Business class travellers between Adelaide and Dubai will experience Emirates' latest and less-squeezy business class seat from October 28.
One of Emirates' revamped Boeing 777-200LR jets with 2-2-2 seating in business class will replace the Gulf airlines' Boeing 777-300ER – with the 2-3-2 middle seat layout – from October 28 to November 30 2018, as well as February 1 to April 15 2019.
The Boeing 777-300 will return to the route across December 2018 and January 2019 to cope with higher passenger numbers during the summer holiday season.
A spokesperson for Emirates confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that "when Adelaide is operated by the (Boeing) 777-200LR, it will have the 2-2-2 new business class seat."
The business class seats on the upgraded Boeing 777-200LR jets are two inches wider than on the Boeing 777-300ERs (22.5 inches versus 20.5 inches) and dressed in the airline's current champagne leather finish and diamond stitch pattern.
Other creature comforts include a larger 23" video screen for every passenger and, towards the rear of the business class cabin, a self-serve snack bar featuring sandwiches, crisps, fruit and drinks.
Emirates has also removed the overhead bins previously located above the centre seats to give the cabin "an airier and more spacious feel" – although this will obviously put carry-on space at a premium, as passengers in those two middle seats will have to share the same bins as window-side travellers.
However, the revamped Boeing 777-200LRs have also lost their first class suites to an expanded business class cabin.
Adelaide's aircraft change is part of a sweeping shuffle of Emirates' network which will also see the axing of three daily Airbus A380 services from Sydney and Melbourne to Dubai, with the superjumbos being replaced by Boeing 777-300ER jets.
Moving beyond the Boeing 777's business class, Emirates CEO Tim Clark says the 2-2-2 middle seat layout is "history" and future business class seats will be based on the airline's Airbus A380 product (below).
"What you see on the upper deck of the A380 is what's going to be in all our cabins from now on," Clark told Australian Business Traveller on the sidelines of the IATA aviation summit in Sydney earlier this year.
"They'll all have mini-bars, 25 inch digital widescreens (and) cabinetry... the same config exactly," Clark added, although there's expected to be a refresh of the current A380 seat design in time for the Boeing 777X.
Emirates will also launch an all-new premium economy cabin in 2020, with what Clark described as a custom-designed 'sleeperette" seat with a 38-40 inch pitch.
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