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.
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...