Emirates has unveiled a new Business Class cabin and configuration for its Boeing 777-200LR aircraft, with new wider seats laid out in a 2-2-2 configuration. The airline is investing over US$150 million to refurbish the 10 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. 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 (IFE) system, several personal lighting options, privacy panels between seats, a shoe stowage area, footrest and a personal mini-bar.
Overhead bins in the centre of the cabin have been removed for an airier and more spacious feel on board. The cabin also features the Ghaf tree – considered the national tree of the United Arab Emirates, and now a signature design on the latest Emirates aircraft.
In addition, the new Business Class cabin features a social area. The mini lounge area offers snacks such as crisps, sandwiches and fruit, as well as beverages for customers to help themselves to during the flight. This offering will complement Emirates’ full meal service.
Economy class seats onboard the 777-200LR have also been refreshed to the latest colour palette of soft greys and blues. The ergonomically designed seats come with full leather headrests that have flexible side panels and can also be adjusted vertically for optimum support. Passengers can also enjoy the “ice” IFE system, and the aircraft is equipped with Wi-Fi and live TV across all classes.
Emirates’ newly refurbished 777-200LR aircraft will go into service on 6 March to Fort Lauderdale. This is the first of 10 aircraft which will be retrofitted with the new configuration over the course of this year.