Emirates has announced further changes to its “Advanced Seat Reservations” policy. In October 2016, in line with partner airlines QANTAS, Emirates began to charge for Economy Class seat selection. These charges were exempt for First, Business and Economy Flex passengers, in addition to top tier frequent flyer members of Emirates and QANTAS.
Effective 20 August 2017, Emirates start differentiation Economy Class seats by introducing three new catergories of “extra value seats”:
• Preferred seats are closer to the front of the plane and allows for a faster disembarkation. In most of our planes, preferred seats are in smaller cabin sections, such as first rows of the Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft, first rows of the A380 lower deck, and on the A380 2-class upper deck.
• Twin seats allow customers to travel on a row of only window and aisle seats. This configuration of seats can be found on the last rows of the Boeing 777 and on the upper deck of the A380 2 class.
• Extra Legroom seats are exit row seats across our entire fleet. These seats allow eligible customers to benefit from extra legroom. Bulkhead seats are not considered extra legroom and are available only to passengers travelling with infants, free of charge.
Online check-in with Emirates opens 48 hours prior to departure and selected seats are still available for assignment free of charge – this will include regular, preferred and twin seats. Extra legroom seats will continue to be available for purchase up to 6 hours prior to departure.