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Emirates' all-new first class suites for its Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 flagships remain under lock and key, but the Gulf powerhouse has already offered several hints at what the luxe cribs will look like.
"Private luxury yachts" is the first clue, and it's expected to be the north star of Emirates' design vision for the swish second-gen suites.
Emirates CEO Tim Clark has previously referenced "a private bedroom on a luxury yacht" for the new-look suites, which are expected to take to the skies in late 2017.
Clark returned to that motiff last week in revealing Emirates' new A380 inflight bar (below), saying "we have taken inspiration from private yacht cabins."
It's fair to expect that the revamped bar will share some design DNA with the new first class suites.
So in the same way that bar has swapped its dark palette of brown faux 'burled walnut' and brass trim...
... to a lighter, contemporary colour scheme of ivory and (appropriately) champagne, with far more subtle metal and woodgrain accents...
... it's not a stretch to imagine a similar sophisticated transformation for suites at the pointy end of the A380 and the Boeing 777-300ER.
Consider this PR shot of today's Emirates A380 first class suite...
... then 'de-bling' it in the same way as Emirates has done to the A380 bar, with softer tones and finishes to open it up.
You can bank on modern touches such as ambient LED lighting, shown here in detail from the A380 bar.
(Also like the styled-up superjumbo bar and Boeing 777-300ER business class seats, Emirates' 2017 first class suites are expected to be restricted to brand new jets headed from factory to hangar while the existing fleet will make do with the original suites design.)
Emirates' second design reference for the new suites is that of a "private railway cabin", which harkens back to a different era of luxury travel but still has relevance today.
British Airways channeled the same spirit for its current first class cabins:
The long panoramic windows are the most obvious nod to the grand days of rail – even though they're just a visual conceit, with the blinds opening to reveal your standard oval-shaped aircraft window.
As Emirates' new A380 lounge will sport "window blinds with integrated LED mood lighting", that same tech-forward touch is almost a cert for the first class suites.
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