Earlier this month we reported that Emirates was scheduled to fly its new 777-300ERs between Dubai (DXB) and New York (JFK) through the end of July. This was great news for first class flyers because these aircraft feature the Emirates’ amazing new first class suites. These fully enclosed suites include luxuries like an enormous, “zero gravity” recliner, an in-suite bar, and even virtual windows on middle seats. Unlike Emirates’ older 777s which have a 1 – 2 -1 configuration with eight seats in first class, the new 777s have a 1 – 1 – 1 configuration with just six seats in first.
It’s a rare treat to fly Emirates’ new 777s between the US and Dubai. In the past, these aircraft have primarily flown between Dubai and Europe and Japan.
Well, we have some great news if you weren’t able to book one of these flights. Based on seat maps, it looks like Emirates will continue to fly its new 777-300ERs between DXB and JFK until the end of September.
The seat map from flight EK201 from DXB to JFK on September 30th is below. You can see the distinctive 1 – 1- 1 cabin configuration of Emirates’ new 777 first class. Starting on October 1st, the seat map shifts to the A380 first class configuration.
Although the seat map above shows all seats as blocked, as indicated by the white “x”, first class for both departing and return flights (EK201/202) are bookable.
The best news is that there is decent partner award availability on departing and return legs through the end of September. An example from Alaska Airlines, which runs 150k miles plus $62.50, is below.
If you’re booking this route, be sure that your flight is non-stop. Emirates also operates a fifth-freedom route to JFK with a stopover in Milan.