Some news I missed from last month but that may be useful:
From 1 September 2015 Emirates will begin serving Orlando, on a daily basis, with a 3 -class Boeing 777-200LR.
According to the press release the plane will be configured with 8 First Class suites, 42 Business Class lie-flat seats and 216 Economy class seats.
The Flight Details:
EK219 DXB – MCO: 03:50 – 11:40
EK220 MCO-DXB: 14:20 – 12:30 (following day)
While Emirates is renowned for it’s luxury premium cabins, which are some of the most opulent around, it’s worth remembering that their planes are configured with 10 seats across in the economy section making the width of each seat just 17 inches.
So, while there’s ample room and comfort at the front of the plane….
…the back of the plane isn’t the most comfortable:
It’s worth remembering that Emirates has a different business class products in its 777s and A380 so make sure you know what to expect before you book. One Mile At A Time has some good pictures and a decent write-up on the 777 product here.
Any flight into Orlando has to be considered a, primarily, tourist/vacation flight so I’m not sure how easily Emirates will fill its 50 premium seats. I guess only time will tell but, if they struggle to fill their front two cabins, this may become a good mileage redemption route for US flyers.
Image: Mark Harkin (Boeing 777-300, not the plane that will fly this route)