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Emirates

by Giuseppe TovarFebruary 2, 2015
Positives:

They have spent a lot to impress guests who are flying with Emirates
The planes are quite spacious
Only if you love Dubai, you will enjoy the stopovers

Negatives:

They don't care about your Christian or Western values at Dubai airport
Stop overs at Dubai airport will mean you can be subjected to poor treatment
Not all Westerners like the overly religious ways of Dubai

Emirates is the largest airline in the Middle East, operating 3000 flights a week. Its center of operations is located in the Dubai International Airport, Terminal 3 from where it operates flights to 133 cities in 77 different countries, on 6 continents.

The 24 hour operation of the Dubai Airport, and its location in the center of global journeys are helping to drive the boom in the airline, which in the past 20 years has recorded an average annual growth of 25% in passenger traffic.

The airline became profitable in its first nine months. During its first year, it flew close to 260,000 passengers and 10,000 tons of cargo. On July 3, 1986 the airline receives its first aircraft, an Airbus A310, launching daily non-stop services to London-Gatwick, on July 6, 1987. The same year the airline added Frankfurt through Istanbul, and Male (Maldives).  This was followed by an expansion in the Asian market in 1989, with new routes to Bangkok, Hong Kong, Manila, and Singapore. During the first decade of operations, the airline has registered strong growth with an average of 30 %.  This despite the lack of a regional network, because  its main rival, Gulf Air dominated domestic traffic in the region.

In 2007, the airline placed an order worth over $34.9 billion for 120 Airbus A350, 11 Airbus A380 and 12 Boeing 777-330ERs. The same year, the airline began flights to São Paulo, which was the first nonstop flight between the Middle East and South America and also it began operations at its flight center in the Dubai International Airport. In 2008 the airline introduced in-flight service for mobile phones, becoming the first international airline to do it. During the same year it also took the delivery of its first A380, and made the first flight to New York. In 2009, Emirates became the largest operator of Boeing 777s in the world, when it took delivery of aircraft number 78. In 2010 the airline placed an order for 30 Boeing 777s, worth over $9,100 million, with what the total cost of aircraft in that year was over $25 billion.

What is super cool about Emirates, is that you can now fly from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires with it.. it is because the Dubai to Rio Flight now added another leg: a quick return trip to Argentina. It is a great example of airline and route innovation.

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  • Izabella
    December 6, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Seats of Emirates A380 business are as spacious as one might think or expect. For passengers of average build, the seat is more than suitable. If you are traveling alone, I would recommend the window seats. When sitting in the seats in the middle, the space between seats can be adjusted. Once the seats are reclining 180 degrees, it is impossible for any person to “jump” over a sleeping passenger without contacting him or her. The ability to customize your seating position is limited. IFE is the best I have encountered, amenities kits are first class, designer brand. The washbasins are certainly worth a look – glass and wood finishes are very attractive. The bar at the back of the top cover is equally impressive.

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