They may not be done tweaking their rules to monetize some of the higher-end services that Emirates has available. Reportedly Emirates is considering several more moves to boost revenue.
There is already talk of what else Emirates can sell to further bolster its coffers through cross selling. Options are said to include:
Business Class passengers paying to use the onboard shower,
Chauffeur car service for economy passengers in Dubai,
Premium meals and beverages available to order.
Emirates is one of only two commercial airlines offering showers onboard Airbus A380 aircraft. The other it Etihad, and Emirates’ shower suites are far larger and nicer.
There’s certainly plenty of time during Emirates long haul flights where the two showers at the front of the first class cabin aren’t in use. However when no one is using the shower spas for a refresh, they’re the primary lavatories in the first class cabin (there’s also a lavatory at the back of first).
What’s more, this would involve business class passengers entering the first class cabin. It would have to be done on a very limited basis and discretely.
Of course we haven’t seen the new Emirates first class configuration yet (which one imagines will involve fewer suites). If shower suites are maintained but moved to the back — rather than front — of the first class cabin it might wind up less intrusive. I wonder what a shower in the sky would cost on an a la carte basis?
(HT: Live from a Lounge)