By Anil Bhoyrul and Sean Cronin
UPDATE 1: Economy class footrests go but Business class get individual mini-bars.
Footrests have been removed from economy class in Emirates planes in a bid to save weight as aviation fuel costs rocket, it was confirmed on Monday.
Terry Daly, senior vice president of service delivery at Airbus, said footrests had already been removed and Tom Enders, company CEO, added: "We are trying to reduce the weight of these planes by two tons and we hope to do this by 2012. We are looking at a whole range of measures."
The move comes after Emirates had already ditched in-flight magazines on its new A380 super jumbos to try to improve fuel efficiency.
But it was revealed on Monday that passengers in first class on the A380 will benefit from a shower spa while business class has a lounge area with a bar plus each seat in business has its own mini-bar.
The surging price of oil, which reached a record $147.12 a barrel on July 11, has forced airlines around the world to look at ways of boosting fuel efficiency while reducing payloads.
Emirates, which aims to be the world's largest airline by 2015, last week revealed it's new superjumbo which will take off for its maiden flight from Hamburg tomorrow, will be paperless.
The decision to ditch in-flight magazines will save the carrier 2 kilos per seat on every flight.
Emirates is unveiling its first fully customised A380 later this morning to the world´s media. Sources suggest the entire top deck of the plane has been devoted to business and first class seating. It is also believed that just four of the new A380s will be delivered to Emirates this year.
This is great, I suggest they also remove the seats!! (only in economy class of course).
That's good ... really good ... But back to reality - why do First Class passengers need a SHOWER SPA, or Business Class passengers a LOUNGE AREA with a BAR ??? It's not only them paying for the air fare - economy ticket prices won't be cheap when travelling with the A380 ... Which I will have to think twice about now ... It is just simply a shame ...
So have EK declared the weight of the water that they will have to carry for the showers ? How many sessions of 'x' minutes have they allowed for ? It is a lot of water & weight to carry if the privileged few decide to remain a' bit grubby' like rest of us ...... and a complete waste of fuel !
EK should either remove the facilities or keep them in and increases the fare. It seems they are taking both options at the same time. Pay more and suffer more for first class. And if you think this will reduce the weight, well, you're wrong. Of course it is very necessary to have weighty spa for the first class, instead of offering them some more electronic gadgets which everyone will love to have during the flight time, isn't it?
Next is what? I'm obese. This is shivering my spine with fear A question to EK : will I have to pay for 2 persons for my excess weight?
Wow!!! A spa in a plane , its going to cost BIG MONEY!!
Thanks emirates, With my company we have been doing flights to dubai from NYC for past 2 years. Looks like no more on this one, taking off Mag/papers/reading material? Someone needs to do a little customer research before coming up with absurd ideas of putting showers but being "paperless". May be next thing will be toilet paper.
May be EK can reduce the following No of pilots by 2 . Since it is now become paperless they can try pilot less plane that would reduce about 140 KG per trip. Crew need to wear only t-shirts. Additionally they can also admit only 50% of the passengers to fly by which they can reduce 50% of the passenger weight. Instead of taking off from Dubai airport they can try running the Aircraft on the road till the country's border is over then they can fly.
Ok, so we have the A380 after so much of hype and the pilots boasting it being state-of-the-art etc. etc. But economy class passengers will have no footrest!!! I simply can not understand, why not they scrap the entire economy class and run this only as first / business class airline! Gotcha, you still need the economy class to cover the extras of the first / business classes???
the article mentioned that the A-380 will be paperless.. on today's gulfnews website there are pictures from inside the cabin, showing the 'standard pack' of magazins in ECO class.. if the airlines really want to save weight - ditch the duty-free items from onboard, how many peole still buy, have them ready at the gate when you arrive (also for safety..), does it need marble in first class spa-facilities, yes it looks nice but is much more heavier than other material.. the plane looks excellent and i look forward to fly with it, but rather than having straight walls in eco - which comes auto. as it's a double-decker, more leg-space would be an absolute seller!!!