Emirates has unveiled that it will be updating its business class cabins for its soon-to-be delivered Boeing 777-8’s and 777-9 aircraft. However, don’t hold your breath for it compete with its Middle Eastern rival Qatar and their Qsuite.
Emirates is known for having great marketing (Jennifer Aniston anyone?), but a pretty mediocre business class cabin on their Boeing 777s. The airline will be finally introducing a new business class seat on its new Boeing 777X widebody aircraft.
New-ish Emirates Business Class
The Dubai-based carrier will start taking delivery of a whopping 150 Boeing 777X planes on order starting in 2021.
Emirates CEO Tim Clark is now on record saying that while the 777X will get a new business class cabin, it will essentially be the same product as what is currently on the Airbus A380.
That business class product isn’t bad — a fully flat staggered configuration with direct aisle access for everyone. However, it certainly isn’t industry leading (like the Qatar Qsuite), or even close to that.
No Signature Emirates Onboard Bar
When I think of Emirates, one of the two things that comes to mind is the signature onboard bar on the Airbus A380. (The other thing is onboard showers.)
Unfortunately, Emirates’ CEO also confirmed that there will be no onboard bar (or showers) on the new Boeing 777X planes. Instead, there will be a small “comfort area” in the middle of the cabin, which is essentially a standing area to grab some snacks which already exists on the Boeing 777-200. P.S. it’s not that exciting.
Emirates New Premium Economy
Unlike business class, Emirates will also be unveiling its premium economy product within the next year or so — and that looks pretty revolutionary, for premium economy. This new product may be launched on the Airbus A380 next year since the Boeing 777X has been delayed until 2021.
Rumor has it that Emirates’ new premium economy will be a HAECO designed seat with privacy winglets and a slightly staggered configuration. It almost looks like a business class product from just a decade ago.
Emirates First Class Makes Its Way To The Boeing 777X
Finally, up front, Emirates’ stunning first class suite unveiled in late 2017 will find itself on this new plane as well. With just six fully-enclosed suites, it will be a mighty private cabin.
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