Emirates new first class suites on the 777 are a huge improvement over its older 777 first class cabin. And, since Emirates is suspending its shower and front/rear bars on the A380 due to COVID concerns, I think the new 777 first class suites the airline’s best first class product in the air, by far.
The bad news is that only Emirates’ newest 777s have the new first class suites installed, and older 777s won’t be upgraded. This means that currently there are only nine Emirates aircraft with the new suites. You can find these planes by searching for their tail number starting with: A6-EQH and proceeding alphabetically to A6-EQP.
In the past, Emirates has mostly flown these new 777s between DXB and Europe, as well as between DXB and HND. But for the next month, Emirates’ new 777 will be making daily trips between DXB and JFK.
Emirates’ A6-EQN, a 777-300ER that’s just two years old, is one of the aircraft that is servicing this route. These flights started on June 30th.
Seat maps for the JFK to DXB route, EK202, confirm that these flights will have Emirates’ new first class. You’ll notice the distinctive 1 – 1 – 1 configuration from Expert Flyer, below.
Emirates new 777 first class will be available on the JFK to DXB route until July 30th, and after that, the route will be operated with a 777 with the older, 2 – 2 – 2, first class cabin.
The best news is that there is decent partner first class award space from JFK to DXB towards the end of July. You can grab these seats using Alaska Airlines miles. The calendar below shows first class availability on dates with 150k + $20.
Emirates requires passengers originating from some US states to carry a negative PCR COVID certificate to be accepted on a flight. However, New York appears to be exempted from this requirement. Still, visitors to Dubai that don’t have a negative COVID test can expect one once they arrive – a process that takes several hours – so you can save yourself some time by getting tested beforehand.