Emirates Airline will axe its prestigious first class suites on some Airbus A380s from late next year.
An Emirates exec confirmed the move, previously touted by airline CEO Tim Clark in 2013, in which the two-class A380s would be fitted only with business and economy cabins and retain the upper deck bar.
Emirates' current superjumbo configuration sees 14 first class suites and 76 business class seats on the upper deck, with the entire lower deck given over to economy.
The airline would retain its original three-class A380 layout for the most profitable long-haul routes, while using additional two-class A380 to serve selected markets with where there's a high demand for seats, but not at high prices.
“There are some routes that don’t require first class,” Shaikh Majid Al Mualla, Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, told GulfNews.
Emirates is Airbus' biggest customer for the A380, with 53 superjumbos already in its fleet and 87 still on order.
Follow Australian Business Traveller on Twitter: we're @AusBT
About David Flynn
David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.