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You have to see this: Emirates unveils uber luxury first class suites for complete privacy

The new uber luxury suites have been designed and created in partnership with Boeing. Details of the interiors have been created along with major seat manufacturers Rockwell Collins, electronics leaders Panasonic, Jacques Pierre Jean Design Studio as well Teague, an industrial design team from Seattle.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 14, 2017 11:57:22 pm
Emirates first class, emirates, Emirates flight, emirates first class, emirates business class Emirates unveiled its new first class suites on the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft during the Dubai Air Show over the weekend. This is the most premium offering by the Dubai-based airline. (Photo: Emirates)

Emirates just dropped the curtains from its much anticipated new first-class suites and the Mercedes Benz-inspired business class on Tuesday. The airline unveiled its floor-to-ceiling fully enclosed first-class suites en-flight at the Dubai Air Show 2017 recently. The airline gave a preview of what was in store for passengers who would fly in the new Boeing 777-300ERs that will be equipped with the new suites. Each aircraft will have six suites in a 1-1-1 configuration. This is a change from the 1-2-1 configuration it currently employs for its first-class cabins.

The six first-class suites laid marked with the national tree of the UAE will be laid out in a 1-1-1 configuration on the aircraft, different from the 1-2-1 configuration. The cabins are equipped with floor to ceiling sliding doors providing complete privacy to passengers. (Photo: Emirates)

Each suite will have a 40 square feet space and floor-to-ceiling sliding doors to provide complete privacy to the passenger. The new uber luxury suites have been designed and created in partnership with Boeing. Details of the interiors have been created along with major seat manufacturers Rockwell Collins, electronics leaders Panasonic, Jacques Pierre Jean Design Studio as well Teague, an industrial design team from Seattle.

Boeing, Panasonic, Teague, Rockwell Collins and Jacques Pierre Jean Design Studio are some of the teams that came together to design these luxury suites. (Photo: Emirates)

The inspiration has been drawn from the Mercedes-Benz S-Class luxury sedan. According to Emirates, “its latest First Class product gives a nod to the design philosophy of Mercedes-Benz, bringing together two global brands renowned for luxury, innovation, and comfort.”

“Several design details in Emirates latest game-changing First Class product were inspired by Mercedes-Benz, including the soft leather seating and stitching, high-tech touch screen control panels, and the mood lighting within the suite. Meticulous attention to detail is evident throughout,” the airline says.

The suites come equipped with mood lighting and the interiors are done up in soft leather and a palette of cream, champagne and pastel hues. Passengers will have binoculars to enjoy the view from the window. The passengers in the inside suites will have virtual windows projecting real time video from cameras on the exterior of the plane. (Photo: Emirates)

The cabin, just like the S-Class, is adorned in palette of champagne, cream and light pastels. The seats are NASA technology inspired. They can be oriented in a particular fashion typically called the “zero-gravity” position. This is aimed at providing a feeling of weightlessness and a unique form of relaxation.

The specially crafted seat is controlled by a wireless tablet and can be oriented in a NASA technology inspired zero-gravity position. (Photo: Emirates)

Suites en-flight will have binoculars for enjoying the sights from windows. Though, the passengers on the suites along the centre of the aircraft will have their suite equipped with virtual windows that will project real time video of the view from outside the plane recorded by cameras attached to the exterior of the aircraft.

Passengers will not need to open their cabins for service requests. They can place service requests with the cabin crew and also call for the dine-on-demand service via video call. The suites are also equipped with private service windows through which the cabin crew can serve drinks and small plates without disturbing the privacy of the passenger.

Passengers can watch in-flight entertainment content from 2,500 channels and stream own content as well on the 32 inch HD LCD TV installed in the suite. The cabin also has small windows through which the cabin crew can serve drinks and small meals without disturbing the privacy. (Photo: Emirates)

The ‘guest’ will be able to view 2,500 channels of entertainment as well as stream multimedia off their own devices on the private 32-inch HD LCD screen television. British premium audio equipment manufacturer Bowers & Wilkins has created Active Noise Cancelling E1 headphones tailor-made for flying on Emirates. Each passenger will receive a new headphone upon boarding. The headphones are crafted especially for achieving the best sound quality in an aircraft cabin. Minibars and snacks will be laid out beforehand for frequent fliers along with wireless tablets that control the seat and entertainment systems.

The passengers are provided Hydra Active pyjamas for increased relaxation and comfort. (Photo: Emirates)

The luxury doesn’t end at interiors and gadgets alone. The airline provides Hydra Active moisturising pyjamass to first class passengers. Hydra Active fabric incorporates micro-encapsulations that continuously release nutrients to combat dry air and its harsh effects on the skin. This fabric has known to significantly increase the comfort and relaxation experience of users. The Hydra Active pyjamas will be provided as part of an inspiration kit to all first class fliers. These kits will also include Bvlgari amenity kits, Byredo fragrance and other skincare products.

The airline and Mercedes Benz have collaborated on design, direction and an array of services to bring together the suites which draw inspiration from the Mercedes Benz S-class luxury sedans. (Photo: Emirates)

Furthermore, the Mercedes connection goes beyond flying and extends to the ground too. Passengers arriving at or departing from the UAE will be provided chauffeur-driven Mercedes Benz S-class luxury sedans for commute.

Besides, the business class seats and economy class seats come in a new avatar as well. The business class cabin configuration is the same as before on all Emirates’ 777s ie 2-3-2. The business class cabin will have a lie flat seat leather seating with a pitch of 72 inches. These cabins will also have personal minibars.

The look of the business class has been refreshed as well with minor changes likes personal cabin lighting, wireless electronic seat positioning etc. (Photo: Emirates)

The business class also gets a refreshed look and not a complete revamp. Business class fliers will be provided touchscreen controls for seat positioning, in-flight entertainment as well as personal cabin lighting. It has privacy panels, a footrest and a shoe stowage compartment.

The business class has been laid out in a 2-3-2 configuration on the Boeing 777-300ER. The seats are equipped with privacy panels, show stowage areas and footrest among other features. (Photo: Emirates)

The Economy Class has also been touched up in a new gray-blue palette colour scheme. These seats will be arranged in a 3-4-3 configuration and will have larger entertainment screens. Extra features include leather adjustable leather headrests.

The economy class has been refreshed in a new gray-blue colour palette. The seats are laid out in a 3-4-3 configuration and will be equipped with larger entertainment screens, adjustable leather headsets and more. (Photo: Emirates)

Passengers will not have to wait long to experience the luxury of these new suites and other classes. The airline plans to roll them out to customers from December 1 on the Dubai-Brussels and Dubai-Geneva route. Rollout on other routes is yet to be announced.

The new first class suites will be available for now only on the Boeing 777 fleet of Emirates. The seats are expected to be put in service from December 1. In photo, a Boeing 777-300 aircraft of Emirates. (Photo: Emirates)

The new suites are only expected on the Boeing 777s for the near future and the airline’s 777 fleet that includes 165 aircraft flies to six continents and over 140 cities from its hub at Dubai International Airport. It has further 164 777s on firm order which will include 150 of the new Boeing 777x aircraft. There are no plans announced as of now to put the suites on the Airbus A380 jumbo jets as well. However, the airline has considered the option of reducing first class suites on A380s from 14 to 11.

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