Emirates has completed a $150 million refit of its fleet of ten B777-200LRs.
The work has seen first class removed from the aircraft, and a wider business class seat added in a 2-2-2 layout – with four out of six seats in each row now having direct aisle access – along with a “fully refreshed economy class cabin”.
This is a departure from Emirates’ newest B777-300ERs, which continue to offer a 2-3-2 layout in business class, including an undesirable middle seat without aisle access.
The B777-200LRs operate on some of Emirates’ longest routes to destinations including Fort Lauderdale, Santiago, Sao Paulo and Adelaide.
Emirates is also in the process of retiring the last two of its B777-300 Classic aircraft (delivered in 2003), leaving it with a B777-300ER and B777-200LR Boeing fleet.
The airline plans to retire a total of seven B777 aircraft this year, while taking delivery of six A380s.
Emirates too delivery of its final B777-300ER late last year – the airline has ordered a total of 150 of the next-generation B777-8 and B777-9 aircraft, with deliveries set to start in 2020.