Emirates flies to more than 150 destinations in over 80 countries and has been fundamental in establishing Dubai as the Middle East’s commercial centre and aviation hub.
It operates more than 3,500 flights per week across six continents from its base at Dubai International airport.
Emirates was launched in 1985 with two leased aircraft from a rudimentary airport. Its phenomenal growth is reflected in the 240-plus aircraft in its rapidly expanding fleet – a mix of the latest wide-body Airbus and Boeing aircraft - as well as Dubai’s state-of-the-art Emirates Terminal 3, which is used solely for the airline's flights.
Its fleet is one of the youngest in the skies, with an average age of under 80 months, and this figure will fall further as it takes delivery of the 200-plus aircraft it has on order, worth over US $110 billion at list price. Emirates is the largest A380 operator, with 80-plus in the air and over 55 still to be delivered.
Emirates has over 15,000 cabin crew of more than 135 nationalities who speak over 55 different languages, helping an average of 1.6 million customers yearly.
In addition, Emirates is a major player in the airfreight industry, carrying on average 2.5 million tonnes of cargo yearly and over 6,800 tonnes daily.
Emirates is wholly-owned by the Government of Dubai, but the airline is run on a commercial basis and receives no financial support or protection. Competing against established giants of aviation allowed to operate in Dubai under the government’s unconditional open skies policy, Emirates has thrived and been profitable in all but its second year of trading.
Emirates is renowned for leading market trends - personal entertainment systems in all seats, as well as private first-class suites, and the A380 Onboard Lounge are among its many notable firsts.
It was also the first airline to offer passengers a facility to use their mobile phones, bolstering its in-flight services which were already heralded for the popular ice entertainment and communications system.
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