Emirates enjoys banner year

DUBAI, 29 December 2017: 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 added flights and upgraded capacity to several points across its network and served more cities with its A380s following the launch of five new A380 destinations: Tokyo-Narita, Casablanca and São Paulo, Nice and Johannesburg.

Highlights of the year included Emirates entering into a partnership with FlyDubai, last July, which includes an extensive codeshare agreement and schedule alignment, that will eventually offer travellers more than 200 destinations on the combined networks of both airlines.

In October, Emirates and Qantas announced the extension of their partnership until 2023, with proposed network changes that would deliver greater year-round frequency and more services to Australia and New Zealand.

Since January 2017, Emirates has carried over 59 million passengers and registered over 3,600 passenger flights on average per week, or over 191,000 flights in 2017.

Reflecting on the year, Emirates president, Tim Clark said: “Despite the ups and downs of 2017, we implemented initiatives to boost revenues, trim costs, and used emerging technologies to make our business and operations more agile.”

Emirates grew its fleet by 21 new aircraft in 2017, with  nine A380 and 12 Boeing 777-300ER deliveries, rounding off the year with 269 aircraft, and 243 aircraft pending delivery. The airline also retired 11 aircraft over the course of the year.

Powering its fleet expansion and future growth, Emirates made global headlines at the Dubai Airshow when it placed a USD15.1 billion for 40 Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The order will enable the airline to maintain a young and efficient fleet, complementing its Boeing 777 and A380 fleet.