The next time you board Emirates’ Boeing 777 aircraft, know that some passengers on board will have their own private rooms in the sky.
The airline has given its fleet of 165 Boeing 777s a multimillion dollar makeover – on your next vacation you’ll want to write home about these stonking new interiors as much as your hotel or sightseeing.
While the upgrade extends across cabin classes, it’s the First Class private suites that get all the attention. Inspired by the Mercedes-Benz S-Class (First Class passengers travel in a fleet of S-Class cars on the ground), the luxurious suites have leather seating, high-tech control panels and mood lighting.
They’re also fully enclosed with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that shut out ambient cacophony (unlike the previous cabins, which were open at the top) and 40 square feet of personal space that you don’t have to share with elbowing fellow-passengers. There’s room for you and your worldly belongings too with storage space that includes an overhead compartment and a full length cupboard for hanging clothes; no more overhead bin wars.
Every First Class suite is a window seat, even if you’re in the middle – suites in the centre have virtual windows, which project the view from outside the aircraft using real-time camera technology.
Fancy technological upgrades don’t end there – in case you want something more than the Byredo skincare collection, Hydra Active moisturising pyjamas, Bulgari amenity kits and Bowers & Wilkins Active Noise Cancelling E1 headphones that each suite is fitted out with, you can make a video call to the cabin crew.
The suites take Do Not Disturb a step further than Economy’s stickers – each private cabin has a service window so passengers can be served drinks and canapes undisturbed.
Chin up. If you’re travelling Business or Economy Class, these cabins as well as walkways, washrooms and galleys in all Emirates 777 aircraft have been revamped with newly designed seats and upgraded in-flight entertainment systems. The motif of the Ghaf tree, the UAE’s national tree, pops up throughout the aircraft’s interiors.
Business Class’ leather seats will mimic a sports car’s diamond stitch pattern.
The Economy Class cabin has been redecorated in a colour palette of soft greys and blues with full leather headrests with flexible side panels so you can snooze better.
Mark December 1 on your calendars, as that’s when the revamped Boeing 777 aircraft debut with their first commercial flights from Dubai to Geneva and Brussels. Visit emirates.com.