Emirates is scrapping first class on a number of its London services this winter, sacrificing luxury seats in an effort to sell more fares at lower rates.
By dropping from three tiers of seating (first, business and economy) to two on the airline’s Airbus A380s between Gatwick and Dubai in November and December, the UAE carrier will be able to increase capacity from 489 passengers to 615. With the service operating six times a day, that's an additional 756 customers daily.
The A380, of which Emirates has 96, more than any other airline, is the world’s largest passenger jet, with the potential to carry up to 853 people. But it is usually configured into three classes, reducing the overall number of seats but allowing carriers to sell first class fares for thousands of pounds. An Emirates first class ticket departing London Gatwick tomorrow, the last day the class will be available until January, costs from £2,800.