As part of its multi-million dollar cabin interiors upgrade project, Emirates is poised to unveil its plans for an upgraded Onboard Lounge on the flagship A380 aircraft.
The new edition product will be uncovered at the Emirates Infinite Possibilities stall at the one of the world’s largest travel trade show, ITB Berlin, which takes place from 8 – 12 March. For now, it is still being installed on the airline’s brand new jumbo aircraft which will make its operational debut in July of this year.
In a statement, Emirates President, Sir Tim Clark relayed, “The A380 Onboard Lounge is hugely popular with our customers, and has become an iconic feature of Emirates’ A380 offering. Particularly on long-haul flights, our customers tell us they appreciate the opportunity to stretch their legs and mingle in the relaxed, yet classy lounge area.
“Since we first launched the product in 2008, our A380 Onboard Lounge has gone through small but successive enhancements in line with customer feedback to increase the amount of space for our customers to interact in the lounge. In our latest revamp, we have taken inspiration from private yacht cabins, and amongst other thoughtful touches, we have increased the seating space, and also made it more intimate and conducive for our passengers to socialise or enjoy our lounge service."
The look and feel of the new Onboard Lounge is inspired by private yacht cabins. It will keep the original horseshoe shape and will have more seating available along the windows on either side of the bar, comfortably seating up to 26 passengers at any one time.
The colour scheme has become brighter, to a champagne colour to give the impression of more space and light with glossy dark wood trim for contrast. For the added comfort of passengers, there will be soundproof curtains and partitions, LED mood lighting, new window blinds and subwoofers for surround sound.
From the bar, customers can choose from handpicked wines from around the world as well as limited edition fine spirits. Signature cocktails can be created by the onboard bar tender.