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An overview of Emirates Airlines

image of Emirates AirlinesEmirates Airlines, or Emirates for short, is a part of the Emirates Group and has been in operation since October 1985. The airline is based in Dubai and started out its journey with 2 leased aircrafts: an Airbus 300 B4 and a Boeing 737. They had a single goal in mind – Quality.

Emirates Airlines is owned solely by the Dubai government. The airline deliberately developed in stature and scale by competing successfully against its aviation counterparts. Dubai has an open sky policy and the numbers of global carriers who are taking advantage of this policy are steadily increasing. Emirates Airlines consider this policy to be an essential ingredient in maintaining their competitiveness and their identity.

The company initially started out with finding provided by the Government of Dubai. Soon however, the government came to the conclusion that it would be best to treat Emirates Airlines as a separate business entity. This was probably the best thing that could have happened to the airline. Their growth has always been 20% or more annually and they have been showing a neat profit each and every year.

Today, Emirates is the largest airline in the Middle East and, in spite of their relative ‘youthfulness’ ranks at number nine in terms of the world’s largest airlines. Emirates Airlines also sport one of the newest, most modern fleets and flies to more than 55 countries, covering 89 destinations in all. In excess of 2,350 flights are offered every week.

The airline firmly believes that its commitment to providing the best in the industry in terms of service is one of the key factors to its growing success. It is this service centric approach that has led to Emirates’ achievement of earning more than 300 awards during its 23 years of operation.

Emirates Airline is just one of the two components of The Emirates Group. The other component is Dnata.

The operating divisions of Emirates are: Emirates Airline; Emirates Hotels and Resorts (Wolgen Valley Resort and Spa – scheduled to open this year, Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa, CapTernay Resort and Spa – scheduled to open in 2010, Timeless Spa, Green Lake Service Apartments – scheduled to open this year and The Harbour Hotel and Residences); Leisure and destination management (Arabian Adventures, Emirates Holidays, Emirates Tours and Congress Solutions International); Skywards (a membership program that allows passengers privileges during their journey); Emirates Sky Cargo; Emirates Aviation College; EmQuest and Emirates Engineering.

The operating divisions of Dnata are Marhaba; Dnata Airport Operations; Dnata Cargo; Mercator; Dnata Agencies; Dnata World of Events and Transguard.

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Globe Trotting with Emirates Airlines :
Unlike most other airlines, Emirates opted not to enter into one of the global alliance partnerships. Instead, it chose to function on it own. The airline has points of presence in almost all the major destinations in the world, purely for the purposes of ensuring a responsive service at all times.

In South Africa, Emirates connects Cape Town and Johannesburg to the various parts of the world. Emirates also connect Cape Town to Johannesburg and Durban to Cape Town.

Passengers flying out of Cape Town can choose to fly to Athens, Amman, Bahrain, Auckland, Bangkok, Bangalore, Beirut, Beijing, Brisbane, Birmingham, Calcutta, Cairo, Christchurch, Casablanca, Dhaka, Damascus, Dubai, Doha, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Glasgow, Houston, Hong Kong, Karachi, Jakarta, Kuwait, Kuala Lumpur, London, Larnaca, Manchester, Malta, Melbourne, Manila, Moscow, Milan, Munich, Mumbai, Newcastle, Muscat, Nive, New York, Perth, Paris, Sanaa, Rome, Shanghai, Sao Paulo, Sydney, Singapore, Toronto, Tehran, Tunis, Tripoli, Vienna, Venice and Zurich

If Johannesburg is the departure destination, then Emirates offers flights to Alexandria, Ahmedabad, Athens, Amman, Bahrain, Auckland, Bangkok, Bangalore, Beirut, Beijing, Bordeaux, Birmingham, Brisbane, Brest, Calcutta, Cairo, Chennai, Casablanca, Cochin, Christchurch, Damman, Colombo, Dhaka, Delhi, Dubai, Doha, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Glasgow, Houston, Hong Kong, Islamabad, Hyderabad, Jakarta, Istanbul, Kuala Lumpur, Karachi, Lahore, Kuwait, London, Larnaca, Male, Lyon, Manchester, Malta, Marseille, Manila, Milan, Melbourne, Mumbai, Moscow, Muscat, Munich, Nantes, Nagoya, New York, Newcastle, Osaka, Nice, Perth, Paris, Rome, Peshawar, Sao Paulo, Sanaa, Seychelles, Seoul, Singapore, Shanghai, Tehran, Sydney, Toulouse, Toronto, Trivandrum, Tripoli, Vienna, Venice and Zurich.