By Staff writer
New seat which can be electrically moved into a fully flat sleeping position will make debut on Boeing 777 later this year
Emirates Airline has announced plans to unveil its new Business Class seat next week, ahead of its commercial debut later this year.
The new seat, which has a pitch of 72 inches and can be electrically moved into a fully flat sleeping position at 180 degrees, will be revealed at ITB Berlin, the international travel trade show which takes place from March 9-13.
The seat is set to make its commercial debut on Emirates’ 170th Boeing 777 aircraft, a -300ER version which the airline expects to receive in November 2016.
“Our current Boeing 777 Business Class seats are already an industry-leading premium product, and what this new seat does is to take that design and comfort to the next level. We gave the seat a fresh and modern look, retained all the existing features that our customers love and added a few more, while improving the seating and sleeping comfort,” said Sir Tim Clark, president, Emirates Airline.
“We believe this new Business Class seat further strengthens the experience and value proposition for our premium customers. We are very excited about the arrival of our first Boeing 777 later this year with the new seats, and to see how our customers will respond to it, which I’m optimistic will be positive,” he added.
The design and shape of Emirates’ new Business Class seat was inspired by the interior of a modern sports car.
The updated seat layout and additional amenities feature a conveniently located mini-bar, one of the industry’s largest personal TV screens at 23 inches, and the latest touchscreen controller for the seat and ice inflight entertainment system.
Customers will have a USB port to charge their devices, a HDMI port to stream content from their personal devices directly onto the IFE screen, as well as improved lighting options for reading as well as relaxing in their seat.
Emirates has also redesigned the privacy panel between seats, the literature pocket, foot rest, shoe stowage area, and expanded the personal meal table.
Emirates said it will retain its current seat layout of 2-3-2 across its Boeing 777 Business Class cabins, as well the total number of Business Class seats per aircraft at 42. All newly delivered Boeing 777s after the arrival of the first aircraft in November will have these new seats on-board.
The seats are being manufactured by the United States-based B/E Aerospace at their facilities in Ireland and North Carolina in the US.
Emirates is the world’s largest operator of Boeing 777s with 155 in its fleet at present, and a further 188 on order.