Published on : Monday, December 31, 2018
In 2018, this Dubai based airline has operated over 192,000 flights, with its fleet of 274 aircraft travelling more than 908 million kilometres around the globe.
Over 66 million meals were served on its flights departing from Dubai, and close to 36 million pieces of baggage were moved to its network of 157 destinations.
The airline also launched four new routes to London Stansted, Edinburgh, Santiago de Chile as well as the Dubai-Bali-Auckland service.
It also added frequencies to 20 destinations, while capacity to eight cities was upgraded. It also opened a new lounge in Cairo, taking the total number of dedicated Emirates lounges to 42. Emirates hit two fleet milestones in 2018, celebrating 10 years of A380 operations in August, and taking delivery of its last Boeing 777-300ER, its 146th in December.
In January, the airline also announced a $16bn (Dhs58.7bn) deal for 36 additional Airbus A380 aircraft, to be delivered to Emirates from 2020 onwards. In the last year, Emirates also undertook a $150m programme to refurbish its Boeing 777-200LR fleet.
The 10 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.
Emirates Airline also introduced new luxury products in first and business class developed in collaborations with BYREDO skincare, Bowers & Wilkins and Bulgari.
In 2018, the airline also extended its partnership with flydubai to expand access to its customers to a combined network of 206 unique points. Over one million passengers have booked their travel on combined Emirates and flydubai itineraries.
During the year Emirates airlines has also announced a new codeshare agreement with Jetstar Pacific and improved its commercial strategic partnership with South African Airways.