28 NOVEMBER 2016
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The first of seven new-generation A380 super-jumbos for the Emirates fleet between now and the end of April has arrived at the carrier. It is the 85th of its type to join the airline.
To add more capacity and accommodate a revised Business Class cabin, the new aircraft has had the crew rest area moved and 25 extra Economy seats added on the lower deck, making a total of 426.
The 76-seat Business Class cabin on the aircraft now has a higher ceiling, which Emirates says “creates a more spacious and luxurious feel”, while overhead luggage bins have been increased in capacity and relocated in the middle aisles.
The carrier is researching more ultra-long-haul routes for its latest batch of A380s and meanwhile is also about to receive the first of its B777-300s featuring its revamped fully-flat Business Class seat.
This features a larger TV screen and meal table, improved lighting and new privacy panels.
Emirates announced earlier this month it that it had moved to an all-A380 and B777 fleet, after retiring the last of its A330s and A340s.
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