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Emirates To Upgrade 71 More Planes: New Cabin Interiors For 191 In All

Emirates has announced it will add 71 more planes to its ambitious $2 billion cabin refurbishment program, ensuring consistency of the passenger experience across its fleet.

The airline will completely refurbish another 43 A380s and 28 Boeing 777 aircraft, expanding its retrofit program to 191 aircraft. This means the airline will have more refreshed aircraft in active service well into the mid-2030s.

Emirates’ cabin refurbishment program.

The original plan called for 120 aircraft – 67 A380s and 53 777s to undergo full refurbishment. The Boeing 777 remains the backbone of the Emirates fleet, and the A380 is the airline’s flagship customer favorite. The expansion of the refurbishment program ensures that Emirates continues to provide customers with an unparalleled travel experience.

Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline, said: “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. The addition of more aircraft  fitted with our newest generation seats, updated cabin finishings and a contemporary colour palette also marks a significant step in ensuring more customers can consistently experience our premium products across both aircraft types.”

Progress On Emirates’ Cabin Upgrades

The Emirates Engineering Centre fully manages and executes the refurbishment work in-house. Over 250 project personnel work continuously, with support from 31 major partners and suppliers. These partners have established on-site and off-site workshops to ensure the delivery of refreshed cabins.

Emirates has already retrofitted 22 A380 aircraft, and in July of this year, the airline will start refreshing the interior of the first Boeing 777. Each Boeing 777 aircraft will require approximately two weeks of refurbishment before it re-enters service. The refurbishment plans include a new First-Class cabin, the debut of all-new Business Class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration, and the installation of 24 latest Premium Economy seats to offer more premium choices to customers.

In addition, the Emirates Boeing 777 will now have a 332-seat configuration across four classes. This includes eight First Class suites, 40 Business Class seats, and 260 Economy Class seats. To accommodate the new Premium Economy cabin, the airline will remove 50 Economy seats.

By the end of the retrofit program, the airline will have installed 8,104 next-generation Premium Economy seats, 1,894 refreshed First Class suites, 11,182 upgraded Business Class seats, and 21,814 Economy Class seats.

Where Emirates’ Upgraded Cabin Interiors Fly

Emirates’ refurbished A380, featuring Premium Economy, currently serves several global cities. These include New York JFK, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, London Heathrow, Sydney, Auckland, Christchurch, Melbourne, Singapore, Mumbai, Bangalore, Sao Paulo and Dubai. The airline will boost services with the new cabin to Osaka in early June.

Emirates will offer Premium Economy in 42 cities by February 2025. The airline will introduce A350s in September and start incorporating Premium Economy into its Boeing 777s later this summer.

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