Emirates will use existing A380 business-class product on upcoming Boeing 777X

Sep 30, 2019

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Emirates’ President Sir Tim Clark has shared in a podcast that its upcoming Boeing 777X aircraft will be fitted with basically the same business-class product that it features on its fleet of Airbus A380 aircraft.

Business class on Emirates’ A380. (Photo by Emily McNutt / The Points Guy)

The hard product on the upcoming 777X will sport a 1-2-1 configuration, which means every passenger will have direct aisle access, and should feature signature Emirates touches like the at-seat minibar and expansive IFE system controlled by a large tablet at the seat.

While it’s an improvement on the carrier’s current 777 biz class, which is either in an outdated 2-3-2 or a slightly better 2-2-2 configuration, it likely won’t be a world-beating seat like Qatar’s Qsuite, which features fully-enclosed suites for every business-class passenger.

Business class on board Emirates’ 777-200. (Photo by Zach Honig / The Points Guy)

Clark went on to disclose that the aircraft will not have onboard showers or a full bar like the A380, but it will have a “comfort area” that can be utilized by business- and first-class passengers.

Speaking of first class, the aircraft will be delivered with the airline’s latest first-class suites, which are certainly in the running for being the world’s best.

Finally, Clark revealed that the airline’s premium economy product may now debut on the A380 sometime in 2020 rather than the 777X, as the delivery of these new aircraft will likely be pushed into 2021. He didn’t divulge any specifics about the product itself, though.

The Dubai-based carrier currently has the largest order for Boeing’s newest wide-body aircraft, though its production has been facing delays due to issues with the plane’s engines.

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