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Emirates launches its new luxury First Class Suites

Travel News Asia 2 December 2003

First Class suites valued at $125,000 each are being installed on Emirates latest jets - in keeping with the most luxurious of executive aircraft.

The award-winning airline is reinventing longhaul travel by investing $1.8 billion in its new fleet of Airbus A340-500s.

The biggest initiative in the airlines 18-year history is the arrival of the worlds first private First Class suites proving Emirates dedication to providing quality services to all passengers.

 

Emirates launches its new luxury First Class Suites
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Emirates Chairman, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, said today: Every traveller in every seat in every cabin will discover new levels of comfort on our longest flights. We are making our biggest investment yet in customer service to make them feel as comfortable in the air as they do at home.

Along with our award-winning crew and the red carpet treatment we give customers - on the ground as well as in the air - we are reinventing the entire longhaul travel experience as we make final preparations to start daily services to America.

 

Emirates launches its new luxury First Class Suites
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The suites will feature privacy screens which passengers can open or close at will and house massage-enabled leather seats which convert to flat beds, with comfort covers, cosy fabric sleeping suits and slippers, down pillows and cotton-lined blankets they guarantee travellers a good nights sleep.

These luxury suites also feature a dining table, built-in vanity table with mirror and overnight amenity kit. Extra luxuries include woollen blankets, hot towels, roomy wardrobes and even a special Do Not Disturb system.

Multi-course meals created by top international chefs can be ordered from an extensive menu at any time with a phone call to crew, and served in the comfort of the suite. Stylish sundries include hot toast and cappuccino coffee.

In Economy, where most Emirates customers travel, new contoured seats with adjustable footrests and winged headrests will incorporate wider backrest cushions and extra thigh support, making them more comfortable on even the longest flights. 

Seat pitch will be at least 33 inches, reclining by 6.5 inches. Specially designed pillows and warm blankets will allow passengers to get a good nights sleep, and large overhead lockers will mean generous storage space for cabin bags and personal items.

The new A340-500s are will be the first in the world to enter commercial service, and the initiatives to care for every customer on some of the worlds longest flights will give the Dubai-based carrier a unique edge on flights to the US, the worlds most competitive market. 

But everyone on board is set to benefit from its astonishing new ice inflight system (information, communication, entertainment), a world first featuring more than 500 channels of films, TV, music and games - three times as many as rival airlines.

Every seat in every cabin will be equipped with a phone which travellers can use to call anywhere in the world for just $5 a minute via the worlds most widely-used inflight phone system, or send and receive email and SMS for just $1 a message.

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