Emirates Announces Major Aircraft Upgrade

Daniel Fowkes
07 May 2024
· Aircraft 
· Airlines 
An Emirates Boeing 777-300er wearing the new Emirates livery in Dubai

Emirates has announced plans to upgrade its aircraft fleet with the further retrofitting of Airbus A380s and Boeing 777s.

As part of the newly announced plan, the expansion of the cabin refurbishments will include 191 aircraft and allow the company’s older aircraft to align with the next-generation inbound jets, such as the A350.

Emirates says 43 Airbus A380s and 28 Boeing 777s will be included in the latest refreshment announcement. Initially, the carrier included only 120 aircraft but plans to increase this to 191, allowing the airline to continue raising customer satisfaction. Additionally, moves such as these will enable the carrier to have a competitive edge in the coming years.

As of May 2024, Emirates has already retrofitted 22 Airbus A380s. From July this year, the carrier will send its first Boeing 777 in for refurbishment. The refurbishment process is expected to take two weeks before the 777s are allowed to reenter service.

The latest announcement includes First Class, slated to experience a significant upgrade. Meanwhile, all new business class seats will debut in a 1-2-1 configuration. This configuration has been adopted for some time by most carriers and is considered a more private experience for customers flying in upper classes.

Additionally, Emirates is focusing on the introduction of 24 Premium Economy seats. This cabin class is perceived as a bridge between the upper class and the Economy and is offered as a more modest upgrade.

All the work to refurbish the Emirates fleet is being completed in-house, with over 250 personnel currently working around the clock. The Dubai-based company wants to ensure it can limit the operational impact of these jets being pulled from service.

Looking Ahead

Refurbished Emirates Airbus A380s are already flying to various cities worldwide, including Melbourne, Sydney, Los Angeles, New York JFK, London, Mumbai, Singapore and several other flagship cities.

Meanwhile, when the Boeing 777 refurbishment is complete, more cities will see the Premium Economy cabin for the first time.

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. 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.

Emirates President, Sir Tim Clark

The arrival of further aircraft at Emirates, including the Airbus A350 with Premium Economy, will boost the number of cabin classes offered.

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