Emirates has completed the reconfiguration of its last Boeing 777-200LR aircraft, it has announced.
The Gulf carrier nvested USD $150 million in converting the ten Boeing 777-200LR aircraft in its fleet from three to two class cabins featuring wider business class seats in a 2-2-2 format and a fully refreshed economy class cabin.
The reconfiguration of the ten aircraft was executed fully in-house at Emirates Engineering’s facilities in Dubai. The Engineering team spent a total of over 160,000 man hours on the project, working with more than 30 suppliers and handling over 2,700 spare parts at any one time. On an average it took about 35 days for the team to completely strip and reconfigure a single aircraft.
The first Boeing 777-200LR with the new configuration was rolled out for commercial service in March 2018 and over the course of the next 12 months, Emirates completed the conversion of the remaining nine aircraft in the fleet. The project was completed almost three months ahead of schedule.
Customers can experience Emirates’ refreshed Boeing 777-200LR from several destinations across its global network including Fort Lauderdale, Santiago, Sao Paulo and Adelaide.
In line with the Emirates fleet renewal programme, the carrier has announced it is also in the process of retiring the last two Boeing 777-300 classic aircraft in its fleet. One jet, A6-EMV, delivered in February 2003, has now been phased out of the Emirates fleet and A6-EMX, delivered in June 2003 will shortly also be removed from commercial service.
With the retirement of the Boeing 777-300 classic aircraft, Emirates’ Boeing fleet will be composed of the Boeing 777-300ER and the newly refreshed Boeing 777-200LR fleet.
Emirates’ fleet renewal programme for 2019 includes retiring a total of seven older Boeing 777 aircraft and taking delivery of six new Airbus A380.