Emirates Announces Big A350 News

Daniel Fowkes
15 Jan 2023
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Emirates has announced that it will invest in new-high speed inflight broadband. This is a significant development for the airline that’ll welcome 50 Airbus A350 aircraft scheduled to enter the fleet in 2024. Inmarsat’s GX Aviation will power the inflight broadband.

This is a world-first network that will debut for the first time on their A350 aircraft. As a result, passengers boarding the plane will enjoy uninterrupted connectivity no matter where they’re flying, including the North Pole.

The announcement continues with Emirates’ ambition to offer a world-class onboard service. The airline recently welcomed back its first retrofitted Airbus A380. This is part of a multi-billion dollar program to retrofit 120 aircraft across the A380 and 777 series.

Emirates will retrofit the Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 – Source: Emirates

Emirates says the GX network that’ll power their inflight broadband consists of five Ka-band satellites. However, there are only plans to further enhance this with seven more satellite payloads as part of the roadmap laid out by Inmarsat. The company has many ambitions for connectivity and hopes to achieve them in the coming years.

Connectivity in the air has become one of the passengers’ most requested features. Therefore, Emirates’ investment in this for its Airbus A350s should only elevate the customer experience.

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  1. Emirates are also the first carrier to put an order in for B77X, when that gets released 🤦🏾‍♀️😂. Their Premium Economy product puts all other airlines P/EC class to shame. It will be great to see them increase their fleet, although I’m wondering why they went for A350, and turned down some of the B787 fleet? We shall see.

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        1. I’m guess you’ve never flown on a 787 or a 350 Luis. I can tell you from experience, as can anyone else who has been onboard both, that the 787 is a noisy pile of garbage compared with the A350. The window shades are also woefully awful on the 787 and because of this daytime flights are truly hellish. I will also note the seat width on the 350 allows for far greater passenger comfort than the 787 with a whole extra inch of seat width. I get it that you’d love the Dreamliner to be the better plane, but any sane passenger with experience of both these aircraft will unfortunately almost certainly disagree.

    2. A350 is bigger and has more range. Has more engine thrust and performs better in hot climates. That’s the main reason.

  2. This is superb and EK has always been a pioneer in such areas… kudos to the team, behind the scenes!!!

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  3. We r very eagerly waiting to fly in A350s between Dubai and Chennai.

    With best Regards: K. Nizambasha Chennai

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      1. Love everything Emirates do to be the best. Hope 350 flies to London. I have travelled premium economy a few times and no doubt it’s amazing but the seat pitch is too much- one trip this passenger in front of me put his seat all the way back and my experience completely spoilt. I was squashed ‘ looking down at screen monitor and food tray right up against me – still it’s quality interior and food.

  4. I hope they fly the 350s in and out of Melbourne Australia 🇦🇺, perfect would be Melb/Dubai/ Dublin, can anyone confirm or deny? Actually are Emirates still flying in and out of Dublin Ireland?

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    1. It’s a superb improvement for the fleet as it will give premium economy clear space from B777 to its own. A great idea from the management!!

  5. It is fantastic that EK are always improving their standards, both with their soft and hard products.
    They are with doubt leagues ahead compared to the ,99% , of all the other big league players.
    Yes , EK deserve , the honour being voted, along with QR , incomparable to any other big league carriers.

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  6. Always a fan of Emirates even though its more expensive but the experience is gr8 and their B class is superb especially the lounge in their 380’s!!

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  7. I hope that Emirates have solved the secured problem with hundreds of passengers roaming about in the airplane moving about 3-4 pieces of cabin luggage each WHILE THE AIRCRAFT IS STILL BREAKING DOWN SPEED ON THE RUNWAY ITSELF AND DURING TAXIING as I have seen in Dacca airport. (Bangladesh)

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  8. Emirates you are always on the lead. Continue leading by giving us connectivity in the Skies. We won’t feel the time when we are connected to the earth. Consider sending A 350 to Africa as well so that we can also enjoy.

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  9. For me I rather the boeing 777, but I’ll maybe take a think of becoming a a350 fan since I am currently not. I hope to fly for Emirates or Thai airways once I grow up.

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  10. It’s a great deal for all emirates users mostly the economy people. Now everybody stands a chance to share the luxurious experience of the modern class in emirates. I believe A350 will be deployed to premium economy.

  11. It’s a superb improvement for the fleet as it will give premium economy clear space from B777 to its own. A great idea from the management!!

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  12. I stop flying emirates, after the continue to use 30 year old 777- 200lr on my hometown route. EK221/222.

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    2. The first 777-200LR entered service in 2006 (about 17 years ago with PIA). Emirates oldest 777-200LRs are 16 years old. I wonder how Emirates uses a 30 year old 777-200LR to your hometown.
      For your information the first ever passenger 777 a standard 777-200 entered service in 1994 (29 years ago) with United Airlines.

    3. Emirates has not got any 777-200 or -200LR in their fleet for a few years now. They have only been operating either 777-300 or Airbus 380s since before the pandemic. However, you are welcome to make your own decisions as to what airline you wish to fly.

    4. There is not a single airplane in the fleet that is 30yrs old, and yes I fly those 777 in case you ask how do I know.

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  13. Not a nice aircraft with leg space for economy passengers!! I tried a newest 350 on Etihad on London-Abudhabi route. 787 is much more convenient.

  14. For economy passengers it’s really not a comfy journey at all, as the leg space and seats are extremely narrow and suffocating with the seat at the front being so close.
    And with the price paid for economy, its really not worth paying.

  15. The best modern commercial plane so far are Airbus A380-800 double decker for its spacious ecnomy with smooth take-off and Boeing 787-800/900 with their coverless auto-dimming window shade and spacious seater.

  16. I’ve just got back from Australia and traveled on the new retro fit premium economy seats on the a380. Can’t complain leg room was great and the seat is a lot better than the standard economy seat.

    1. Please do fly from Dubai to India or Dubai to Bangladesh, you would surely find the leg space and seats are extremely narrow and suffocating and the food is surely stale and smelly.

  17. Would love to fly Emirates but my destination (Manila) requires me to have a long layover Ca 8 hrs, whereas the Asian carriers offer me 2-3 hrs, for me I’d rather get there quicker.

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