Emi­rates

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kept up the pace with the launch of a se­ries of new cabin prod­ucts and en­hance­ments this year for both its Air­bus A380 and Boe­ing 777 fleets, in­clud­ing a new-look On­board Lounge for the flag­ship A380.

Pres­i­dent Sir Tim Clark said at the ITB Berlin travel show: “The A380 On­board Lounge is hugely pop­u­lar with our cus­tomers, and has be­come an iconic fea­ture. Par­tic­u­larly on long-haul flights, pas­sen­gers tell us they ap­pre­ci­ate the op­por­tu­nity to stretch their legs and min­gle in the re­laxed yet classy area.

“In our lat­est re­vamp, we have taken in­spi­ra­tion from pri­vate yacht cab­ins, and among other touches have in­creased the seat­ing space and also made it more in­ti­mate and con­ducive for pas­sen­gers to so­cial­ize.”

The new lounge will ac­com­mo­date up to 26 pas­sen­gers at a time and is cur­rently be­ing in­stalled on one of Emi­rates’ new A380s at Air­bus. It will make its op­er­a­tional de­but in July 2017 with new seat­ing ar­eas, each with a ta­ble and win­dow view.

Emi­rates will also in­tro­duce sound­proof cur­tains to par­ti­tion the On­board Lounge area from the other cab­ins and in­stall ad­di­tional soft light­ing, new win­dow blinds with in­te­grated LED mood light­ing, and sub­woofers for sur­round sound. Other en­hance­ments are be­ing an­nounced later.

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