DUBAI — Emirates is off to a busy start in 2017, having just announced the launch of new cabin products and enhancements for both its A380 and Boeing 777 fleet.
According to the airline, which was named Skytrax’s World’s Best Airline in 2016, the multi-million-dollar cabin interiors upgrade program includes an enhanced Onboard Lounge for First and Business Class passengers on its flagship Airbus A380 aircraft.
“Since we first launched the product in 2008, our A380 Onboard Lounge has gone through small but successive enhancements in line with customer feedback to increase the amount of space for our customers to interact in the lounge. In our latest revamp, we have taken inspiration from private yacht cabins, and amongst other thoughtful touches, we have increased the seating space, and also made it more intimate and conducive for our passengers to socialize or enjoy our lounge service,” said Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline.
Features include a new seating arrangement along the windows on both sides of the bar, with each seating area equipped with a table and window view. Overall, the lounge can comfortably accommodate up to 26 passengers at a time, including eight seated.
Emirates will also introduce soundproof curtains to partition the lounge area from the other cabins, and put in additional soft ambient lighting options, new window blinds integrated with LED mood lighting, and subwoofers for surround sound. The lounge also features a 55-inch LCD screen so that guests can enjoy live TV broadcasts, gourmet canapés, hand-picked wines from around the world and limited edition fine spirits.
All of Emirates’ 93 A380s currently in service feature the Onboard Lounge. The enhanced lounge product will make its first public appearance at the Emirates infinite Possibilities stand during ITB Berlin. It is currently being installed onto one of Emirates’ brand new A380 aircraft at Airbus’ facilities, and will make its operational debut in July 2017.