Emirates’ Boeing 777 Business Class Refresh Keeps 2-3-2 Layout


Emirates will refresh its Boeing 777 business class seats from 2018, but this minor facelift won’t mean dropping the oft-criticised 2-3-2 layout and its inconvenient middle seat.

The move – revealed alongside the launch of new Boeing 777 first class suites – comes barely 18 months after the Gulf airline and Qantas partner unveilled new-look Boeing 777 lie-flat business class seats (below) in March 2016.

The changes appear to be exceptionally subtle, however, and intended to give the seats a slightly more consistent look against those first class suites which Emirates says were inspired by the Mercedes-Benz S-Class series.

For example, there’s a different woodgrain pattern on the privacy dividers between the seats as well as around those massive 23-inch HD video screens (which can be overwhelming because your seatmate’s screen remains well inside your own field of vision).

Overall the refresh certainly doesn’t draw down that ‘business class bling’ factor, as passengers still face acres of that familiar faux woodgrain-effect plastic wrapped around the seats.