Flying to destinations in over 55 countries
Emirates are the official airline of the United Arab Emirates, serving over 90 destinations in over six continents. From its Dubai base, Emirates flies to 74 countries, serving major hubs such as London, New York, Los Angeles, Sydney and Hong Kong as well as a host of cities all over the globe. The airline is the largest in the Middle East and has developed into a major player in the international flight market during its twenty year history, accounting for almost half of all flights in and out of Dubai International Airport. As well as boasting impressive statistics, such as carrying 14.5 million passengers during 2005-2006, the airline is well-known for its quality of service and safety record.
In 2012 the airline was the fourth-largest airline in the world in terms of international passengers carried, and the fourth-largest in the world in terms of scheduled passenger-kilometres flown
The airline was voted Airline of the Year in 2013.
Award-winning airline known for its quality and service
A subsidiary of the Emirates Group, the company was established in 1985 by the UAE Government, which continues to act as the sole owner whilst allowing it autonomy to still operate as a fully independent business. From its initial flights using just two aircraft, a Boeing 737 and an Airbus 300 B4, Emirates now boasts a fleet of over 100 modern aircraft - a combination of Boeing 777, the Airbus A330 and the Airbus A340, with a total value of over $30 billion. Emirates have a large order of the Airbus A380 super-jumbo scheduled for mid 2008, which will be used on their routes to Sydney and New York. The airline has been recognised with a host of awards since its launch, and was named Airline of the Year both in 2001 and 2002. Emirates Airline is a major sponsor of many sports clubs and events, such as the Arsenal Emirates football stadium and the Rugby World Cup in 2007.
Profitable Company with impressive growth
Turning a profit every year since its launch in 1985, Emirates boasts an enviable business track record, managing to double in size every four years, and remaining one of the fastest growing airlines in the world. Its base, Dubai, has low operating costs, and the company operates on a simple organisational structure, with minimal overheads such as staffing and local costs. Profits are further maximised by factors such as its fleet of wide-body aircraft, which fully utilise the cargo capacity, and a lack of night-time flying restrictions, which both help to create low cash cost per seat basis, similar to some of the successful budget carriers such as Ryanair, known for their cheap flights. Some of Emirates' major competitors include British Airways, Lufthansa, Air France and Quantas, and the airlines focus cities are London Heathrow, Hamburg and Singapore Changi Airport.