'Zero-gravity seats & moisturizing sleepsuits': Emirates unveils luxury 1st class cabins

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Nearly as soon as the Dubai Air Show opened, Boeing extended its 2017 lead in aircraft orders over arch-rival Airbus.

Measuring 7ft x 5ft 8in and providing up to 40 square feet of private space, each of the airline's future first class cabins will be equipped with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that fully enclose the suite, as well as a full-flat bed offering a "zero gravity" position, which aims to simulate the feeling of weightlessness that astronauts experience on board spacecraft.

"Over the years we have continually refined and enhanced it", said Tim Clark, president of Emirates Airline.

An artistic motif representing the Ghaf (prosopis cineraria) tree, is used as a design highlight throughout the aircraft.

The aircraft interior designers were particularly impressed with the design of the new S-Class, taking into account the choice of materials, the high standard of workmanship, the controls and also the car's ambient light system.

Whilst the cabin design draws inspiration from Mercedes' luxury auto interiors, the partnership will also extend beyond the flight path with Emirates confirming the use of the German carmaker's vehicles on all of its future premium chauffeur services.

For those positioned in the middle aisle, a window view is still possible thanks to "virtual windows" which are live streamed from cameras stationed externally. On select flights, first class passengers will also get amenity kits with lip balm, face moisturizer, aftershave balm, and more.

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The collaboration inspired several design details in the private suite including the soft leather seating, high-tech control panels, and mood lighting.

The economy class cabin. The new 777 aircraft design includes re-designed seats and upgraded in-flight entertainment systems in all cabin classes.

Passengers in first class will have access to new Bowers & Wilkins active noise cancelling E1 headphones, exclusively designed for the carrier, to ensure optimum sound quality.

The capacity is comparable with the old Boeing 777-200 and the new Airbus A350-900 - which lost out in the race for the Emirates order.

Speaking to reporters at the Dubai Air Show, an worldwide showcase for commercial aircraft staged every other year, Clark said the refurbished jets would begin operating on routes to Brussels and Geneva, but would expand to other routes over time.

Economy class seats will feature a sleek new colour palette of soft greys and blues, as well as ergonomically designed seats equipped with full leather headrests that come with vertically adjustable side panels for optimal support. No current plane has more than 10 seats in each row.

He also played down reports that Emirates, which had previously said it was seeking 50-70 twin-engined jets, had taken a more conservative tack by ordering only 40 787-10s.

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