A380 are still top at Emirates, but refurbished

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While many airlines, such as Lufthansa is retiring A380 jets because of fuel efficiency, Emirates seems to be expanding the use of these giant aircrafts.

At the ongoing Arabian Travel Market in Dubai, Emirates’ flag carrier said it would refurbish an additional 43 A380s and 28 Boeing 777 aircraft, expanding its energy-efficient expansion program to 192 widebody aircraft.

The initial proposal included refurbishing 120 airplanes, including 67 A380s and 53 777s. The Boeing 777 plays a vital role in the Emirates fleet, while the A380 is highly regarded as the airline’s flagship and preferred choice among customers. Expanding the refurbishment program guarantees that Emirates is committed to delivering an unmatched travel experience to its customers.

Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline, said: “We’re topping up our multi-billion dollar investment in the retrofit program 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.

Adding more aircraft fitted with our newest generation seats, updated cabin finishings, and a contemporary color palette also significantly ensures more customers can consistently experience our premium products across both aircraft types.”

Refurbishment work for the Emirates fleet is completely being managed and executed in-house at the airline’s Engineering Centre. Over 250 project personnel are currently working round the clock, supported by 31 major partners and suppliers who have set up workshops both in the facility and offsite to deliver the refreshed cabins.

Once the last aircraft rolls out of the retrofit program and the project is fully complete, the airline will have installed 8,104 next-generation Premium Economy seats, 1,894 refreshed First Class suites, 11,182 upgraded Business Class seats, and 21,814 Economy Class seats.  

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Juergen T Steinmetz

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1977).
He founded eTurboNews in 1999 as the first online newsletter for the global travel tourism industry.

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