Emirates’ first retrofitted A380 enters service


The first Emirates A380 to be completely refurbished under the airline’s US$2 billion retrofit programme has been deployed on the Dubai-London Heathrow route. It is the first of 120 Emirates aircraft to have completed refurbishment.

The first Emirates A380 to be completely refurbished under the airline’s US$2 billion retrofit programme has been deployed on the Dubai-London Heathrow route. It is the first of 120 Emirates aircraft to have completed refurbishment.

“Customers will notice the difference the moment they step onboard – the spacious A380 will look and feel even more impressive and comfortable,” Sir Tim Clark, President, Emirates Airline. “With our latest interiors and products, this newly-refurbished aircraft elevates our inflight experience in all classes of travel, and enables us to offer more Premium Economy seats to meet customer demand. I’m particularly proud that this refurbishment work was designed, conducted and completed in-house at our facilities in Dubai, to the highest standards of quality and safety. It reflects the world-class aviation capabilities and infrastructure that exists within Emirates, and here in the UAE.”

The fully refreshed A380 features Emirates’ latest products and interiors across all cabins, including 56 Premium Economy class seats on the main deck, and new colour palettes evident in the carpeting and wall panels. On the upper deck, First and Business Class seats sport Emirates’ latest cream-coloured leather upholstery and lighter-toned wood finishing, similar to the airline’s ‘game changer’ product. Emirates’ signature ghaf tree motif also features prominently throughout the interiors, including hand-stencilled panels in the First Class Shower Spa.

By 2024, all 67 A380s assigned for refurbishment will have returned to service. Emirates will then begin work on its 53 Boeing 777s earmarked for this project. The airline expects to complete the programme in 2025.


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