Emirates has begun taking delivery of its new generation Airbus A380 and Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, which will feature upgraded Business Class seats amongst other features.
The first of the new A380s was delivered this month, while the new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft is expected to enter the Dubai airline’s fleet later this month.
The new generation Emirates Airbus A380, in addition to its iconic on-board lounge and First Class Shower Spa, will have a new seat configuration. With the relocation of the crew rest area, there will be 25 additional seats in Economy Class, making it a total of 426 seats on the lower deck. First and Business Class seats will remain at 14 and 76 respectively.
The new Business Class cabin design has a higher ceiling to give a more spacious feel for customers, while the overhead cabin lockers will be concentrated in the middle aisles and will be 28% larger in volume.
This is the first of seven expected to be delivered this fiscal year, with 51 more on order.
From end of November, Emirates will begin taking delivery of its new generation Boeing 777-300ER – the first of six to be delivered this fiscal year. The new aircraft will feature enhanced Business Class seats which recline to 180-degree fully flat beds of 78 inches in length, and will include an in-seat minibar and the largest inflight entertainment screen in Business Class at 23 inches.
The aircraft will also have an upgraded seat configuration with two additional seats in Economy Class taking the total capacity in economy to 306. The number of seats in First and Business Class will remain the same at 8 and 42 seats respectively.
The lavatories have also been given a fresh look with new wood finish, improved lighting and new designs on the sidewall panel.
Currently, 85% of Emirates’ fleet of passenger aircraft is equipped with Wi-Fi on board including all A380 aircraft. In addition, 108 aircraft are equipped with live TV, which has up to nine channels of live news and sport.
With close to 90% of customers on Emirates connecting to Wi-Fi on long haul flights, Emirates said it will continue to meet the increasing demand for connectivity, enabling more aircraft with Wi-Fi and live TV each month.