Emirates will make cost-cutting changes in its services, primarily those offered to economy passengers in 2017.
2016 has been a great year for Emirates; the airline saw growth, capped off the year stronger than ever, and strengthened its position amongst the world’s best airlines.
That said, the company recently announced that it would be making some changes in 2017.
A Great 2016
The company has had an outstanding 2016 by all counts, winning the 2016 World’s Best Airline at the Skytrax airline awards.
The company become the biggest operator of the Super Jumbo A380, adding eight destinations served by the aircraft, for a total of 44 destinations also in 2016.
Also, the company has upscaled and expanded its fleet with the addition of another 20 Airbus A380’s and 16 Boeing 777-300 Ers. Meanwhile, the company has retired 29 of its older aircraft. Emirates now operates with an average fleet age of 5 years over its massive array of 255 aircrafts.
This is well below half the industry average, with most leading airlines having an average age of 11 years for their aircrafts.
From the first of January 2017, the airline will be making some changes to its services, primarily those offered to economy passengers.
Details of the Changes to Services
• Emirates will be eliminated seafood from their special meals for all economy fares
• All routes will have the refresher towels removed in the welcome service for economy passengers.
• Emirates will no longer offer a shower facility on board it’s A380 for first class passengers travelling from Dubai to Kuwait City. Not a major issue when you consider that the flight time is 1 hour and 50 minutes. Which ultimately means that not even every first-class passenger could have a shower during the flight. Emirates does not offer a shower facility on board its A380 on the flight to Doha from Dubai due to the short length of the flight.
• The price of a 250-ml bottle of champagne will increase from $15 to $25 for passengers in economy on all Emirates routes.
Even when you consider the cuts to the service by Emirates—which by all accounts are relatively insignificant—the company has grown from strength to strength and has some firm plans to further cement their position as one of the world’s leading airlines in 2017.