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Today, Emirates announced that all its Boeing 777s will be refitted with its new ‘next-generation’ seat. Let’s go over it in detail.

Emirates plans to refurbish 81 Boeing 777s as part of its retrofit program and will soon announce more destinations offering the airline’s latest products. In total, 191 aircraft are earmarked for a complete revamp, representing an investment of over US$3 billion in delivering the best customer experience.

What can we expect from Emirates new seats?

The seat in question, according to Executive Traveller (pictures taken from them) is most likely going to be the French multinational aerospace specialist Safran.

  1. All Business Class seats on the newly refurbished Boeing 777 focus on personalised privacy and elevated comfort,
  2. Converting to a comfortable flat bed,
  3. 20.7-inch wide seats pitched up to 44 inches apart.
  4. Aisle access for every seat.
  5. The seat is accentuated with a touchscreen seat controller for in-flight entertainment and seat operation,
  6. A personal 23-inch HD screen, one of the biggest in the skies, linked to the airline’s award-winning ice entertainment system.
  7. In addition to a personal mini-bar,
  8. A large table,
  9. Ample stowage for personal devices,
  10. Charging outlets and much more. 

The Boeing 777 Business Class cabin will also include a small bar for customers to quickly grab mid-flight snacks and refreshments.

a plane with seats and windows emirates
Emirates new next-generation seat.

Emirates new next-generation seat routes:

The new seats are expected to be on the following routes: Geneva, Tokyo Haneda and Brussels. The first upgraded Emirates Boeing 777 products will operate on the following services:

  1. ·       EK 83/84 to and from Geneva from 11 August
  2. ·       EK 312/313 to and from Tokyo Haneda from 1 September
  3. ·       EK 183/184 to and from Brussels from 11 September

COO Adnan Kazim:

“With the addition of the newly retrofitted Boeing 777s to our fleet, we’re capturing the opportunity to introduce our highly acclaimed products like Premium Economy to more cities already served by this aircraft type in our network, in addition to more seating variety in four classes. Borrowing inspiration from our flagship A380 in every cabin, our Boeing 777 with revamped interiors boast the very best in customer comfort and will feature modern design details and signature cabin finishings, with a new Business Class cabin that provides more privacy for our customers in addition to other thoughtful touches that underscore our exceptional value proposition. Our investment and intense focus on offering the best possible product across every cabin class also ensures we provide a consistent experience on both the Boeing 777s and A380s.”

a row of seats in an airplane
Emirates new next-generation seat.

According to Emirates, starting on 1 July, the first Emirates Boeing 777 will undergo a nose-to-tail cabin interior facelift, which will take approximately two weeks before the aircraft goes back into service. Emirates plans include

  1. Refurbishing the first-class cabin
  2. Installing 38 new business class seats in an updated 1-2-1 seating configuration (down from 42)
  3. Install 24 of the latest Premium Economy seats
  4. 256 Economy Class seats.

In total, 81 Boeing 777s will be refurbished as part of Emirates investment in its retrofit programme, and more destinations to be served with the airline’s latest products will be announced over the next few months. Emirates has earmarked 191 aircraft for a complete revamp as part of the largest known retrofit programme in the industry, an investment of over US$3 billion to deliver the best products and customer experience in the air.


Emirates currently operates its refurbished A380 aircraft fitted with Premium Economy to New York JFK, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, London Heathrow, Sydney, Auckland, Christchurch, Melbourne, Singapore, Mumbai, Bangalore, Sao Paulo, Tokyo Narita, Osaka and Dubai.

The airline aims to serve over 36 cities with Premium Economy by February 2025. The A350 will enter its fleet in September of this year, and more refurbished A380s and Boeing 777s will roll into service and fly to more cities in the coming months.

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