DUBAI- Emirates (EK) is set to enhance its services to Osaka (KIX) by introducing the Airbus A380 aircraft from June 1, 2024. The A380 designated for Osaka will undergo retrofitting, incorporating Emirates’ latest product, Premium Economy. This marks the second Japanese gateway to feature the upgraded A380 aircraft.
The improved service will bring augmented seat capacity on flights to and from Osaka, along with the introduction of the highly anticipated Premium Economy Class. The enhancements extend to refreshed interiors across First, Business, and Economy Class cabins.
Emirates A380 to Osaka
With the upgraded A380 operations, Emirates will provide an additional 910 weekly seats between Dubai and Osaka, facilitating more travel options to popular destinations like Milan, Madrid, Brazil, Paris, and London.
Last year, Emirates celebrated the 20th anniversary of its services between Dubai and Osaka, serving over 220,000 passengers through more than 360 flights in 2023.
The four-class A380 for Osaka will feature 14 first-class suites, 76 lie-flat seats in Business Class, 56 seats in Premium Economy Class, and 338 ergonomically designed seats in Economy Class. In the Premium Economy cabin, arranged in a 2-4-2 configuration at the front of the main deck, passengers will experience a spacious layout with amenities such as in-seat charging points and a side cocktail table.
The Premium Economy experience includes curated in-flight amenities, a diverse menu, and an extensive range of beverage options. Emirates’ “ice” in-flight entertainment boasts up to 6,500 channels of movies, TV programs, and music.
Business and First Class passengers will have access to Emirates’ onboard lounge, while First Class passengers enjoy exclusive entry to the airline’s luxurious shower spa.
Passengers can also savor Emirates’ award-winning hospitality, featuring meals prepared with carefully selected ingredients from around the world.
Premium Economy on 14 Destinations
In December 2023, Emirates introduced its Premium Economy product on the Dubai-Narita route, receiving considerable interest from customers.
Currently, this distinctive offering is available on flights to 14 global destinations, including New York JFK, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, London Heathrow, Sydney, Auckland, Christchurch, Melbourne, Singapore, Mumbai, Bangalore, Sao Paulo, and Dubai.
The commencement of Emirates’ A380 operations at Kansai International Airport (KIX) aligns with Japan’s anticipation of increased tourism, particularly to attractions within the Kansai region, like Osaka and Kyoto. This initiative is supported by a busy calendar of events, including the Osaka-Kansai Expo scheduled for 2025.
Additionally, Emirates runs a daily four-class A380 service to Tokyo Narita and a daily Boeing 777-300ER service to Tokyo Haneda, strategically connecting Japan’s three largest international travel hubs to meet the rising demand.
Emirates reaffirmed its commitment to travelers by reinstating its Chauffeur-drive service in Tokyo Haneda for First and Business Class customers in the previous year.
Furthermore, the airline introduced a complimentary shuttle bus service for Economy class customers, connecting Tokyo Haneda airport to major train stations such as Tokyo (TYO) and Shinagawa (SGW).
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