(Forimmediaterelease.net) Emirates, the rapidly growing, award-winning international carrier, has announced that its popular nonstop flights between New York and Dubai will be further improved with ground-breaking enhancements to its new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The move is part of the airline’s multi-million dollar program that will cement its leadership in providing “best in the air” travel experiences in all classes. Beginning October 28, the Emirates evening flight from JFK (EK202/201) will feature a new, enhanced version of the airline’s much-heralded private First Class suites as well as lie-flat massage seats with more space in Business Class. Economy Class features seats with extra legroom, and all classes of service are highlighted by the industry’s largest personal TV screens in all classes. A second New York-Dubai flight, EK 204/203 which currently departs from JFK in the morning, will receive the upgraded facilities and services starting on February 1, 2008. Emirates is in the process of receiving 24 new aircraft fitted with these new products. It is also implementing a program to retrofit its existing Boeing 777 long-haul fleet. The third daily New York-Dubai flight via Hamburg (EK 206/205) will continue to utilize the A340-500 aircraft, which boasts the world’s first enclosed suites in First Class. “Emirates’ non-stop flights from New York have been enormously popular since being introduced in 2004, winning accolades for the highest quality of innovative luxury services,” said Nigel Page, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, the Americas. “With these new enhancements, we are demonstrating the company’s determination to continue to set standards for international travel in all classes of service.” Emirates is spending approximately $50 million just to install the enhanced First Class product onboard new aircraft. Setting an industry benchmark since being introduced in 2003, the private First Class suite’s key features include a fully-flat bed with in-seat massage, dine-on-demand room service, in-suite personal mini bar, and sliding doors for the ultimate in privacy. Offering a “corporate jet quality” feel, the enhanced version is larger with extended floor space, more stowage room for hand baggage and a bigger personal wardrobe within the suite. It also features fine leather upholstery and a luxurious honey walnut finish. A high cabin ceiling (sans overhead bins) adds to the sense of space, and travellers can also relax at the new communal First Class bar area. In a three-class configuration, Emirates’ new Boeing 777-300ERs (ULR) will offer eight private suites in First Class, 42 lie-flat seats in Business, and 304 seats in Economy. New 777-200LRs will have eight First Class private suites, 42 lie-flat seats in Business, and 216 seats in Economy. The airline currently has a US$30 billion order book for 110 wide-bodied aircraft that includes 51 Boeing 777s and 47 Airbus A380s. About Emirates Since its launch in 1985, Emirates Airline has received more than 300 international awards in recognition of its efforts to provide unsurpassed levels of customer service. It serves 93 cities around the globe, including three daily flights from New York’s JFK to Dubai, with a young and technologically advanced fleet of aircraft that are equipped with industry-leading comforts in the air. Operations on Emirates from New York connect America to the world through the airline’s route network with extensive connections to the Far East, Australia and Africa. On December 3, 2007, Emirates will launch thrice weekly nonstop service from Houston to Dubai aboard the new B777-200LR. For more information, visit www.emirates.com/usa.
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