Emirates Airlines

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Just over twenty years ago, Emirates was born as the official international airline of the United Arab Emirates.

On 25th October 1985, Emirates flew its first routes out of Dubai with just two aircraft—a leased Boeing 737 and Airbus 300 B4. Then as now, their goal was quality, not quantity, and in the years since taking those first small steps onto the regional travel scene, Emirates has evolved into a globally influential travel and tourism conglomerate known the world over for their commitment to the highest standards of quality in every aspect of their business.

Though wholly owned by the Government of Dubai, Emirates has grown in scale and stature not through protectionism but through competition—competition with the ever-growing number of international carriers that take advantage of Dubai’s open-skies policy. Not only do they support that policy, but they see it as vital to maintaining our identity and our competitiveness. After making its initial start-up investment, the Government of Dubai saw fit to treat Emirates as a wholly independent business entity, and today they are thriving because of it. Their growth has never been lower than 20 per cent annually, and the airline has recorded an annual profit in every year since its third in operation.

At the Dubai Airshow in November 2007, Emirates announced a historic civil aviation aircraft order when it signed contracts for a 120 Airbus A350s, 11 A380s, and 12 Boeing 777-300ERs, worth an estimated US$34.9 billion in list prices. The agreement with Airbus comprises firm orders for 50 A350-900s and 20 A350-1000s, plus 50 options for the A350-900s. The first A350 will be delivered to Emirates in 2014.

Emirates also firmed up orders on the eight A380s for which it had signed letters of intent earlier this year, and placed firm orders for an additional three of the double-decker aircraft, bringing its total firm order for the A380s to 58.

With the new order for 12 777-300ERs, valued at US$3.2 billion, Emirates now has 48 Boeing 777s pending delivery and is set to become the world’s largest 777 operator in the next few years.

Emirates’ current order-book stands at 160 aircraft, with a total value of approximately US$ 50 billion. In combination with what is already the youngest and one of the most modern fleets in worldwide commercial aviation, this commitment to the future reflects their goal to develop Dubai into a comprehensive, global, long-haul aviation hub. In the financial year 2007/2008, Emirates carried 21.2 million passengers and 1.3 million tonnes of cargo. They look forward to a bright future in which they carry many millions more across a growing network of international destinations.


Emirates Airlines
Dubai Airline Centre, Clock Tower Road
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates

971 42951111

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