Emirates Airlines, perhaps best known for its first class luxury suites with onboard showers, might not be appealing to those who are looking for comfort. Recent news is good news for passengers looking for a mid-tier experience on a flight.

Do Emirates have a premium economy. Yes, the airline introduced a premium economy cabin on its Airbus A380 aircraft in 2021. Emirates Premium Economy is available to select destinations. The number of routes will increase in the future.

Get information about the Emirates premium economy experience. This includes eligible routes, costs, and what you can expect to see when you fly.

Emirates premium economy seats

The main benefit of flying Emirates premium economy, is the additional space that it offers over economy. Emirates premium economy seats have a 19.5 inch width and 40 inches of legroom pitch. Economy seats, on the other hand offer 32 to 34 inches of legroom pitch but are 17.5 inches wide.

Emirates premium economy offers 8 inches of recline. This is particularly helpful for long-haul flights.

The leather seats are cream-colored and have a wood-grain table.

Food & drink

Emirates claims it provides a “elevated dining experience” in premium economic with the same wine selection available to business-class passengers. Emirates is proud to offer a variety of menus, which change every month and are inspired by destinations.

Emirates offers a sample menu for premium economy, which includes

  • Wines. Chandon Brut Vintage (2012). Laurenz V. Charming Gruner Veltiner (2016). Chapoutier Tournon Shays, Flat Shiraz (2014).

  • Breakfast. Classic omelet with sauteed mushrooms and roasted potatoes.

  • Snacks. Vegetarian Pizza, Fruits and Snack Bars.

  • Meal. Thai Pepper Beef or Grilled Chicken.

You can request a special meal for any allergies up to 24 hours prior to your flight by using the “Manage Your Booking” feature on the Emirates website.


To find out what Emirates will serve on your flight, you can visit the following website: Premium economy dining

Other perks and amenities

Apart from the additional space, there are many other amenities and perks that come with flying Emirates premium economy.

  • A 13.3-inch in-flight entertainment screen.

  • An adjustable headrest and a cushioned leg rest.

  • Large pillows, soft blankets and other bedding designed for premium economy.

  • Reusable amenity kit.

  • Side cocktail table with charging ports.

We love the convenience of flying Emirates premium economy. It is located towards the front of aircraft. This means that you will exit the plane before the economy passengers. This can be very useful if you have a tight connection, or want to avoid long lines at customs.

Questions frequently asked

Which aircrafts are equipped with Emirates premium economy?

Emirates premium economy is only available on selected Airbus A380 aircraft.

What is Emirates’ premium economy like?

Emirates’ premium economy uses a 2-4-2 seating arrangement. This means that there are four seats in the middle and two seats near the windows. Premium economy is located at the front of the A380, which is a double-decker aircraft.

Are Emirates’ premium economy customers able to earn more miles?

Flying in Emirates premium economy will earn you more Emirates Skywards points than regular economy. An Emirates Skywards Blue member (Blue status is the entry-level status) can earn 3,300 Emirates Skywards points flying premium economy from Dubai and London, as opposed to 3,000 flying regular economy.

Emirates premium economy routes

The following routes are currently available between Dubai, Paris-Charles de Gaulle and London-Heathrow and Sydney, as well as New York-JFK.

Emirates is currently in the process to roll out its premium economy cabin. It plans to offer premium economy between Dubai, Dubai and the following cities before March 2023:

  • Auckland, New Zealand.

  • Christchurch, New Zealand.

  • Melbourne, Australia.

  • San Francisco.

  • Singapore.

What is the premium economy on Emirates?

Prices for Emirates premium economy tickets will vary depending on the dates and routes. We were still able to locate premium economy tickets for Dubai from routes like:

  • Dubai to Paris: From $2,100 to $2.400 round trip (compared with $800 to $880 in economy).

  • Dubai to Sydney from $2,300 to $3,100 round trip (compared to $1.200-$1,400 economy).

This means that you can expect to pay around twice the price of an economy ticket for Emirates Premium Economy.

At the moment, Emirates Premium Economy cannot be booked using Emirates Skywards Miles.

We recommend that you check the Emirates website to book your award flight bookings prior to booking. This could change at any time.

Emirates premium economy recapped

Emirates’ premium economy cabin features spacious seats and a superior dining experience. This will make your flight more enjoyable than flying economy.

Even though Emirates premium economy is more expensive than an economy ticket it can be well worth the extra cost if you want to add luxury and comfort to your flight experience. To arrive at your destination feeling rested, you can use the extra recline and a leg rest as well as specially-designed pillows and blankets.

Featured Image courtesy Emirates

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