Emirates – The Most Popular Airline of the Middle East

Emirates Airline is one of the luxurious and popular airlines in the world, the largest in the Middle East. It is owned by The Emirates Group, a subsidiary of Investment Corporation of Dubai. Currently Emirates Airline is operating about 3600 flights per week from Dubai to different destinations around the world. The airline is currently maintaining flights to 81 countries and 140 cities of the world. Their main hub is in Dubai International Airport.

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Credit: Emirates


History of Emirates Airline

During the 1980s, Gulf Air started to cancel their flights to Dubai. As a result, a crisis – lack of flight was created in Dubai. It was high time for Dubai to have their own airlines. During March 1985, the Royal Family of Dubai came forward with a solution. As a result, a management body was formed and they took 2 PIA (Pakistan International Airlines) aircraft on lease, a Boeing 737–300 and an Airbus A300B4-200. PIA helped and contributed a lot. They also arranged necessary trainings for the future cabin crews of Emirates in PIA training academy.

One of the early aircraft of Emirates in the 90s, A Boeing 727. Credit: Wikipedia

This is how Emirates Airline was born. As per the donation from the Royal Family of Dubai, Emirate’s initial capital was merely $10 million only. Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum was appointed as the Chairman, who is still performing his duties as Chairman and CEO. Maurice Flanaga was appointed as the first CEO.

First Chairman & current CEO  Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum. Credit: Emirates.

From the very beginning, Emirates was sharply on point. They started to win the hearts of Middle East and also the other parts of the world with their excellent service & hospitality. As a result of that, the main opponent Gulf Air suffered 56% drop in profit in the first year of Emirates service. Within 1987, Emirates was already serving 11 destinations. By 1989, Emirates was warmly accepted in the eastern regions including Hong Kong, Bangkok and Manila.

During the 90s, Emirates was already one of the fastest growing airlines in the world and within 1993 they took their yearly revenue from $100 million to $500 million. Gulf war came as a big chance for Emirates as all other airlines literally stopped flying during that time. Emirates made good business during this time and that helped them to expand themselves even more. They established their cargo division which is known as Emirates SkyCargo and it accounted 16% of their total revenue. Their success was so rapid and all-consuming that air-giants like Lufthansa and Canada Airlines advised their respective governments to limit the entrance of Emirates in Germany and Canada.


One of the most popular giants of Emirates, The Airbus A380-800. Credit: Plane-Mad

Current Fleet

Right now Emirates Airline is the 4th largest airline by scheduled revenue passenger-kilometers flown, the 4th largest in terms of international passengers carried and the 2nd largest in terms of freight ton kilometers flown. (Wikipedia). Emirates have maintained using wide body aircraft from the very beginning. They used 2 aircraft families mainly: The Airbus A380 and Boeing 777. They have been declared as the largest operator of Airbus A380-800 and Boeing 777-300ER. As of April 2018, Emirates large fleet contains the below numbers:

  • Airbus A380-800 – 102 units in service, 60 more in order.
  • Boeing 777-200LR – 10 units in service
  • Boeing 777-300 – 3 units in service
  • Boeing 777-300ER – 138 units in service, 12 more in order.
  • Boeing 777-8 – 35 units in order, delivery in 2020
  • Boeing 777-9 – 115 units in order, delivery in 2020
  • Total: 253 Aircrafts actively in service. Another 222 will join.
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Emirates is now the largest operator of Boeing 777-300ER. Credit: Michal Fruhbauer

Class Distribution

Emirates always tries their best to bring something special for their customers. To serve customers from all class, Emirates Airline maintains 3 classes namely First Class, Business class and Economy class.

First Class

Emirates is committed to deliver the best First Class experience to its customers. It can be called as the private suit for the premium passengers. Boeing 777-300ER provides a grand first class inspired by Mercedes-Benz, which will provide excellent atmosphere with superbly comfortable zero gravity seats and virtual windows! It offers you fine dining anytime you want. It also provides onboard shower and spa. The 40 square feet fully enclosed first class of Emirates Airline is equipped with 2 minibars, active noise cancelling E1 headphones, Safari binoculars, an entertainment system featuring 2,500 channels and wireless remote, a High definition 32-inch touch screen display and many more. There is also control pane from where you can control the room temperature, light colors and types by yourself.



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The all luxurious First Class suit of Emirates. Credit: Emirates



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Business class

Emirates Business class has always been something out of the box. In many aspects you can enjoy almost the same services as the first class. Emirate’s A380 business class is large enough to comfortably room 76 passengers. The seats are arranged in 1-2-1 configuration. The main problem of this configuration is there remains less space for movements. But surprisingly in Emirates Airline aircraft you will find ample spaces. The seat is comfortably covered with special leathers and accompanied by soft cushion. Also there is a mini bar, electronic window shade and a special wide screen TV providing 2500 + channels. HDMI port is also equipped so you can stream from your own device. There is a touchscreen controller to adjust seat moods automatically depending on your requirements.  Also there is the on-board lounge where you can relax. You will be served with excellent full stack meals and additional snacks. The number of meals will depend upon the duration of the flights. Award winning wines and exclusively delicious meals will be served.

Emirates Business class, where Luxury and Business meets just too well. Credit: Upgraded Points

Economy class

Emirates Airline aims to make the economy class travelers to forget all the previously acquired ideas about economy class. Instead they aimed at giving a branded experience. The A380s has dedicated 399 economy class seats along with 76 business class and 14 First class seats. The seats are arranged in 3-4-3 combination which may sound a bit crowded. But the actual fact is different. There is enough space for comfortable leg rest and moving through. Seats are especially comfortable with ample spaces. High quality seat covers are made in combination of leather and fabrics. Each seat has a seat pitch of 32 inches and 18 inches wide which makes them really comfortable.

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Emirates Economy Class comes with free WiFi and on board gaming facilities. Credit: Emirates

Every seat is accompanied with a whopping 10.6-inch touch screen HD monitor, which is one of the very best in all the economy classes in the world. To put it in the best use, more than 3500 channels are available for the passengers.  You can choose from TV shows, documentaries, podcasts, radio stations and more than 500 + movies. You will enjoy free Wi-Fi of 10 MB and the next 500 MB can be accessed with a cost as low as $1.00 only. Most aircrafts seats are equipped with charging points. You will also be able to make phone calls to your friends and family on the land using data roaming services. As a part of the inflight entertainment, you will be served with a full course meal with salads, fruits, excellent dessert and coffee. Attendants will serve complimentary wines, beers, hot drinks and cold drinks throughout the flight. Also you will be provided with special ecoThread blankets so can sleep in comfortable warmth.

Air Tickets of Emirates Airline

Now Emirates is providing flights to 140 cities across the world. Any one can purchase Emirates air tickets from the local Emirates offices in their country. Also anyone can book tickets online from the official website of Emirates. Their website address is: https://www.emirates.com/english/

Also almost all the online travel agency will provide Emirates Airline tickets on any given day.


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Hello Tomorrow!

Emirates Airline has set their tagline as ‘Hello Tomorrow’ and they really mean it. They want to provide the futuristic experience of air travel to their passengers. To them, all the passengers are premium and they are committed to deliver the best service to all of them, no matter what class is they travel. This is the secret behind the success of Emirates Airline.

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