• Chidozie Uzoezie

Emirates Ends 2017 on High Note with Fleet and Product Milestones

Emirates is concluding another banner year of growth and innovation, marking significant milestones across its fleet, network, and product innovation initiatives.

Since January 2017, Emirates has carried over 59 million passengers, served over 63 million meals on its flights departing Dubai, and moved over 35 million pieces of baggage to156 destinations.

Emirates operated over 3,600 flights on average per week, or over 191,000 flights in 2017, travelling more than 886 million kilometres around the globe, equivalent to over 16,000 trips to Mars.

The airline grew its fleet by 21 in 2017, with 9 A380s and 12 Boeing 777-300ERs, rounding off the year with 269 aircraft, and 243 pending delivery. It also retired 11 aircraft during the year.

The airline marked 9 years of A380 operations and also celebrated its 100th A380 delivery milestone in November, strengthening its position as the world’s largest operator of the iconic double-decker aircraft. The Emirates A380 has carried over 90 million passengers since its introduction in 2008.

Emirates expanded its network to 156 destinations in 2017, with the addition of three new passenger destinations: Newark, USA via Athens; Zagreb, Croatia; and Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

In addition, Emirates boosted frequencies and upgraded capacity to several points across its network, reaffirming the airline’s commitment to offer greater choice and connections for its customers.

Emirates expanded the number of cities served by its A380 in 2017 aircraft to 48, with the launch of five new A380 destinations including Tokyo-Narita, Casablanca, São Paulo, Nice and Johannesburg.

Over 10 million passengers connected to Wi-Fi onboard Emirates flights in 2017, reinforcing the importance of connectivity in the air.

In November, Emirates unveiled its game-changing, fully enclosed Boeing 777-300ER First Class

private suites inspired by the Mercedes Benz S-Class.

On ground, Emirates expanded its lounge network with the opening of new facilities at Boston Logan International Airport taking the total number of dedicated Emirates Lounges globally to 41.

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