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Emirates History

Emirates, officially known as Emirates Airline, is one of the largest and most well-known airlines in the world. Founded in 1985, the airline is based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and is owned by the government of Dubai's Investment Corporation of Dubai.

Emirates was established with the goal of connecting Dubai to the rest of the world and promoting the city as a global hub for business and tourism. In its early years, the airline operated with just two aircraft, a leased Boeing 737 and an Airbus 300 B4. However, it quickly expanded its fleet and route network, adding destinations across the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.

One of the key factors behind Emirates' success is its commitment to providing exceptional service and comfort to its passengers. The airline has continually invested in state-of-the-art aircraft, including the iconic Airbus A380 and the Boeing 777, which offer spacious cabins, luxurious amenities, and the latest in-flight entertainment systems.

More Airline Insights & Tips

Here are a few of helpful resources & tips that can further enhance your knowledge of Emirates airlines and how to best be prepared for your trip:

  • Delays are an unfortunate fact of the life of an air traveler. Arm yourself against surprises by knowing the flight status of your EK Emirates flight before heading to the airport, as this could save you a lot of time, or even your trip to the airport if your flight is canceled.
  • Info can be found here on Emirates’s company structure, headquarters, etc.
  • See which partnerships and alliances Emirates has here. This is useful if you want to build up your frequent flyer points on partner airlines.
  • Want to know which plane types are in service? Check out EK’s fleet list here.
  • When considering a flight booking on Emirates, be aware that third-party travel sites might require you to use their customer service instead of Emirates's, which may be less than ideal in certain situations.

Beyond the history presented here for Emirates, if you’re wanting more aviation history, read about the history of commercial flight here, or the history of the airline industry here.

Emirates has also been at the forefront of innovation in the aviation industry. It was one of the first airlines to introduce personal entertainment systems in all of its seats, allowing passengers to choose from a wide selection of movies, TV shows, music, and games. The airline has also been a pioneer in offering in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity, making it easier for passengers to stay connected during their journey.

Over the years, Emirates has received numerous awards and accolades for its outstanding service and operational excellence. It has been named the World's Best Airline by Skytrax multiple times and has consistently ranked among the top airlines in the world.

Today, Emirates operates a vast global network, serving over 150 destinations in more than 80 countries. Its hub at Dubai International Airport has become one of the busiest airports in the world, connecting millions of passengers every year.

For more information about this airline, check out our comprehensive Emirates Guide.

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