Emirates were founded in 1959 by the Dubai Government, with just 5 ground-staff managing what is now Dubai International Airport. From these small beginnings, Emirates grew to become one of the top ten carriers in the world in terms of passenger distance travelled. Today it operates almost 3,400 flights per week from Dubai and takes travellers to more than 130 cities in 74 countries around the globe. Emirates are undoubtedly one of the largest and most eminent airlines in the Middle East.
During the Gulf War, Emirates was the only airline to continue to fly in the last ten days of the war – increasing their business ad revenue dramatically. In 2011, Emirates placed the largest single order in Boeing’s history for 50 777-300 ER aircraft, worth 18 billion dollars.
The following information is correct as of July 2014 and is subject to change. Please check with the airline directly for complete accuracy.
How to Check In
Emirates operate online, mobile and airport check-in. Online check-in can be done from 24 hours up to 1.5 hours before departure. Passengers can either print their own boarding pass or pick it up on arrival at the airport. Passengers should leave additional time if this is required. Mobile check-in is also offered. This service enables passengers to check-in, download and save their boarding pass and choose seats. If checking bags in online or via mobile, luggage must be taken to the ‘Bag Drop’ area in the airport prior to boarding. It is advised to leave 90 minutes prior to departure if dropping off bags. Those not checking in luggage can arrive one hour prior to take-off. Economy passengers wishing to check-in at the airport should allow 3 hours to do so prior to the flight departing. Boarding gates close 15 minutes before the scheduled take-off.
Baggage Allowance and Fees
Emirates allow Economy passengers one item of free cabin baggage measuring no more than 55cm x 38cm x 20cm and weighing no more than 7kg. First and Business class passengers may bring one item of cabin baggage of the same dimensions plus and additional item such as a handbag or briefcase. Two pieces of checked luggage are allowed per passenger, weighing a maximum of 23kg each. For Business Class travellers this is increased to 32kg. Excess baggage charges are applicable but vary depending on the destination. Please check with Emirates for more information.
Economy class on Emirate offers passengers an ample amount of legroom. Business class passengers can enjoy lie flat beds while those in First class are have the added luxury of a completely private suite. Seating is allocated at the time of booking but passengers can change their seats at any time, free of charge.
Emirates do not charge for using credit or debit cards when booking flights. All fees are shown in the price of the ticket at booking stage.
Service on Board
Emirates leave most other airlines in the shade in terms of their in-flight entertainment and catering choice. On board service always comes with a smile from impeccably dressed and qualified staff for whom nothing is too much trouble. Twenty is the average number of languages spoken by the onboard crew, who provide faultless service. Economy class passengers can choose food from a menu offering a choice of dining options, while Business and First class travellers are lavished with meals to rival many European restaurants, accompanied by a choice of fine wines. Entertainment is as plentiful as the cuisine with hundreds of channels boasting movies, games, music and TV programmes all on personal screens, while children are given complimentary packs which include toys, books or games to keep them occupied in-flight.
According to flight Stats 82% of Emirates flights were on time between May and June 2014
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