Emirates Eliminating First Class From Boeing 777-200LR Fleet

Emirates currently has 10 Boeing 777-200LRs with 8 first class, 42 business class, and 216 economy seats.

They’ve just disclosed a plan to eliminate first class from these planes, and move to a six-across (2-2-2) business class in place of the current seven-across, eliminating the middle-of-middle seat in business. The plane will be densified to 302 seats in total.

Just as they’ve revealed their new first class seats for their Boeing 777-300ERs, with no timetable for retrofitting Airbus A380s to offer the new suite, they’re introducing another fleet of planes that won’t have first class at all — on top of the recently-densified A380s that carry 615 passengers with no first cabin.

Credit: Emirates

The Boeing 777-200LR (“77L”) serves a variety of routes currently like Ft. Lauderdale and Brisbane, Australia though Emirates scheduling may well be different with a new configuration aircraft.

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