It’s official – Emirates is to offer in-flight showers on its new A380 aircraft, and we’ve got the seat plans to prove it.

Emirates’ new A380 service, to be unveiled next Monday in Hamburg, will be the first commercial aircraft to have onboard showers. As you can see from the seat plan below, there are two showers upstairs at the front of the aircraft for the 14 first class passengers on board.

Since Emirates is keeping the exact details under wraps until next week, details are scarce, including how cabin staff will extricate a passenger mid-shower if turbulence occurs. The “Shower Spas” include the use of “Timeless shower kits” which come in two versions – Revive and Relax.

The A380 is being delivered to Emirates at Hamburg on Monday, with a delivery flight to Dubai taking place the same day. The first commercial flights will be on August 1 and August 3 (see online news June 9), and will operate in a three-class first, business and economy layout.

Between the end of July 2008 and March 2009, Emirates will take delivery of five A380s which, after New York, will begin to appear on routes linking Dubai with London Heathrow, Sydney and Auckland.

Speaking exclusively to Business Traveller and ABTN, John Leahy, chief operating officer (customers) for Airbus, said: “We’re pleased the A380 is coming to New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles because it’s the beginning of it coming to all the cities of the world. It’s the plane for our time, and it will be shown and flown around the world.”

All told, Emirates has put its name down for 58 of the A380s at a list price of US$18.8 billion, which is by far the largest order by any airline.

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