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Emirates Airlines: a plan to modernize the cabins of 120 aircraft

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Emirates has launched plans and trials to fully modernize the interiors of 120 Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft, the two largest commercial aircraft models currently in operation.
The implementation of this ambitious project, which includes an investment of billions of dollars to ensure “enduring excellence” for Emirates customers over the coming years, will begin in November next year with the full leadership of the engineering team at Emirates Airlines.
Emirates aims to fully upgrade four A380s every month over a period of more than two years. Once the 67 upgraded A380s are back in service, 53 777s will undergo the upgrade. The operation includes the installation of nearly 4,000 new seats in the Premium Economy cabin, the refurbishment of 728 suites in First Class and the upgrading of more than 5,000 Business Class seats with a new design and appearance when the project is completed in April 2025.
In addition, the carpets for the floors and stairs will be changed and the interior facades of the cabins will be updated with new colors and design motifs, including the design of the “Ghaf”, the national tree of the United Arab Emirates.
No other airline in the world has undertaken a modernization of this magnitude within its own facilities, and no airline has similar plans. Therefore, Emirates engineering teams thoroughly plan and test to establish and simplify operations, identify and address any future obstacles.
Trials began last July on the A380, with Emirates’ experienced engineers taking each cabin apart piece by piece and recording every step, from removing seats and panels to screws and nuts, planning and testing each procedure and its timing. They also identified potential barriers to completing the installation of the new Premium Economy Class cabin and retrofitting the other three cabins on each aircraft in just 16 days and documenting them to expert teams for review and approval.
As part of the modernization programme, Emirates Engineering’s facilities will witness the establishment of new workshops dedicated to the repainting and upholstering of all business class seats and the renewal of all the aircraft’s side panels.


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