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Emirates expands fleet refitting program to 191 aircraft

by Jeffrey Teruel - Founder/Editor-Flights in Asia
Published on May 07, 2024


Emirates is expanding an ongoing fleet retrofit program to update the interiors of 191 aircraft.

Emirates is expanding an ongoing fleet retrofit program to update the interiors of 191 aircraft.

The Dubai-based carrier announced the additions to its retrofit program which originally covered 120 aircraft – 67 Airbus A380s and 53 Boeing 777s. Following the change, another 71 aircraft will be added to the program – 43 A380s and 28 777s.

“We’re topping up our multi-billion dollar investment in the retrofit programme 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,” said Tim Clark, President, Emirates Airline. “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.”

According to Emirates, the airline has finished the retrofitting – done in-house by the airline's Engineering Center - of 22 A380s. Work on the first Boeing 777 to be retrofitted will take place in July.

Among the tasks that are part of the retrofitting program include the refurbishment of the First Class cabin, the fitting of new Business Class seats with a 1-2-1 configuration, and 24 of its new Premium Economy product.

Once completed, Emirates states that the airline will through the program install 8,104 next-generation Premium Economy seats, 1,894 First Class suites, 11,182 upgraded Business Class seats, and 21,814 Economy seats.

At present, its refurbished A380 aircraft with its new Premium Economy product are deployed on flights to New York-JFK, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, London Heathrow, Sydney, Auckland, Christchurch, Melbourne, Singapore, Mumbai, Bangalore, Sao Paulo and Dubai. The airline will be boosting services with the new cabin to Osaka in early June. The airline will be serving 42 cities with Premium Economy by February following the introduction of its new Airbus A350 and refurbished Boeing 777 aircraft.

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