New Onboard Bar (& more?) for Emirates

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Flying Emirates was one of the highlights of my aviating life. First Class on the airline’s A380s and 777-300ERs is a stunning suite, over-the-top in every which way.

Inside the Emirates A380 First Class Cabin.

The shower suite on the A380 is heaven in the sky.

Emirates A380 Shower Suite

As I wrote about before, the first time I showered in the sky I spent 5 minutes giggling at 40,000 feet, under a steady stream of warm water.

I also loved the concept behind the onboard bar, which is at the very back of the upper deck of the A380, behind Business Class. It’s a nice (albeit small) place to stretch out, socialize, and drink and eat more.

Emirates Business Class Bar

For some time, Emirates has been leaking that they plan to update their First Class cabin soon, and rumors have pitted the reveal as coming at the ITB Berlin in a few weeks.

Well, somewhat unexpectedly, Emirates revealed today plans to update and grow their Business Class Bar on A380s, starting as soon as July 2017. The Bar will become an Onboard Lounge, with refined finishes and seating for eight passengers, with standing room for 26.

Emirates’ New Onboard Lounge

Simply put, it looks stunning. Here’s how Emirates describes the update:

“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 one complaint I had using the prior iteration of the bar was how small it was. The space was fun, and the idea of hanging out at the bar while in the air was ridiculously silly, but there simply wasn’t that much space, as opposed to the Lobby on Etihad’s A380 (review forthcoming). This new set up will likely eat up a few business class seats to provide area to lounge.

It remains to be seen what changes Emirates will reveal to its First (and, potentially, Business Class) Cabins at ITB. If they play that right, it could be a game changer, bringing Emirates back to the forefront of its race with Etihad for best cabin in the sky. I can’t wait.

Looks like I’m gonna need to plan a new trip!