Sky’s the limit as Emirates marks record-breaking year

More passengers, more routes and more planes… Dubai airline’s 2018 in numbers

Sky’s the limit as Emirates marks record-breaking year

As 2019 approaches it’s out with the old and in with the new records for Emirates, which capped off its year in world-beating style.

The world’s largest international airline carried almost 60 million passengers on more than 192,000 flights.

Its fleet of 274 aircraft travelled more than 908 km in the process – that’s more than two-and-a-half times the distance from Earth to the Moon.

From the colossal catering plant just a stone’s throw away from Dubai International Airport, the airline served 66 million meals on flights leaving DXB and moved almost 36 million bags between the 157 destinations it now flies to.

Emirates’ president Sir Tim Clark said, “Our ambitions have always been driven by a commitment to continual improvement – to make the customer experience better, and to make our business operations more efficient.

“Our customers remain at the heart of everything we do, and our continual investments in the business will be the foundation on which we will build our future growth and continue to deliver solid results.”

The year began with Emirates setting out on a Dhs550million programme to refurbish its Boeing 777-200LR fleet.

These ten newly refurbished aircraft are set in a two-class configuration offering 38 Business Class seats with wider seats laid out in a 2-2-2 configuration, and 264 seats in Economy Class.

In January, the airline announced a Dhs58.7 billion deal for 36 additional Airbus A380 aircraft, to be delivered to Emirates from 2020 onwards.
The ever-expanding fleet will continue to benefit from Emirates new services and old favourites such as in-flight wi-fi, which has now been running for a decade.

The airline also increased live TV feeds in-flight, which became a crucial feature for World Cup fans, rolled out a series of special menus marking occasions including Ramadan, Christmas, Diwali and Oktoberfest and launched the Home Check-in service in April.

Emirates will also soon allow passengers to use a mix of facial and iris recognition to check-in for their flight, complete immigration formalities, enter the Emirates Lounge, and board their flights, by simply walking through different airport touchpoints.

It’s been a remarkable 12 months, here’s to another record-breaking year.

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