Based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Emirates Airlines is one of the best airlines to travel the world. It is a subsidiary of The Emirates Group. Conceived in March 1985, the airline’s first flight (flight EK600) was launched between Dubai – Karachi on October 25, 1985. Being the largest airline operating from Middle East region, Emirates serves more than 142 cities across 78 countries with nearly 3,400 flights per week from
its hub at Dubai International Airport. The airline operates a mixed fleet consisting of Airbus and Boeing wide-body aircrafts for its short-haul and long-haul operations.
The IATA code for Emirates is EK.
Code share partner airlines
Emirates Airlines is not a member of any international airline alliances. However the airline has codeshare agreements with Air Mauritius, Air New Zealand, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Garuda Indonesia, JetBlue, Jetstar, Jetstar Asia, Korean Air, Philippine Airlines, Qantas, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Silk Air, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, TAP Portugal, Thai Airways International and Virgin America.
The airline offers First Class, Business Class and Economy Class cabin facilities. The First Class and Business Class cabin comforts vary depending on the type of aircraft and the route. Passengers can check the aircraft facilities beforehand by simply putting the flight details on the airline’s website. Its on-board entertainment system – ICE (Information, Communication and Entertainment) was introduced in 2003 and today features between 600-1200 channels. The latest version of ICE – ICE Digital Widescreen offers 1200 channels of pre-selected entertainment to passengers in Economy, Business and First Class.
Emirates Airlines calculates the baggage by weight, the travel route, class of travelling and Emirates Skywards status, if any. Generally, Economy Class passengers can check-in 30kg, Business Class passengers are permitted 40kgs and First Class passengers can travel with 50kgs of checked baggage. For cabin baggage, Economy Class passengers can carry 1 piece of luggage with weight not exceeding 7kg while First Class and Business Class passengers are permitted two pieces of luggage each not exceeding 7kg. Duty free purchases of liquor, cigarettes and perfume in reasonable quantities are also permitted in cabin luggage for all classes of passengers.
For detailed baggage information on Emirates, please visit the airline website.
Frequent flyer program
Emirates Skywards is the frequent-flyer program for all its loyal members and frequent travellers. It is a four-tier frequent-flyer program used by over 8.4 million customers across the globe. The three primary tiers are Blue and Silver which requires 25,000 miles for entry; Gold requires 50,000 tier miles while the top variant – Platinum requires 1,50,000 miles for entry. There are many benefits for enrolling for this requent-flyer program as the passenger can earn free upgrades, complimentary lounge services and even free air tickets depending on the usage.
Book Emirates airlines online
Online booking lets you purchase Emirates flight tickets with utmost convenience. The process, being simple and fast, gets you a lot of information in a single view. You are only required to fill in a small form with the essential details, such as dates of travel and the destination, and you can compare airfares easily and quickly. Flights at different times of the day may have different fares. Flexibility with time lets you select the lowest airfare quite easily. Not only flight schedules, but information about direct flights and those that have a stopover, is available at the click of a mouse. And when you purchase Emirates flight tickets online, you might also get a cheaper airfare on round-trip bookings.