Emirates Airlines is one of the premiere airlines in the aviation industry. Based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, this is a subsidiary of The Emirates Group. The company came into being in March 1985, and made its first flight from Dubai to Karachi on October 25, 1985. Being the largest airline operating from the Middle East region, Emirates operates to 150 destinations across 6 continents. 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
Even though Emirates Airlines is not a member of any international airline alliances, it has codeshare agreements with the following airlines - 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.
Emirates airline offers First Class, Business Class and Economy Class cabin facilities. The features of First Class and Business Class cabin differ according to the type of aircraft and the route. Passengers can check the aircraft facilities beforehand by simply entering the flight details on the airline’s website. The airlines launched its on-board entertainment system – ICE (Information, Communication and Entertainment) in 2003 and today features between 600-1200 channels.
The travel route, class of travelling and Emirates Skywards status, if any, determine the baggage allowance in Emirates Airlines. Generally, Economy Class passengers are allowed to check-in 30kg, Business Class passengers can check-in 40kg and First Class passengers are permitted 50kg of checked-in baggage. Economy Class passengers can carry 1 piece of luggage with weight not exceeding 7kg as cabin baggage. First Class and Business Class passengers are allowed to carry 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.
Frequent flyer program
Emirates Airlines has conceived the Emirates Skywards – a frequent-flyer program for all its loyal members and frequent travellers. Around 8.4 million customers across the globe use this four-tier frequent-flyer program. The three primary tiers are Blue and Silver which require 25,000 miles for entry; Gold which requires 50,000 tier miles while the premium Platinum tier which requires 1,50,000 miles for entry. There are many benefits for enrolling for this frequent-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
You can purchase Emirates flight tickets online through the Emirates website. The process, being simple and fast, gets you a lot of information in a single view. You are just 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. You get information about flight schedules, direct flights and stopover online. And when you purchase Emirates flight tickets online, you might also get a cheaper airfare on round-trip bookings.