The era of 2-3-2 business class is over – at least for Emirates – proclaims CEO Tim Clark, describing the Boeing 777 seating layout with a despised middle seat as "history".
"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.
"They'll all have mini-bars, 25 inch digital widescreens (and) cabinetry... the same config exactly," Clark said, although there's expected to be a refresh of the current A380 seat design in time for the Boeing 777X.
"We have introduced 2-2-2 on the Boeing 777-200LRs but they are at 72 inch (pitch), palatial in the cabin, so the step-over is not such a big problem."
"We're just dealing with the old fleet and then we will bring the new product across," he added.
Clark also shared first details of the airline's new premium economy class, which he described as a custom-designed 'sleeperette' seat with a 38-40 inch pitch to be fitted across the Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 fleet from 2020.