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Expansion of A380 and B777 Retrofit Program in Emirates Airlines

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Emirates Enhances Cabin Refurbishment Program with Expansion

Emirates has recently announced a significant expansion of its cabin refurbishment program, with plans to upgrade an additional 71 aircraft, including both Airbus A380s and Boeing 777s. This initiative brings the total number of aircraft receiving enhancements to 191, showcasing the airline’s commitment to providing superior passenger experiences.

The decision to expand the refurbishment program was motivated by Emirates’ dedication to customer satisfaction, as stated by Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline. “Our increased investment reflects our unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction, featuring state-of-the-art cabin products and a modern aesthetic across our fleet,” Clark emphasized.

The expansion will include upgrades to 43 A380s and 28 B777s, with each aircraft set to receive next-generation seating and stylish cabin finishes in a fresh and contemporary colour palette. Currently, 22 A380s have already undergone the refurbishment process, and starting in July, the first Boeing 777 will begin its two-week overhaul.

One of the key highlights of this initiative is the enhancement of all cabin classes. First Class will feature revitalized suites, while Business Class will introduce new seats arranged in a 1-2-1 configuration to enhance privacy and accessibility. Additionally, the introduction of Premium Economy class, consisting of 24 seats, provides passengers with more high-end travel options.

To accommodate the new Premium Economy section, seating capacity in the B777s will be adjusted, resulting in a total of 332 seats spread across four classes. This adjustment includes eight First Class seats, 40 Business Class seats, and 260 Economy Class seats, with 50 Economy seats being removed to make space.

All refurbishment work is being managed internally at Emirates’ Engineering Centre, with the support of over 250 personnel and 31 major partners. The comprehensive project involves the use of internal resources and specialized workshops to ensure a seamless execution of the upgrades.

Upon completion, Emirates will have installed a total of 8,104 Premium Economy seats, 1,894 updated First Class seats, 11,182 revamped Business Class seats, and 21,814 refreshed Economy Class seats.

The refurbished A380s are currently serving major global cities such as New York, London, and Sydney, with plans to introduce the upgraded B777s to more destinations by the end of summer. Furthermore, by February 2025, Emirates aims to offer Premium Economy services in 42 cities, with plans to expand even further with the addition of A350s to the fleet in September.

This strategic enhancement reaffirms Emirates’ position as a leader in luxury air travel, promising unparalleled comfort and style for its international clientele while significantly elevating the global travel experience.

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