Emirates recently announced key achievements in 2015.
Since January 2015, the airline has carried over 51.3 million passengers, which represented nine percent more passengers during the same period in the previous year.
The airline operated around 3,600 flights on average per week, or over 186,000 flights in 2015, travelling more than 824 m kilometres around the globe, which is the distance equivalent of more than 1,000 trips to the moon and back. The airline served over 57 m meals on its flights departing Dubai, and handled over 35 m pieces of baggage in Dubai alone.
Sir Tim Clark, president Emirates Airline said: “2015 had been one of considerable growth for Emirates as we continued to steer our course despite headwinds of regional conflict, unfavourable currency impact, and shaky business and consumer confidence in many global markets. Emirates has come out strong, as our mindset, combined with our fleet and network strategy has enabled us to absorb shocks and maximise opportunities.”
The airline also added 26 new aircraft to its fleet in 2015, comprising 15 A380s, 10 Boeing 777-300ERs and 1 Boeing 777 Freighter, rounding off the year with 246 aircraft in service.
The airline also expanded its network to 150 destinations in 2015, with addition of six new passenger destinations – Bali, Multan, Orlando, Mashhad, Bologna and Sabiha Gokcen in Istanbul. In addition, Emirates uplifted frequencies and upgraded capacity to numerous points across its network.
In August, Emirates announced plans to launch services to Panama City, beginning 1 February 2016. The new service will be the longest non-stop flight in the world (17 hours 35 minutes). The last year also witnessed Emirates expand to a number of cities served by its A380 aircraft to 36. Emirates brought A380 services to Perth, Dusseldorf, Madrid and Copenhagen, and layered on more A380 services to the schedules of nine other existing points spanning east to west, to highly positive customer feedback. During the year, Emirates also led one-off A380 services to seven destinations: Prague, Taipei, Brussels, Sao Paulo, Cologne, Manama and Doha.