Emirates says $150m Boeing 777 revamp project completed

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Emirates Airline has announced that it completed the reconfiguration of its last Boeing 777-200LR aircraft following a $150 million investment.

The Dubai-based airline said it is converting the 10 Boeing 777-200LR aircraft 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 was executed fully in-house at Emirates Engineering’s facilities in Dubai which has 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 average it took about 35 days for the team to completely strip and reconfigure a single aircraft, a statement said.

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, the statement added.

Customers can experience Emirates’ Boeing 777-200LR from a number of destinations across its global network including Fort Lauderdale, Santiago, Sao Paulo, and Adelaide.

Emirates also said the upgraded aircraft will start on the route to Riyadh from April 16, while Kuwait will see the new aircraft from June 1, making them the first Gulf destinations.

Emirates added that it is also in the process of retiring the last two Boeing 777-300 aircraft in its 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.