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Emirates Expands Premium Economy to São Paolo and Tokyo Narita

Emirates, the renowned airline, has announced the extension of its highly acclaimed Premium Economy offering to two new destinations in its network, São Paolo starting November 19 and Tokyo Narita from December 20. São Paolo marks the fifth city in the North and South American network to feature the new cabin class, while Tokyo Narita becomes the second gateway in the Far East network to offer this premium experience, characterized by extra legroom, premium amenities, and enhanced features.

As Emirates accelerates its retrofit program and introduces the Premium Economy product on more routes, São Paolo becomes the 13th city where Emirates will operate its newly retrofitted flagship A380 aircraft. 

This expansion increases the number of points offering Premium Economy to 14 with the addition of Tokyo Narita. The newly retrofitted A380 aircraft not only features the new Premium Economy seats but also boasts refreshed interiors, providing an elevated experience across all cabins.

Travellers can immediately book Premium Economy seats for flights between Dubai and São Paolo on EK261/262, initially available three times weekly and scaling up to daily flights in December. Premium Economy on flights EK318/319, to and from Tokyo Narita, will launch as a daily offering from December 20.

The aircraft on these routes will be deployed in a four-class configuration, featuring 56 seats in Premium Economy, located at the front of the main deck in a 2-4-2 configuration, along with 338 seats in Economy Class, 76 in Business Class, and 14 First Class suites.

São Paolo joins the list of destinations operated by the enhanced A380 aircraft in a four-class configuration and marks the introduction of Premium Economy in Emirates’ Latin American network. Tokyo Narita becomes Emirates’ first gateway in Japan to offer Premium Economy, following its debut in Singapore in July.

The Premium Economy offering has gained immense popularity on the ten routes where it has been introduced, and with increasing travel demand across Emirates’ extensive network, it is expected to appeal to travellers seeking a premium travel experience at an attractive price point.

Since the introduction of Premium Economy to Emirates’ offering one year ago, more than 160,000 customers have upgraded from Economy Class to experience its elevated offerings.

Emirates currently operates A380 aircraft with Premium Economy seats to global destinations, including London Heathrow, Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Christchurch, Singapore, Los Angeles, New York JFK, Houston, and San Francisco. Premium Economy will also debut on Emirates’ flights to Mumbai and Bengaluru from October 29.

Premium Economy is popular among leisure and business travellers, solo travellers, families, and more, offering luxurious seats, increased legroom, premium dining and beverages, and other value-added features.

On the retrofitted aircraft, refreshed interiors showcase Emirates’ signature ghaf tree motif, along with aesthetic enhancements, stunning designs, and new color palettes evident throughout the aircraft.

Emirates currently operates daily flights between São Paulo and Dubai, connecting passengers to over 130 destinations in its global network. Emirates’ Brazilian operations also include a Boeing 777 service between Dubai and Rio de Janeiro, connecting travellers to Buenos Aires. Emirates serves its customers in Japan through its three gateways, with daily flights to Tokyo Narita, Tokyo Haneda, and Osaka Kansai.

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