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Emirates Inches Closer to New Fleet

June 15, 2007 By: Jennifer Merritt Travel Agent

Emirates Airlines recently unveiled multi-million dollar investment plans to its Boeing 777 fleet, stating the upgrade would "cement its leadership in providing 'best in the air' travel experiences in all classes." This August, the Dubai-based airline is introducing private suites in first class; lie-flat massage seats with more personal space in business class; and economy seats with extra legroom. Across all classes, Emirates said it is installing the industry's largest personal TV screens.

Over the next 18 months, Emirates will receive 24 new aircraft outfitted with these amenities and also will revamp its existing Boeing 777 long-haul fleet. The airline said it has worked to establish "corporate jet quality" in its first class cabins, with private suites offering more stowage room, bigger personal wardrobe, leather upholstery and a high cabin ceiling. In business class, seats will recline to a 78" long lie-flat bed with high privacy dividers. In addition to more legroom, Emirates' economy class soon will offer adjustable winged headrests and wide flat footrests.

"To put the scale of our investment into perspective, in the next 18 months, we will spend about AED 180 million just to install our enhanced first class product onboard the brand new aircraft we are receiving," said Tim Clark, president of the airline. "This figure does not include the enhancements in other classes of travel, or the retrofit program," he added. Visit [].

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