Arrivals & Departures Mercedes-Benz inspires Emirates Boeing 777's new look

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A first-look inside Emirates multi-million-dollar upgrade to the interiors of its Boeing 777 aircraft reveals new first class private suites and a business class with flat bed and personal minibar. We can all dream, right?

Emirates unveiled the refreshed interiors this week with the new private suites at the centre. First class now offers more than 3.7sqm of fully enclosed personal space, laid out in a 1-1-1 configuration.

And don’t worry if you get the middle aisle: you will still get a view through a virtual window which projects the view from outside the aircraft using real time cameras. In the other suites, binoculars are available for passengers who want to explore the sky outside their windows. 

The designers took inspiration from the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors, soft leather seating, high-tech control panels and mood lighting. 

The partnership with the car manufacturer also extends to chauffeur-drive service, with first-class passengers arriving or departing in the UAE in a Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

It’s not just the front of the plane that’s been transformed, though. Business and economy have both been refitted, along with the walkways, washrooms and galleys. There's also an upgraded in-flight entertainment systems in all cabins. 

“Aside from our new fully enclosed private suites, business class features our latest fully flat leather seats with personal minibars, economy class seats have adjustable full leather headrests, and the in-flight entertainment system has been upgraded for all cabin classes,” Emirates Airline president Tim Clark said.

In business class, seats also take inspiration from the car world, with a diamond-stitch pattern on the leather cover inspired by a modern sports car. The seat has a pitch of 72in and moves into a fully flat sleeping position.

Emirates hasn’t forgotten the bulk of us though, with the economy cabin now featuring ergonomically designed seats with full leather headrests that have flexible side panels and can be adjusted vertically for support. 

In-seat screens feature ultra-wide viewing angles, a touch screen, LED backlight and full HD display. 

The new-look Emirates 777 aircraft will begin flying on December 1, debuting on flights to Geneva and Brussels.

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