Emirates Airline will drop its prestigious first class suites from some Airbus A380s as the airline moves to a two-class version of the superjumbo.
The redesigned A380s will carry 615 passengers across its business and economy cabins – an increase of 126 passengers from Emirates' original A380 configuration fitted with 399 economy seats, and up 98 from a later config which boasted 427 economy seats.
All 14 private first class suites in Emirates' flagship A380 will be dropped, along with the two showers reserved for passengers at the pointy end.
It's believed the business class cabin will be downsized from 76 seats to just 58, with a whopping 557 passengers in economy, although the business class bar on the upper deck will remain.
Emirates president Tim Clark confirmed the move at a press conference in Copenhagen today, where he announced that the first of the two-class A380s would debut on the Dubai-Copenhagen route from December 1.
Emirates will retain its original three-class A380 layout for the most profitable long-haul routes, while using additional two-class A380 to serve selected markets where there's a high demand for seats, but not at high prices.
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