Travel

Emi­rates’ new Boe­ing 777 first-class suites are the ul­ti­mate in com­mer­i­cal air travel. We just hope they’re able to roll them out across their en­tire fleet without too much of a de­lay.

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As you’ll have un­doubt­edly heard, Emi­rates re­vealed its all-new first-class suites at the Dubai Air Show in Novem­ber. As hyped an event as it was, the crux of the mat­ter is that the new suites are ac­tu­ally an evo­lu­tion rather than a rev­o­lu­tion be­cause Emi­rates is stick­ing with a for­mat that has proven mighty pop­u­lar with dis­tin­guished fly­ers over the last decade and a half. What they did though is up­grade it with in­cre­men­tal re­fine­ment of al­most ev­ery de­tail – from the floor-to-ceil­ing doors and walls, to a full-length cup­board for hang­ing your clothes, to mood light­ing and tem­per­a­ture con­trols, to a handy pair of binoc­u­lars – so now it’s miles bet­ter in terms of pri­vacy, com­fort, and thought­ful lux­ury. “Emi­rates pi­o­neered the First Class pri­vate suite con­cept back in 2003, and to­day it’s the in­dus­try bench­mark when it comes to first class travel,” an­nounced Sir Tim Clark, the Pres­i­dent of Emi­rates, at the Air Show un­veil­ing. There’ll be just six suites per Boe­ing 777, and be­sides the all-im­por­tant doors, you can ex­pect to find a new Mer­cedes-benz-in­spired colour scheme of soft greys, cream, and cham­pagne (no more blingy lac­quered bird’s eye maple ve­neers and faux-gold metal), a seat that can be placed in a new ‘zero-grav­ity’ po­si­tion in­spired by NASA tech­nol­ogy to im­part a feel­ing of weight­less­ness and re­lax­ation, a 32-inch tele­vi­sion with 2,500 chan­nels, and even a but­ler’s win­dow so you can be served drinks and small plates without be­ing dis­turbed in the slight­est. The only pos­si­ble over­sight we could iden­tify was the fact that Emi­rates has made no ac­com­mo­da­tion for cou­ples, mean­ing you can’t com­bine two suites to make a larger one, and there’s no com­pan­ion seat should you wish to dine face-to-face. Con­se­quently, if you’d rather not ditch the spouse, then check out Sin­ga­pore’s new first class suites. In ev­ery other way though, Emi­rates comes out a win­ner.

Right: The six suites, which will have a start­ing price of around 18,000 USD, will be laid out in a 1-1-1 for­mat but don’t worry if you get stuck with a mid­dle aisle cabin, as they still come with win­dows, they’re just of the high-def va­ri­ety. In other...

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