Emirates announces retrofit programme for widebody aircraft

Emirates Airways has announced a retrofit programme for 105 of its modern widebody aircraft.

Conducted at Emirates’ “state-of-the-art Engineering Centre” in Dubai, the 18-month programme will see 52 of the airline’s A380s and 53 Boeing 777s fitted with its new ‘Premium Economy’ product.

The new cabin will feature 19.5 inch-wide seats that can recline 8 inches into a “comfortable cradle position with ample room to stretch out”, as well as a 6-way adjustable headrest, calf rest, footrest, in-seat charging points, a dining table and side cocktail table.

“Emirates is investing in this retrofit programme to ensure that we continue to serve our customers’ needs, and provide the best experiences in the sky,” said Emirates Airline’s president Sir Tim Clark.

“As Emirates has done with our signature First, Business and full-service Economy travel experiences, we intend to further develop our Premium Economy into a distinctive Emirates experience that is unmatched in the industry. We are also considering a brand-new Business Class product.

It is also a source of pride that the entire retrofit project will be conducted at our home base in Dubai. It demonstrates the strong aviation capabilities that has been built up within Emirates and the broader UAE ecosystem to support such a highly specialised and technical programme.”

Emirates said it is also considering installing a new business class product on its Boeing 777 aircraft, with customised seats in a 1-2-1 layout.

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