Emirates airline has won the Corporate Innovator Middle East 2018 award from Global Finance Magazine. It was recognized with the accolade for its innovation investment in cabin products and modern onboard concepts.
The Innovators Awards are an extension of Global Finance’s Best Digital Bank awards which have run for the past 19 years. The 2018 Innovators Awards recognize companies that encourage and promote a culture of innovation and high standards of excellence.
Nirmal Govindadas, Emirates’ senior vice president, corporate treasury, received the award on behalf of the airline on Tuesday at the Global Finance awards ceremony, which was attended by leading financial institutions, fintechs and other key influencers within the digital and innovation space.
Emirates last November revealed its new Boeing 777-300ER cabins with enhancements across all classes, including the game-changing fully enclosed first class private suites. The airline took inspiration from the automotive industry and worked closely with Mercedes on a number of design details. What resulted were suites that offer up to 40 square feet of private space, as well as myriad lighting and climate control features.
Customers were also introduced to world-firsts like a NASA-inspired “zero-gravity” seating position, “virtual windows” for suites in the middle aisle that use real-time fiber-optic camera technology, and a personal video call service for first class customers. Since the new Emirates Boeing 777-300ERs entered service in December 2017, response has been very positive, and Emirates will continue to introduce this latest product to more markets as it takes delivery of new aircraft.
Emirates also unveiled its new business class cabin featuring a new configuration on its Boeing 777-200LR aircraft, with wider seats in a 2-2-2 layout.
The airline’s newly revamped A380 OnBoard Lounge also entered service last year, impressing customers with modern finishes, more seating options, mood lighting, and other technological features.