(Source: AusBT) Earlier Emirates announced they will be adding Premium Economy class from 2020. Emirates Premium Economy will debut on their new Airbus A380 aircraft being delivered in 2020, but will also be added to the airline's new Boeing 777-9 and retro fit to the existing A380 and B777 fleet.

Emirates is the first airline in the Gulf to offer Premium Economy. It's a bold yet strategic move for the Gulf airline, which across its 35-year history has only ever offered First Class, Business Class and Economy.

"It will be an Emirates Premium Economy, so it will be special.”

Said Emirates Airline President, Tim Clark, during a mid-2018 briefing when he first mapped out details of Emirates Premium Economy playbook.

On the Emirates Airbus A380s fitted with first class, Clark says the Premium Economy cabin will be a dedicated cabin and will be located at the front of the lower deck with “as many as 56 seats."

On the 2 Class Emirates A380 (no First Class), Premium Economy will be added onto the upper deck with same number of seats as the three-class A380s.

Emirates’ Boeing 777 jets would see a smaller dedicated cabin, "more likely around 26-28 seats", behind Business Class but in front of Economy.

There has been speculation that the new Eclipse design (shown below) from seat maker HAECO is what Emirates will use for premium economy, given that the company has said that the Eclipse will launch "an as yet unnamed Middle East-based airline... begining flying with the seats in 2020."

However, it's worth noting that the Eclipse has a fixed shell behind each seat, intended to prevent the passenger in front of you from reclining into your space.

HAECO Eclipse Premium Economy seat for Emirates?
HAECO Eclipse Premium Economy seat for Emirates?

Emirates Skywards and Marriott Bonvoy - Your World Rewards

Emirates Skywards and Marriott Bonvoy have fully relaunched their “Your World Rewards” partnershipRegistration is now once again open, in the event that you haven’t yet registered for this partnership.

You’ll earn Skywards Miles when you stay at Marriott Bonvoy hotels and resorts, and you’ll earn points when you fly with Emirates. That’s in addition to the rewards you already earn through these programmes.

Earn with Marriott Bonvoy

Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite, Platinum Elite, Titanium Elite and Ambassador Elitemembers earn 3 points per US dollar spent on all eligible Emirates flights (on top of Skywards Miles).1

Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite, Titanium Elite and Ambassador Elite members enjoy Elite in-airport benefits, including priority check-in and priority boarding.

Earn with Emirates

Emirates Skywards Silver, Gold and Platinum members earn 1 Skywards Mile per US dollar spent on all eligible stays at Marriott Bonvoy hotels and resorts worldwide.1

Emirates Skywards Silver, Gold and Platinum members enjoy additional benefits at Marriott Bonvoy hotels and resorts, including 16:00 late Checkout, access to Elite check-in and complimentary in-room Wi-Fi.

Emirates Launching Mexico City Flights

Emirates will launch daily flights from Dubai to Mexico City via Barcelona as of December 9th 2019.

Emirates will operate the route using 2 class B777-200/LR. This includes 38 Business Class seats in a 2-2-2 configuration, as well as 264 Economy seats.

EK255 DXB0330 – 0800BCN0955 – 1615MEX 77L D
EK256 MEX1940 – 1325+1BCN1510+1 – 0045+2DXB 77L D

Emirates B777-200/LR Business Class
Emirates B777-200/LR Business Class
Emirates B777-200/LR Economy Class

Emirates will have fifth freedom rights between Barcelona and Mexico City, meaning you’ll be able to fly with Emirates exclusively between Spain and Mexico.

Fares are loaded into GDS and on sale now. Below is a sample roundtrip fare between Barcelona and Mexico using Expertflyer. (before tax and surcharges)

I will provide more updates on Emirates Premium Economy once there is more information closer to the launch.