An Emirates A380 Airbus on approach to land at Heathrow.
Steve Lynes from Sandshurst, United Kingdom, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Emirates to showcase four-class A380 at Bahrain Airshow

LONDON – In a recent announcement from UAE’s Emirates, it’s announced that the Gulf airline will display their latest four-class Airbus A380 aircraft at the Bahrain International Airshow, from November 9 to November 11.

Anticipated display


From November 9 to November 11, Bahrain International Airshow will be underway and a big guest is set to take part as Emirates (EK) just recently announced the attendance of their latest four-class Airbus A380 aircraft.

Alongside the A380, Emirates’ Flight Academy smaller Embraer Phenom 100EV jet is also set to feature the show, featuring instructors on hand, to provide tours of the academy aircraft.

The Super-Jumbo has made its appearance at the Bahrain International Airshow two times earlier, of which it attracted roughly 11,000 visitors, who experienced Emirates’ then latest cabins and innovations.

For this year however, things are to look a bit more different than what it did previously, as the four-class A380 of Emirates is still rare, though an increasing aircraft configuration within their fleet.

The four-class A380 product displayed this year, will give visitors a view over the latest products, including refreshed cabins, its popular newest generation OnBoard Lounge and Shower Spa, as well as the recently introduced Emirates Premium Economy Class, which features 56 seats in a 2-4-2 configuration together with a generous amount of seat pitch and other passenger comfort features.

Needless to say, the Emirates A380 display is expected to make a great impression on the airshow this year.

Cabin refitting in progress


At the very first day of November, Emirates initiated their anticipated cabin overhaul program and sent the first A380 to their engineering hangar for a complete retrofit.

The ambitious cabin refit program is a result of a multi-million dollar investment, with the goals of ensuring Emirates’ customers to fly better in the future years.

The focus point of the programme is to completely refit the passenger cabin, and implement Emirates’ latest Premium Economy Class-seats, which are available on a small number of A380’s already, however only available on select routes.

Completed test runs with an actual Airbus A380 aircraft, led to the request for 2,200 part numbers by the Emirates Engineers, which later left Emirates with an overdrive of the procurement team and 12,600 purchase orders for the initial phase of the project.

The entire program is estimated to be finished and with all serviced aircraft back in the air by March 2025.

Currently, the first A380 in for cabin refitting, is estimated to be done in around a week, from the time of writing, given the 2-week estimate that Emirates gave with the official press release.

All A380 aircraft scheduled for this refitting are estimated to be back in the air by late May 2024, after which Emirates will begin refitting their Boeing 777-300ER fleet.

Overall


The A380 of Emirates is as mentioned, expected to make a great attraction at this year’s Bahrain Airshow, especially judging by the fact that their new product is available for display.

Emirates still stands as the worlds largest A380 operator, and as one of the best airlines in the world, so the A380 display will most likely also act as a great PR-move for their new products

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