Emirates: The History

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In this article, we will look at the history of the U.A.E carrier, Emirates and how it has pioneered aviation firsts in its 37-year lifespan.

Emirates’ History

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Emirates is a major international airline based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is the largest airline in the Middle East by fleet size, number of destinations served, and international passenger traffic.

Emirates was founded in 1985 by the government of Dubai with a fleet of two aircraft and a single route between Dubai and Karachi in Pakistan. The airline has since grown rapidly, and now operates a fleet of over 250 aircraft and flies to over 120 destinations in over 70 countries.


Emirates has a long history of innovation and firsts. In 1990, it became the first Middle Eastern airline to operate a long-haul service to Europe, with a flight to London.

In 1992, it became the first Middle Eastern airline to operate the Airbus A340, then in 2008, it became the first airline in the world to operate the SuperJumbo Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger aircraft.

Emirates has also been a pioneer in the development of in-flight entertainment. In 1992, it became the first airline in the world to offer seatback televisions on all of its aircraft. Then in 2003, it launched the first live TV service on an aircraft, and in 2007, it launched the first on-demand movie service.

Emirates has been consistently ranked as one of the world’s best airlines for many years. In 2016 the airline was recognised by Skytrax as the world’s best airline.

Emirates is a major contributor to the economy of Dubai. It employs over 60,000 people in Dubai, and it is one of the largest taxpayers in the Emirate. Emirates also plays a major role in promoting tourism to Dubai, to which it is estimated that the airline brings over $20 billion into the UAE economy each year, and this figure continues to grow year-on-year as the carrier continues its expansion.

Emirates is a global brand, and it is one of the most recognized airlines in the world. It has a strong reputation for safety, reliability, and customer service. Emirates is committed to providing its customers with the best possible travel experience, and it is constantly investing in new aircraft, new technology, and new services.

Emirates is also a major player in the global aviation industry, and it is an important part of the economic and social fabric of Dubai. The airline has a long and successful history, and it is poised for continued growth in the years to come.

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