Emirates and Mercedes Team Up for S-Class in the Sky

Emirates redesigned its first-class cabins to give you the sensation of being in an S-Class at 30,000 feet.

There are few cars on earth that cradle you in luxury the way a Mercedes-Benz S-Class does. The smell of the supple leather interior, the gentle massage of the seats, and the gorgeous piano string trim are enough to make anyone feel like royalty. Emirates Airline wants you to feel the same way at 30,000 feet, so the company has announced a new partnership with Mercedes-Benz.

The two companies have teamed up to redesign the first-class cabins in Emirates' Boeing 777 fleet. The new look will be inspired by the interior design of the S-Class. Emirates will carry over the same choice materials, high standard of workmanship, controls, and the ambient light system. It's also adding a new virtual window technology adopted from NASA space travel to impart a sense of weightlessness. No doubt you’ll be flying on cloud nine in this new first-class cabin.

Another element of the partnership is the exclusive S-Class chauffeur service. Starting Dec. 1, passengers flying in the new first-class cabins can received door-to-door transport to and from the Dubai airport. The car of choice for the service will be, of course, the flagship S-Class sedan.

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Mercedes S-Class vs Emirates First-Class

"We are delighted about the partnership with Emirates, which is one of the most well-known airlines in the world," said Jens Theimer, Vice President of Marketing at Mercedes-Benz Cars. "With immediate effect, travelers in the Emirates First Class are now also able to enjoy the sense of luxury of our Mercedes-Benz S‑Class above the clouds. Emirates and Mercedes-Benz combine consistent excellent standards of quality and are passionate about providing customers with the best mobility offerings in the segment.”

Emirates Airlines is arguably the most luxurious commercial airline on the planet. The partnership with Mercedes is a natural fit for the two. This current partnership began with an initial meeting in 2014 in Woburn Abbey, England where the two exchanged the latest design trends and innovations.

Having an S-Class in the sky sounds like a pretty good way to fly. Then again, if you’re spending the coin on a first-class flight on Emirates, does saving money on an Uber to the airport really matter?

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