Emirates Reveals First Destinations for Refurbished Boeing 777s

An Emirates Boeing 777 in flight.
Photo Credit: Emirates

Emirates has announced the initial destinations for its newly refurbished Boeing 777 aircraft, featuring state-of-the-art cabin interiors.

Geneva, Tokyo Haneda, and Brussels will be the first cities to experience these revamped widebody aircraft.

They now offer passengers enhanced Premium Economy options and introduce Emirates’ next-generation Business Class seats in a cutting-edge 1-2-1 configuration.

Emirates Boeing 777 – 4 Classes

Adnan Kazim, Deputy President and Chief Commercial Officer of Emirates Airline, shared his enthusiasm for the new offerings.

“Our retrofitted Boeing 777s allow us to bring our highly acclaimed Premium Economy product to more cities. They offer greater seating variety across four classes.”

“Inspired by our A380 flagship, these aircraft provide exceptional comfort with modern design elements and signature finishes.”

“The new Business Class cabin enhances privacy and showcases our unwavering commitment to delivering outstanding value to our customers.”

An Emirates Boeing 777 in flight.
Photo Credit: Emirates

Flight Scheduling

The upgraded Boeing 777 products will make their debut on the following routes:

– Geneva: EK 83/84 from August 11

– Tokyo Haneda: EK 312/313 from September 1

– Brussels: EK 183/184 from September 11

These strategically selected routes represent key markets for Emirates, where the demand for premium travel experiences is particularly high.

By introducing these enhanced products on these routes, Emirates is positioning itself to meet and exceed the expectations of discerning travelers in these regions.

The Interior Refurbishment Process

The refurbishment process for these aircraft is nothing short of impressive. Starting July 1, the first Boeing 777 will undergo an intensive two-week interior renovation.

This comprehensive overhaul includes upgrading the First Class cabin and installing 38 new Business Class seats. The makeover also adds 24 Premium Economy seats, and refreshing 256 Economy Class seats.

The new Business Class is a particular highlight of the refurbishment. It features spacious 20.7-inch wide seats that convert into fully flat beds, with a generous 44-inch pitch.

The innovative staggered seating arrangement ensures direct aisle access for all passengers. Business travelers and those seeking extra comfort and privacy highly will value this feature.

Each seat is equipped with a state-of-the-art touch screen controller, with an expansive 23-inch HD screen. This is one of the largest currently in airline service. It also sees a personal mini-bar, and ample storage space for personal items.

These thoughtful amenities are designed to create a personalized and comfortable space for each passenger.

Altogether, the UAE carrier plans to refurbish a total of 81 Boeing 777 aircraft. This forms part of its massive US$3 billion investment in upgrading its widebody fleet.

This program will ultimately see 191 aircraft receiving significant upgrades. Notably, it is one of the largest known retrofit initiatives in the aviation industry.

Interior of Emirates Premium Economy cabin.
Photo Credit: Emirates

Emirates A380 Operations

While the Boeing 777 refurbishment is making headlines, it’s worth noting that Emirates is also making strides with its A380 fleet.

The airline currently operates refurbished A380s with Premium Economy to 17 cities worldwide, including major hubs like New York JFK, London Heathrow, and Sydney.

This widespread deployment of Premium Economy seating reflects the growing demand for a middle ground between Economy and Business Class, offering passengers more choices and flexibility in their travel arrangements.

An Airbus A380 under tow at dusk.
Photo Credit: Airbus


Looking ahead, Emirates has set an ambitious goal to serve over 36 destinations with Premium Economy by February 2025.

This expansion will be facilitated by the introduction of A350 aircraft to the fleet beginning in September of this year, as well as the continued rollout of more refurbished A380s and Boeing 777s.

As Emirates continues to invest in its fleet and expand its premium offerings, passengers around the world can look forward to experiencing new levels of comfort and luxury in the skies.

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