Inspired by a private yacht, Emirates is revamping the business class bar on the Airbus A380

Changes are in store for the first class lounge on board Emirates’ A380 superjumbo aircraft. Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline said, “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 socialize or enjoy our lounge service.”

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While the lounge’s horseshoe-shaped bar will remain the same, guests can enjoy a new seating arrangement along the windows on both sides of the bar. Each seating area will have a table and window view and the lounge will now comfortably accommodate up to 26 passengers at a time, including 8 seated. Lighter colors in the lounge will give the space a lighter and airier feel.

“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,” said Clark.

Soundproof curtains will be used to partition the Onboard Lounge area from the other cabins and additional soft ambient lighting options, new window blinds with integrated LED mood lighting, and subwoofers for surround sound will offer an improved experience. A 55 inch LCD screen allows customers to enjoy live TV broadcasts of the latest news or sports updates as they enjoy gourmet canapés, fine spirits or cocktails.

The new Emirates A380 Onboard Lounge will make its first public appearance at the Emirates Infinite Possibilities stand during ITB Berlin, one of the world’s largest tourism trade fairs. It is currently being installed onto one of Emirates’ brand new A380 aircraft at Airbus’ facilities, and will make its operational debut in July 2017.

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