Emirates (Arabic: طَيَران الإمارات DMG: Ṭayarān al-Imārāt) is an airline based at Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
It is the largest airline in the Middle East, operating over 2,500 flights per week, from its hub at Terminal 3, to 122 cities in 72 countries across six continents. The company also operates four of the world’s ten longest non-stop commercial flights from Dubai to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, and Houston.
Emirates is a subsidiary of The Emirates Group, which has over 50,000 employees, and is wholly owned by the government of Dubai directly under the Investment Corporation of Dubai. Cargo activities are undertaken by the Emirates Group’s Emirates SkyCargo division.
The airline ranks amongst the top 10 carriers worldwide in terms of revenue and passenger kilometres, and has become the largest airline in the Middle East in terms of revenue, fleet size, and passengers carried as of 2007.
In 2010 the airline was the sixth-largest airline in the world in terms of international passengers carried, and largest in the world in terms of scheduled international passenger-kilometres flown. The airline was also the seventh largest in terms of scheduled freight tonne-kilometres flown.
Emirates has built up a strong brand name as a leader in the aviation industry, particularly in terms of service excellence, and its very rapid growth, coupled with consistent profitability.
In February 2011, Air Transport World gave Emirates Airlines the title of “Airline of the Year” for 2011. The award has been given based on recognition of its commitment to safety and operational excellence, customer service trendsetters, financial condition including a 22-year consecutive annual profit. The airline also received the 1000th Boeing 777 airframe and 102nd purchase of the airliner with a Boeing 777-300ER. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emirates_(airline)
Currently, Emirates (EK) ranks 8th place in the Skytrax World Airline Awards 2012. And as I’ve said in related posts, EK & EY deserve their slots, if not higher. 🙂
Whenever I travel going home (ave. 9 hours flight), I prefer to fly with either EY or EK as they provide the best service at great fares.
Travelling via EK means there will be a brief stopover at the HUGE DXB airport, but you wouldn’t so much notice the time pass by as there’s a lot to see and do (told ya it was a HUGE airport) unless you wanna take a nap while waiting for boarding time. The airport’s Terminal 3 was built exclusively for the use of Emirates.
Free Wifi and net portals, numerous passenger lounges, cafes and restos, and of course the Dubai Duty Free, which i think is the largest I’ve seen, operating on 18,000 square metres of retail space across Terminals 1, 2 and 3, you’ll never run out of shops to check out. Just don’t forget your boarding gate and schedule! 🙂
I’ve flown with EK for return trips BAH-DXB-MNL in Aug 2011 and BAH-DXB in Feb 2012 and looking forward to fly with them again for subsequent visits to and thru Dubai. 🙂
The roomiest seats / legroom, superb food, friendly cabin crew, unlimited inflight entertainment options, modern airport facilities, and the list goes on…