New suites feature Mercedes-Benz inspired layout, new amenities and total privacy
Flyers seeking a completely private flying experience may want to consider Emirates’ new first class product. Industry insiders at the Dubai Air Show were among the first to tour the new product, set to go into service by December 1.
The new suites will be exclusively installed on the airline’s ten new Boeing 777-300 aircraft, starting service on secondary routes to Belgium and Switzerland. According to Forbes, the six new suites (reduced from eight on current Boeing aircraft) were inspired by the interior of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class luxury sedan. Boeing, Rockwell Collins and Panasonic all worked with designers to bring the suites to life.
Those flying in one of the suites with windows will get binoculars to study the world from their seats, while those in interior suites will have “virtual” windows: a live video projection from cameras facing outwards. In-flight entertainment will be presented through a 32-inch LCD television, with optimized sound from Bowers & Wilkins noise-cancelling headphones. Luxury brand Bulgari will provide amenity kits, featuring the airline’s “Hydra Active” moisturizing pajamas and Byredo fragrance and skincare products.
The suites excel in offering luxury travelers’ privacy when flying in the front of the aircraft. Each suite has ceiling-to-floor doors, with food and refreshments delivered through openings. Instead of ringing a call button, suite passengers can video chat live with their flight attendant. Each suite is built for one person – meaning couples traveling together will not be able to occupy the same space.
In addition to reducing the number of suites, Emirates will scrap several other features to create an exclusive experience, including the first class bar and lounge. The new products will only be available on the carrier’s new Boeing 777 aircraft, with no plans to add them to their existing fleet of 777 or Airbus A30 aircraft in the future.