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Know the Airline: Emirates

Emirates is the largest airline and one of two flag carriers of the United Arab Emirates.

Based in Dubai, the airline is a subsidiary of The Emirates Group, which is owned by the government of Dubai’s Investment Corporation of Dubai.

It is also the largest airline in the Middle East, operating over 3,600 flights per week from its hub at Terminal 3 of Dubai International Airport before the COVID-19 pandemic.

It operates to more than 150 cities in 80 countries across 6 continents through its fleet of nearly 300 aircraft.

Emirates is the world’s fourth largest airline in terms of carrying passenger, and, and the second-largest in terms of carrying freight.

During the mid-1980s, Gulf Air began to cut back its services to Dubai. As a result, Emirates was conceived in March 1985 with backing from Dubai’s royal family, with Pakistan International Airlines providing two of the airline’s first aircraft on wet-lease. Pakistan International Airlines provided training facilities to Emirates’ cabin crew at its academy.

Emirates operate a mixed fleet of Airbus and Boeing wide-body aircraft and are one of the few airlines to operate an all-wide-body aircraft fleet.

As of September 2021, Emirates is the largest Airbus A380 operator with 119 aircraft in service and a further 3 on order. Since its introduction, the Airbus A380 has become an integral part of the Emirates fleet, especially on long-haul, high-density routes. Emirates is also the world’s largest Boeing 777 operator with 155 aircraft in service.

The current company slogan of Emirates is “Fly Emirates, Fly Better”.

Sources: Wikipedia, Emirates website

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