Emirates Announces Extensive Fleet Refurbishment & A350 Rollout

Emirates is embarking on a significant journey to redefine the passenger experience across its fleet.


  • With a focus on innovation, comfort, and sustainability, the airline is set to undergo an extensive fleet refurbishment while introducing new destinations served by its latest Airbus A350 aircraft.
  • The ambitious refurbishment program encompasses 43 Airbus A380s and 28 Boeing 777 aircraft, expanding Emirates’ retrofit program to a total of 191 aircraft.
  • Originally targeting 120 aircraft for refurbishment, the airline’s decision is to increase the initiative.
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The refurbishment work, managed entirely in-house at Emirates’ Engineering Centre, involves over 250 project personnel working in collaboration with 31 major partners and suppliers. The project aims to refresh cabin interiors, introduce updated seating configurations, and enhance overall comfort and aesthetics across all classes. Once completed, the revamped fleet will feature next-generation Premium Economy seats, refreshed First Class suites, upgraded Business Class seats, and improved Economy Class cabins.

We’re topping up our multi-billion dollar investment in the retrofit program to introduce cutting-edge cabin products on more of our A380s and Boeing 777s,” he stated. “This demonstrates our clear commitment to ensuring that passengers enjoy a superior travel experience with Emirates.

// President of Emirates Airline, Sir Tim Clark


Emirates has already made significant progress in its refurbishment efforts, having retrofitted 22 A380 aircraft to date. In July of this year, the first Boeing 777 will undergo an interior refresh, with each aircraft expected to take approximately two weeks to refurbish before re-entering service. Plans include the introduction of new Business Class seats in an updated 1-2-1 seating configuration, along with the addition of 24 Premium Economy seats on each aircraft.


In addition to the fleet refurbishment program, Emirates has also unveiled plans to introduce its latest A350 aircraft to nine new destinations by March 2025. The A350, known for its spacious cabin, advanced amenities, and fuel efficiency, will service short to medium-haul routes.

The A350 will be a game-changer for Emirates, enabling us to serve regional points with superior operating efficiency and flexibility. With the latest generation cabin products, including more of our sought-after Premium Economy seats, the Emirates A350 builds on our long-standing commitment to investing in the very best customer experience in the sky.

// Deputy President & Chief Commercial Officer of Emirates Airline, Adnan Kazim


By offering premium cabin options and state-of-the-art amenities, along with the introduction of the A350, Emirates aims to maintain its industry-leading position and provide passengers with unforgettable travel experiences.


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