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    Emirates Boosts In-Flight Luxury with 191 Aircraft Retrofit Expansion

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    A Boeing 777-300ER airliner operated by Emirates, photographed on the tarmac at Auckland International Airport, Auckland, New Zealand. October 11 2022
    A Boeing 777-300ER airliner operated by Emirates, photographed on the tarmac at Auckland International Airport, Auckland, New Zealand. October 11 2022

    Emirates Airline has solidified its position as a leading provider of luxurious in-flight experiences by announcing a massive expansion of its retrofit program, which will now encompass 191 aircraft.

    The original plan called for 120 aircraft – 67 A380s and 53 777s to undergo full refurbishment.

    Emirates Airlines A6-EOM Airbus A380-861 cn/187 @ LFPG / CDG 15-01-2022” by Nabil Molinari Photography (10 Million views, Than is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

    With an increased focus on premium economy seating, Emirates is responding to the robust post-pandemic travel demand.

    Emirates Airlines” by dtrzolek is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

    The airline is enhancing its customer experience by revamping the aircraft interiors with new generation seats, updated cabin finishings, and a contemporary color palette.

    Emirates Airlines A6-ECU Boeing 777-31HER cn/35593-817 @ LMML / MLA 14-01-2018” by Nabil Molinari Photography is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

    These upgrades signify Emirates’ determination to provide a consistent and best-in-class suite of products across every cabin.

    Emirates Airline 777-300ER” by Bill Wilt is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

    “We’re topping up our multi-billion-dollar investment in the retrofit program to introduce cutting-edge cabin products on more of our A380s and Boeing 777s, demonstrating a clear commitment to elevating the customer experience with a best-in-class suite of products across every cabin,” Emirates President Tim Clark stated.

    Emirate Airline Business Class Seat” by Luke Lai is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

    The retrofit work, which is being meticulously managed in-house at Emirates Engineering Center, benefits from the collaboration with over 31 partners and suppliers.

    Emirate Airline Business Class Seats” by Luke Lai is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

    This comprehensive approach ensures the aircraft are redone to the highest standards and swiftly returned to service.

    Polet Airlines An-124 swallowing Emirates Airbus A380” by Dmitry Avdeev is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

    Notably, the Boeing 777s will sport a refreshed interior, with first-class cabins, brand new business class seats in a 1-2-1 seating configuration—putting an end to the ‘dreaded middle seat’—and an introduction of 24 premium economy seats.

    Boeing 777 – Emirates Airlines” by Sony SLT-A57 is licensed under CC BY 2.0

    This reconfiguration necessitates the removal of 50 economy seats, which results in a total of 332 seats across four classes.

    Emirates Airlines Boeing 777-300, A6-EMX” by fox2mike is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

    So far, Emirates has completed retrofitting 22 A380 aircraft, with the Boeing 777 scheduled for its first refresh in July, taking around two weeks per aircraft.

    Boeing 777-300 ER – Emirates airlines” by alobos life is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

    Once the program is completed, Emirates will have installed 8,104 premium economy seats, refreshed 1,894 first-class suites, upgraded 11,182 business class seats, and 21,814 economy class seats across its fleet.

    Emirates Airline” by majaX1 is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

    The rejuvenated aircraft have already made their way to prominent destinations including New York JFK, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, London Heathrow, Sydney, Auckland, Christchurch, Melbourne, Singapore, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Sao Paulo. Moreover, services with the new cabin to Osaka are set to begin in early June.

    Emirates Airlines A6-EED Airbus A380-861 cn/111 std at DWC 24 Mar 2020 @ EGLL / LHR 27-05-2018” by Nabil Molinari Photography (10 Million views, Than is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

    Looking forward, Emirates plans to serve 42 cities with premium economy by February 2025. This expansion will coincide with the introduction of the A350s to its fleet in September of this year, further enhancing the airline’s premium offerings.

    Emirates Airline A6-EOJ Airbus A380-861 cn/182 Painted in ‘Expo 2020 (Sustainability / Green)’ special colours 03-2018 @ EGLL / LHR 14-05-2019” by Nabil Molinari Photography is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

    Clark expressed concern about potential delays in receiving the first 777-9 aircraft, which may extend into 2026, mirroring sentiments from Lufthansa’s CEO Jens Ritter regarding their own anticipated 777-9 deliveries. Nevertheless, Emirates’ commitment to upgrading its fleet is clear, with the retrofit program poised to ensure more customers can consistently experience the airline’s premium products across both the Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft types for years to come.

    Relevant articles:
    Emirates Bolsters Retrofit Program To 191 Aircraft, Aviation Week
    Emirates extends retrofit programme to 191 aircraft, Emirates
    Emirates to refurbish additional 71 aircraft – Business Traveller, Business Traveller
    Emirates Is Refurbishing 71 Additional Aircraft, ypremium.com.au

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