Emirates considering "three or four" different types of Economy class options
How many times have you tried to blag an upgrade at the airport? Quite a few probably. You paid for Economy, but you feel like, maybe this time, just maybe, you might manage to persuade check-in staff to upgrade you to Business.
Well, there may be a whole bunch of new upgrade options for you to try your blagging skills on. Or, you know, you could just pay for them… Apparently Emirates is looking to introduce a number of different classes to the Economy cabin.
TTG reports that Emirates president Sir Tim Clark said that they may introduce “three or four” types of Economy class on the Airbus A380s.
“We have seen what happened in short-haul, it was nuclear on our industry. It’s a question of time, the economics are probably more difficult, but it is clear that the place for long-haul low-cost is there,” TTG quoted him as saying.
According to reports the range of Economy classes would be introduced in order to deal with competition from budget long-hall carriers.
This comes after the airline introduced ‘Extra Value’ seats. If you want to book a Regular seat in advance it will set you back between $10 and $25 while a Preferred seat will be between $20 and $65. A Twin seat will cost between $25 and $85, and the Extra Legroom (our personal favourite) will be between $40 and $105. You can read more about that here.
And that’s not all – passengers travelling to certain destinations until December 13 will get an extra 15kg of carry-on baggage in Economy.
Passengers travelling to Abidjan, Accra, Dakar, Entebbe, Harare, Luanda, Lagos, Lusaka, Manila, Cairo, Casablanca, Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Algiers Guangzhou and Dar Es Salaam will be given 15 extra kilos, making their new baggage allowance 45kgs.
Passengers flying economy class to Karachi, Dhaka, Sylhet, Chittagong, Mumbai, Kochi, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Jakarta, Cebu, Clark and Colombo will be granted an extra 10kgs on select flights. While Economy Class passengers travelling to Amman, Islamabad, Kabul, Khartoum, Lahore, Multan, Sialkot, Tunisia and Peshawar will receive an additional 10kgs on all flights. Read more on that here.