After the completion of the flight The EK928 from Cairo to Dubai last Monday, A6-EVM, was flown to Hangar E at the Emirates Engineering Centre, where a team of specialized engineers began preparing the aircraft for the conversion.
In addition to hiring 190 additional employees, Emirates has signed contracts with 62 partners and suppliers to implement the largest aircraft modernization project in modern commercial aviation.
For several months, the airline specialists carefully planned and tested all processes on a real A380. As a result, the engineers summed up the results and compiled a list of 2,200 parts. At the Emirates Engineering Center special workshops were set up, equipped with all the necessary equipment for the project.
Over the next 16 days, working around the clock, teams of engineers and technicians will completely dismantle the entire interior of the A380's cabin to reassemble it in a carefully planned and tested sequence.
Thousands of items will be removed, replaced or refurbished. Even the iconic shower spa will be decorated in new Emirates colors with a stenciled image of the Gaf tree.
All stages of work for each aircraft are coordinated: a team of engineers will first remove the window seats in economy class, making room for another team, which will remove the side panels of the cabin interior. These panels will be sent to one of three purpose-built lamination shops in Emirates' latest colours. To make room for 56 Premium Economy seats, the 88 Economy seats in front of the main deck are being removed.
On the upper deck, business and first class seats will be removed and loaded into a modified catering container to be lowered to the ground. Then they will be delivered to the workshops. Business class seats will be reupholstered with new leather at Emirates Engineering, while first class seats will be sent to Dubai World Central (DWC) for repair.
Carpets and flooring in all aircraft cabins will need to be replaced before the refurbished seats will be installed.
Once the conversion work is completed, the aircraft will be inspected and certified by the aviation authorities before it enters service again.
The second aircraft to be upgraded — A6-EUW. It will enter the airline's engineering center on December 1 — engineers will work simultaneously with two aircraft. Thus, every eight days, one new aircraft will go to Emirates Engineering for modernization. By May 23, 2024, all 67 A380 aircraft destined for the modernization program will return to the sky, and then Emirates will begin work on 53 of its Boeing 777s. The deadline for completion of all work — March 2025.
With luxurious seating, generous legroom and service rivaling many airlines' business class, Emirates' new Premium Economy Class is now available to passengers traveling on the popular A380 routes to London, Paris and Sydney. In the future, passengers from other destinations will also join them. By the end of 2023, premium economy service will be available on routes to New York, San Francisco, Melbourne, Auckland and Singapore.