The airline was formed by the Dubai Government under a management agreement with Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Using a PIA leased 737 and A300.
On 25th October 1985, Emirates flew its first routes out of Dubai. In 1987 flights were started to London, Frankfurt and Istanbul. In 1992 Emirates Airlines expanded its services to Djakarta, Paris, Rome and Zurich. With a fleet of 113 aircraft, Emirates currently fly to over 100 destinations in 62 countries around the world.
Unlike many other airlines, Emirates Airlines is one of the few airlines, which hardly felt the economic, and aviation downturn of the last few years. This is due to the great marketing efforts to promote Dubai as a tourist destination with attractive tax-free shopping.
Emirates id considered to be the world's fastest-growing airline and it ranks amongst the top 10 carriers worldwide in terms of revenue, and has become the largest airline in the Middle East in terms of revenue, fleet size, and passengers carried. During the 2007/08 financial year, Emirates carried 21.2 million passengers. A total of 1.3 million tones of cargo was transported by Emirates Airline and Emirates SkyCargo, the freight subsidiary of The Emirates Group. Emirates will have 122 Boeing 777s by 2011 making it the single largest aircraft type in fleet, and 58 Airbus A380s by 2012. The airline also hopes to have over 120 Airbus A350's in its fleet by 2018. Emirate became the second operator of the Airbus A380 when their first aircraft was delivered on 28 July 2008, it is now in operation on the Dubai to New York route
began nonstop flights between Los Angeles and Dubai
"Emirates has an environmental goal to operate the world's most eco-efficient fleet and our second A380's arrival will further reduce the airline's average fuel use per passenger," chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum said in a statement "By 2013, the arrival of at least 100 new aircraft and the retirement of some older aircraft will...
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