently, Emirates was recognized as the Middle East’s Leading Airline in several categories at this year’s World Travel Awards 2021, one of which was Leading Airline First Class.

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