Emirates reveals new first class suites layout

By David Flynn, May 30 2017
Emirates reveals new first class suites layout

Emirates will trim the number of first class suites from eight down to six and adopt a 1-1-1 layout for the luxe cribs, compared to today's 1-2-1 configuration.

The fewer-but-larger suites will be unveiled in early November at the Dubai Air Show and debut on a Boeing 777-300ER.

"What our customers will see on Emirates' new 777s starting from November will be a much bigger revamp that takes our onboard experience to the next level," teases Emirates president Sir Tim Clark.

The seating chart shows how the new suites will appear on Emirates' website when passengers book their first class ride...

 ... although this oddball layout will undoubtedly make more sense once the cabin is properly revealed.

The Gulf powerhouse has already offered several hints at what the suites will look like, with Clark previously referencing "a private bedroom on a luxury yacht" – the same design ethos applied to Emirates' new A380 inflight bar (below).

We're expecting the suites – which will be larger than their modern counterparts – will likewise swap today's dark palette of brown faux 'burled walnut' and brass trim for a light contemporary colour scheme of ivory and (appropriately) champagne, with subtle metal and woodgrain accents.

Emirates has also spoken of the new suites as being similar to a "private railway cabin", which harkens back to a different era of luxury travel but still has relevance today.

Singapore Airlines is also treading the fewer-but-bigger path for its new-look Airbus A380 first class suites, which will see six of the suites rather than today's 12, as well as having first class relocated onto the upper deck of the new superjumbo fleet.


David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

This sounds very promising. The 1-1-1 layouts will be more spacious than the previous product (which, whilst nice, wasn't overly roomy). We'll probably see it on EK's 777-X's too, but who knows.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

31 Aug 2012

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Good to see Emirates not following the trend to eliminate F cabins!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

23 Oct 2013

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I'm guessing that seats 1E and 2F will be in the middle but the odd placement that can be seen on Expert Flyer is instead hinting at where the doors will be meaning that only 3 seats will open into each aisle.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

02 Jul 2011

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Although you'd think EF would be shown as a block in that case.

29 Mar 2014

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I'm thinking 2F and 2K may be a Residence-style 2-person suite perhaps? Wild, but interesting idea.

02 Jul 2011

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Glad they're getting bigger. I tried EK First last month and wasn't impressed with the size and layout. 

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11 Mar 2015

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so what is the big reveal?A plan where the suits might be?When you have details like pictures etc than it's a reveal-thanks....EK

31 Mar 2016

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Given that this is gonna be F suite for sure, I don't think that seat map is visibly showing the actual physical location /layout of each seat.  The seat symbol is there simply to align with the overall seat numbering system in the cabin.....a typical practice among airlines to simply help pax to choose 1 F suite relative to another 1.  It's not an indication of the precise layout /orientation of that seat inside each suite....i.e. that seat map is not a precise technical blueprint for cabin floor layout re seats/suites.

On the other hand, I expect EK's new F suite will be in a staggered layout(1E and 2F between the aisles are the clue) probably with separate bed/sofa PLUS a conventional seat.....in other words, a variation of EY's F Apartment.

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