Saeed Bin Sulaiman, Emirates Regional Manager for western and Eastern province,center, is seen at the suhoor party
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Emirates hosts suhoor party to media
Emirates hosted a grand suhoor party to the Saudi media personnel at the Four Seasons Hotel in Riyadh on Friday.
Saeed Bin Sulaiman, Emirates Regional Manager for western and Eastern province, who hosted the event said it was a meet and greet event with the members of the media who have been giving their cooperation to the airline.
Faisal Al- Shafie, cargo manager for Saudi Arabia and Hatem Kamal Omar, public relations manager for Emirates Corporate division were also present at the midnightparty.
Emirates operates some 10 daily flights from the Kingdom which include four from Dammam and three each from Riyadh and Jeddah.
According to an announcement made by Australian Business Traveler on Thursday, Emirates will add premium economy seats to its new Airbus A380 fleet from 2020, airline CEO Tim Clark has confirmed.
Hatem Kamal Omar, public relations manager for Emirates Corporate is in the center.
Speaking on one of Emirates' own inflight podcast programs, Clark says the new seat would make its debut on 20 new Airbus A380s due for delivery from 2020.
"We have already spec’d out the airplanes; we know exactly what we’re going to do, [and] where we’re going to place these seats, which zones (destinations) and how we’re designing the product,” Clark revealed, after describing the seat as something "special".
“The airplanes that we ordered, the latest A380s - the first six of which come in 2020 – we will be installing premium economy in those, and it will be an Emirates premium economy, so it will be special.”
"We’ve just got to make absolutely sure that the maths stack up," he added, with the total premium economy package from seats to service being carefully positioned between business class and economy.
Emirates will be the first of the 'Gulf trio' to embrace premium economy, and its move – if successful – could push Etihad and Qatar to reconsider premium economy for their own long-range flights.
Faisal Al- Shafie, Emirates cargo manager for Saudi Arabia is seated third right
The airline has most recently been busy upgrading its first class and business class offerings, unveiling new suites for the Boeing 777-3000ER ahead of their transition to the same new Airbus A380s as will see premium economy, although the superjumbo suites won't arrive until 2021.
The suites – which will be reduced in number from the current count of 14 suites to just 11 luxe cribs in a 1-1-1 footprint –will be accompanied by new bathrooms and shower spa suites, in what Clark had described as a "transformation of the cabin."