Dubai airline Emirates will be deploy its latest Boeing 777-300ER aircraft fitted with its new first class suites to Riyadh from April 16 and to Kuwait from June 1.
Travellers to/from Saudi Arabia can experience the new Boeing 777 product on flight EK 819 departing Dubai at 6.55am, arriving in Riyadh at 7.50am. The return flight EK 820 leaves Riyadh at 9.35am, arriving in Dubai at 12.30pm.
The new Boeing 777 aircraft will begin operating the route five times a week, and from June 1, will begin flying on a daily basis.
Meanwhile the new jet will be deployed to/from Kuwait on EK 855, which departs Dubai at 7.45am, arriving in Kuwait at 8.25am. The return flight EK 856 leaves Kuwait at 9.50am, arriving in Dubai at 12.40pm.
The service will operate daily to Kuwait.
The latest Emirates 777 aircraft features “ergonomically designed seats, multi-million dollar upgrades and the latest version of the ice inflight entertainment system across all cabins”.
The private suites in first class feature floor-to-ceiling sliding doors and design features against cool grey colourscapes. Offering up to 40 square feet of personal space each, the fully-enclosed suites are laid out in a 1-1-1 configuration, for a total of six suites.
The new suites include seats that recline into a fully flat-bed that manoeuvres into multiple positions and can be placed in a “zero-gravity” state inspired by NASA technology, for a feeling of weightlessness while flying.
Passengers can also choose different lighting colours and adjust the temperature of their suites.
The industry’s “first virtual windows” can be experienced by customers seated in suites located in the middle aisle. The virtual windows project a view from outside the aircraft using real time fibre-optic camera technology.
Emirates also provides binoculars to passengers who want to explore the vistas and cities below during their journey.
Passengers can also communicate with the cabin crew or request room service and in-suite dining through a video call function.
The business class seats are inspired by the interior of a modern sports car, and feature an ergonomically designed headrest. The seats include touchscreen controls for the seat and inflight entertainment system and an option to adjust the personal lighting options.
The cabin also includes privacy panels between seats, a shoe stowage area, footrest, and a personal mini-bar.
Adil Al Ghaith, SVP, Commercial Operations Gulf, Middle East and Iran said: “Saudi Arabia and Kuwait will be the first countries in the Middle East and GCC to be served by the latest Emirates Boeing 777 aircraft featuring fully -enclosed private suites inspired by luxury automaker Mercedes-Benz.
“Deploying the newest Boeing 777 to both Riyadh and Kuwait will cater to the significant premium demand we see on these routes.”
Emirates operates to Riyadh with four flights a day and to Kuwait with six daily flights.
Currently, the airline operates its latest Boeing 777-300ER aircraft fitted with the new first class suites to Brussels, Geneva, Vienna and London Stansted.
Emirates is the world’s largest operator of the Boeing 777 aircraft, flying over 160 of the wide-body jets to six continents.