Emirates has unveiled a brand-new Business Class cabin and configuration on its Boeing 777-200LR aircraft, with new wider seats laid out in a 2-2-2 configuration for the first time.
The airline says it has invested over US$150 million to refurbish the ten existing 777-200LR aircraft in its fleet.
The newly refurbished Emirates 777-200LR aircraft is set in a two-class configuration which offers 38 Business Class seats and 264 seats in Economy Class. While the Business Class seats are in the same design and shape of Emirates’ latest lie-flat seats, they are now two inches wider for a more comfortable journey. The seats retain the champagne coloured finish and diamond stitch pattern on the full leather cover, and the ergonomically designed headrest revealed on Emirates’ newest Boeing 777 in November.
The Business Class seat has a pitch of 72 inches and moves into a fully flat sleeping position. It also has touchscreen controls for the seat and inflight entertainment system, several personal lighting options, privacy panels between seats, a shoe stowage area, footrest and a personal mini-bar.
Emirates has removed the overhead bins in centre of the cabin to create a more spacious feel on board. The cabin has electronic windows and says its 23-inch personal in-flight entertainment (IFE) screens are the largest in Business Class.
Customers have the choice of up to 3,000 channels of on-demand entertainment in ice with 600 movies, over 200 hours of TV, and thousands of music tracks every month. The aircraft is also equipped with Wi-Fi and Live TV across all classes.
In addition, the new Business Class cabin features a social area – unique to the Boeing 777-200LR fleet. In addition to the airline’s normal Business Class food and drink services, the cabin has a mini lounge area with snacks such as crisps, sandwiches, fruit and beverages for customers to help themselves to during the flight.
Emirates’ newly refurbished 777-200LR aircraft will go into service on March 6 to Fort Lauderdale. This is the first of ten aircraft which will be retrofitted with the new configuration over the course of the year. The refurbished 777-200LR aircraft is planned for several destinations including Emirates’ most recently announced – Santiago, Chile.