Emirates has revealed its new Boeing 777 business class seat, which will take to the skies from November on all new Boeing 777-300ER jets – and passengers in the middle seat have once again drawn the short straw.
There's plenty to like about the all-new design: the seats convert to a fully-flat bed, unlike the angled sleepers of today’s Boeing 777 business class, with a mini-bar and massive 23 inch personal video screen.
But, as expected, the 2-3-2 layout makes no allowance for direct aisle access by the passenger in the middle seat, who'll instead need to step past or over their seatmates to get to the aisle.
High walls between each 'pod' providing ample privacy, with the sidewall containing a small chilled minibar.
A recessed armrest area with seat controls doubles as a long surface for drinks and snacks, with a secondary ‘cocktail table’ at the end of the divider between seats.
The seat is positioned well back within its own space, with a large touchscreen IFE controller and adjustable reading light to one side, along with AC and USB power ports.
The cross-stitched leather seats borrow some hallmarks of high-end British automotive design, similar to the same cues as seen in British Airways’ new Boeing 787-9 first class.
And there's no escaping the excess of burled walnut veneer which trumpets the seat's Emirates parentage.
This video offers a guided tour of the new seat:
No retrofit for the rest of the Boeing 777 fleet
However, Emirates won't be retrofitting the new seat to its current Boeing 777 current fleet, which will be headed to pasture from 2020 once Emirates starts to fly the next-gen Boeing 777X as part of a sweeping overhaul.
Emirates has signed on the dotted line for 35 of the long-range Boeing 777-8X jets, which can carry 350 passengers, and a further 115 of the larger 400 seat but shorter-range 777-9X.
Emirates is also working on a new version of its current first class suites, which the airline has already described as "more like a private railway cabin".
The new "private bedroom" suite will first appear on the Airbus A380, with the Boeing 777 fleet to follow.
Tim Clark, President and CEO of Emirates, has previously said the "our new bedroom concept will take [privacy] to the next level.”
"We’re talking fully enclosed rooms, with all the touches and amenities that you’d expect in hotel or a private bedroom on a luxury yacht, room service and so on."
More AusBT stories on new business class seats:
- Qatar Airways to reveal 'Super Business Class' seat in November
- Singapore Airlines' new A380 first class, business class in 2017
- Singapore Airlines: 'all-new' business class for long-range A350
- Is this BA's next-gen Club World seat?
- New Malaysia Airlines business class set for Sydney launch
- Garuda gets new business class for Airbus A330s
- Lufthansa plans next-generation business class for Boeing 777-9X
- United Airlines: next-gen business class for new Boeing 777-300ERs
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