Go back to the enewsletter Emirates has unveiled

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterEmirates has unveiled refreshed interiors for its Boeing 777 aircraft, including its highly anticipated new first class private suites.With floor-to-ceiling sliding doors and design features inspired by the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Emirates’ new suites take privacy to the next level. Offering up to 3.7 square metres of personal space each, these fully enclosed private suites are laid out in a 1-1-1 configuration.From first class through to business and economy class cabins, all along the walkways, in the washrooms and galleys, the latest Emirates 777 aircraft boasts a multi-million-dollar upgrade that includes newly designed seats and upgraded inflight entertainment systems.Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline said: “The inflight experience is the heart of our brand and service proposition. The new 777 interiors that we are unveiling today is part of Emirates’ ongoing investment to continually raise the bar and exceed our customers’ expectations. Aside from our new fully enclosed private suites, business class features our latest fully flat leather seats with personal mini-bars, economy class seats have adjustable full leather headrests, and the inflight entertainment system has been upgraded for all cabin classes. Throughout the aircraft, our customers will see modern and airy cabins, with painstaking attention to detail evident in design touches such as the textured wall and ceiling panels, lighting features, and more.”On the airline’s new first class product, Sir Tim said:  “Emirates pioneered the first class private suite concept back in 2003, and today it’s the industry benchmark when it comes to first class travel. Over the years we have continually improved on our private suites, adding thoughtful refinements and features. We are very excited about our new fully enclosed suite which is a real game-changer in terms of privacy, comfort, and thoughtful luxury. This is the first time an Emirates product has been so influenced by another luxury brand, but it is a natural fit as both Emirates and Mercedes-Benz have the same unwavering commitment to fine detail, uncompromising quality, and a drive to push the boundaries.”Emirates’ latest first class product gives a nod to the design philosophy of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The collaboration inspired several design details, including the soft leather seating, high-tech control panels, and mood lighting.Extending that trademark in-flight experience to exclusive on-ground services, Emirates and Mercedes-Benz have extended their partnership to provide a fleet of the S-Class cars as part of its complimentary Chauffeur-drive service. Emirates first class passengers arriving or departing in the UAE will enjoy a seamless journey from aircraft to home, and vice versa, in a Mercedes-Benz S-Class car.The latest Emirates 777 aircraft with these new features will enter commercial service on 1 December 2017, making its debut on flights to Geneva and Brussels.Changing the game in first class: key product featuresThe new Emirates 777 First Class cabin interior uses a colour palette of soft greys, cream and champagne, conveying a contemporary, open and airy feel.Created in collaboration with Boeing, Rockwell Collins interior systems, Panasonic, Jacques Pierre Jean Design studio and Seattle-based design firm Teague, each fully enclosed private suite has a floor-to-ceiling sliding door, and combines smart technologies and design to deliver function and comfort. The leather seat reclines into a fully flat bed and can be placed in a “zero-gravity” position inspired by NASA technology, giving a feeling of weightlessness.To ensure all first class customers have a view, Emirates is introducing the industry’s first virtual windows for suites located in the middle aisle. These virtual windows project the view from outside the aircraft using real-time camera technology. In the other suites, binoculars are available for customers who want to explore the sky outside their windows.Passengers can easily communicate with the cabin crew, or request for room service using the video call function. The suites also come with a service window where customers can be served drinks and canapés undisturbed.Emirates has retained and updated the most popular features of its private suites, such as the personal mini-bar for drinks and snacks within each suite, and wireless controls to adjust seating positions, as well as to navigate Emirates’ award-winning inflight entertainment system, ice.Customers can view over 2500 channels of on-demand entertainment on a 81-centimetre Full HD LCD TV screen, or project content from their own devices. The viewing experience includes Bowers & Wilkins Active Noise Cancelling E1 headphones, created exclusively for Emirates by Bowers & Wilkins, to ensure the sound was optimised for the First Class Cabin environment.Each suite is fitted with an inspiration kit, which features a Byredo skincare collection found only on Emirates, Hydra Active moisturising pyjamas, and Bulgari amenity kits.There is ample storage within the suite including an overhead compartment, and a full-length cupboard for hanging clothes. First class clients can also enjoy the dine-on-demand service.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Airbus CEO tells Germany to reform arms policy for good of Europe

first_imgBy showing “a kind of moral superelevation” on arms exports, Germany was frustrating Britain, France and Spain, Enders told Reuters, adding that without a common European approach Airbus could consider manufacturing German-free products.German restrictions on arms exports to non-EU or NATO countries have been a thorn in bilateral co-operation for years because of the historical objections of the Social Democrats, junior partners in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling coalition.Berlin can stop exports of arms that include parts made in Germany under existing arrangements.“Yes, the French and Germans are apparently talking about it and trying to find a new regulation … But at the moment there are no results,” Enders told Reuters in an interview.“It has been driving us crazy at Airbus for years that when there is even just a tiny German part involved in, for example, helicopters the German side gives itself the right to, for example, block the sale of a French helicopter,” he added.Much to France’s irritation, Germany decided unilaterally last October – following the assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul – to suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia, its second largest market in the world after Algeria.That decision has blocked the export license for the sale of the Meteor long-range air-to-air missile, which is supposed to equip the Saudi Air Force Eurofigher Typhoon.The Meteor is assembled by European leader MBDA, a subsidiary of Airbus, BAE Systems and Leonardo , while its propulsion system and its warheads are manufactured in Germany.A future warplane system launched this week by Paris and Berlin and a plan for a tank of the future could also be compromised if Berlin does not adapt its policies, French diplomatic and military sources warned.German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen called on Thursday for a common European arms export policy, telling the Munich Security Conference:“We Germans should not pretend that we are more moral than France or more politically far-sighted than Great Britain in terms of human rights policy.”A French government official said on Friday that the two countries had exchanged letters on the subject as was normal procedure, but that work was still ongoing.“On the fundamentals on both sides we’ve expressed our desire to resolve this problem. The work is still ahead of us,” the French official said.Enders said Germany needed to secure common arms regulations if it wanted to push ahead with plans for a European defence policy.“It is to some degree a litmus test as to how serious the Germans are about common defence and close Franco-German cooperation,” he said.Source: Reuters German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen and French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly stand next to Eurofighter as they visit the ILA Air Show in Berlin, Germany, April 26, 2018. (Reuters Archive)Airbus Chief Executive Tom Enders urged Germany to press ahead with plans to create common European regulations on arms exports, saying the issue posed a litmus test for Berlin’s ambitions to foster a European defence policy. London best pest control By showing “a kind of moral superelevation” on arms exports, Germany is frustrating Britain, France and Spain, Airbus chief executive says , adding that without a common European approach Airbus could consider manufacturing German-free products. FILE PHOTO: An Airbus A320neo aircraft and a Bombardier CSeries aircraft are pictured during a news conference to announce a partnership between Airbus and Bombardier on the C Series aircraft programme, in Colomiers near Toulouse, France, October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/File Photolast_img read more