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Emirates airline to revamp some A380s

Airline looking to increase seating capacity on some routes by removing first class

  • By Alexander CornwellStaff Reporter
  • Published: 16:21 December 10, 2014



Dubai; Emirates, the world’s largest airline by international passenger traffic, is dropping first class from some of its Airbus A380’s at a time when Gulf carriers are competing on luxury products. The airline will switch to a two-class business and economy configuration from late next year on some of its superjumbos, a spokesperson confirmed on Wednesday. Emirates can fly between 489 and 519 passengers in its current thee class configuration.

The two-class A380s will fly on select routes where the airline is more likely to fill economy and business class seats over its premium product.

“There are some routes that don’t require first class,” said Shaikh Majid Al Mualla, Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations — Centre at Emirates, in an interview.

Emirates has not named the routes; however, one destination could be Mumbai, the only Indian city it flies the A380 to. There are around one million Indian expatriates living in the UAE, made up mostly of labour workers that could fill the cheaper economy seats.

It’s not clear what the impact the two-class configuration will have on the amenities currently offered on Emirates’ A380s. Emirates introduced the on-board shower with its first A380 it received six years ago and has since introduced a bar. The additional seats in the two-class configuration are likely to add to the weight of the aircraft.

However, first class will still be available on some of Emirates’ A380 fleet, which will reach 57 aircraft by the end of this year, and will “very soon” introduce a new bedroom concept to the premium class.

“It’s … based on our [first class] cabin but more as a room concept and private,” Al Mualla said.

Emirates is still finalising the planning for its bedroom concept and is yet to commit on the seating layout.

But Al Mualla said its bedroom concept could mean a cut in the number of economy seats available on the three-class A380s.

Etihad Airways is expected to unveil its first A380 next week, which features The Residence, a three-bedroom suite that comes with a dedicated butler. Tickets for The Residence from Abu Dhabi to London are $20,000 and the first sets of flights are booked out, according to Etihad President and Chief Executive James Hogan.

Emirates’ new bedrooms will not include a butler service, Al Mualla said.


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Quem diria, até mesmo a Emirates vê que não há como ter First em todas as rotas e está seguindo a Lufthansa , que a tempos mudou esse conceito e usa First somente em rotas exclusivas....e a pequenina LATAM, que tb decidiu tirar a furte, infelizmente de todas as rotas, no caso

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E para BOM, imagina o drama dos comissários!


Quero ver o comentário da AlphaSix sobre isso [emoji23]



Por ai, e cada vez mais usando esse Tapatalk

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A AA fez o corte seletivo também, deixando GRU e LON como suas bases de concentração de novas aeronaves e F.

Enviado do meu iPad usando Tapatalk

HKG também que eu saiba. Ja Tokyo nao tenho certeza.

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Felizmente já tem 8 meses que não vou pra aquelas bandas. Obrigada, mas eu passo. :eba:


Kkkkk fair enough! [emoji6]



Por ai, e cada vez mais usando esse Tapatalk

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