Emirates Airlines (or simply Emirates) is the national airline of Dubai, and a leading airline in the world. Operating out of its primary hub at Dubai International Airport, Emirates flies to over 140 destinations in more than 80 countries spanning over 6 continents, excluding Antarctica. Each week, over 1500 Emirates flights depart Dubai en-route to destinations world-wide.
Whether you’re flying to Dubai, New York, London, or somewhere more exotic, you’ll get there in comfort if you fly Emirates Airlines.
Emirates operates the largest international network in the world. The airline flies to over 150 destinations across 6 continents. The operates flights from Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg to their hub in Dubai on a daily basis. From Dubai the airline connects passengers to their 150+ destinations around the world.
Emirates airline is based in the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai. The airline is owned by the Investment Corporation of Dubai, which is the investment arm of the government. Emirates is the largest airline in the Middle East, and one of the largest airlines in the world. The airline operates more than 3300 flights per week from their base at Dubai International Airport. The airline operates flights to over 150 destinations in 78 countries around the world.
Emirates conduct flights from three major South African cities: Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. Often travelling through Dubai, Emirates conduct over 90 flights from Johannesburg, to destinations such as Boston, Athens, Hong Kong, Moscow and Paris.
The airline conducts approximately 80 flights from Durban – destinations such as Amsterdam, Bangkok, London and Singapore.
Lastly, Emirates conduct just over 50 flights from the Mother City itself – Cape Town. International destinations include Copenhagen, Chicago, Geneva, Hamburg, and Milan.
Emirates flew its first routes out of Dubai, on 25th October 1985, with leased Boeing 737 and Airbus 300 B4 aircraft. Since then, the airline has evolved into a globally influential travel and tourism conglomerate.
The airline boasts a range of world class aircraft. Emirates operate a fleet consisting of Airbus and Boeing airplanes. The fleet consists of Airbus A330, A340, A350 and A380, and Boeing 777 aircraft. Emirates is the world’s largest operator of the world’s biggest passenger aircraft, the Airbus A380.
Emirates Airline will introduce a third daily flight between Cape Town and Dubai. The flight is set to take off for the first time on the 4th of July 2016. Emirates flight EK778 will depart Dubai at 10h50 and arrive in Cape Town at 18h30. The return flight, EK779, will depart Cape Town at 20h05 and arrive back in Dubai at 07h30.25/04/2016
Emirates Airlines and Alaska Airlines have signed a codeshare agreement which will allow passengers to book tickets on both airlines through Emirates’ booking portal. The agreement will see Emirates selling seats on Alaskan Airlines flights to 49 cities across North America including Honolulu, Las Vegas, Portland, Pullman, Denver, Phoenix, Sacramento, Spokane and Anchorage.
Emirates recently introduced a new baggage policy. Economy class passengers are allowed two pieces of luggage weighing no more than 23kg each. Business class and first class passengers are allowed two pieces of luggage weighing no more than 32kg each. Infants in all classes are allowed one piece which may not weight more than 23kg.
Emirates carry-on baggage allowances may vary depending on your route, class of travel and membership. Duty free purchases are permitted, in reasonable quantities, for all service classes. Customers travelling with infants are permitted to bring one carry-cot or one fully collapsible stroller, as well as one extra piece of checked-in baggage.
First class and business class customers are permitted two pieces of carry-on baggage. Each item may not exceed 7 kilograms.
Economy class customers are permitted one piece of carry-on baggage that may not weigh more than 7 kilograms. All cabin baggage must fit either under the seat in front of you or in one of the overhead lockers. Baggage may not be placed behind your legs, in the aisles or in front of emergency exits.
Oversized cabin Baggage
Exemptions may be granted for oversized cabin baggage containing valuable or fragile items. Sports equipment and musical instruments are subject to the same size and weight restrictions. Items that may cause injury are not allowed in cabin baggage.
Emirates Airlines allows passengers to travel with some non-traditional travelling items. Items include scuba diving equipment, skis and surfboards. Special baggage can be carried free of charge as part of your free checked baggage allowance. If you are traveling with an infant you are allowed an additional piece of checked baggage. Items may not exceed 10-23 kilograms, depending on the flight. You are also entitled to bring one collapsible stroller or carry-cot.
Emirates Airlines check-in desks close 45 minutes before the flight depart. Travellers have the option of checking in at the airport or checking in online.
Online check in
Checking-in online opens 24 hours before flights depart. Online check in allows you to check in from the comfort of your home, office or hotel. You can choose to print your boarding pass or check-in receipt, collect your boarding pass at the airport, or receive a mobile boarding pass on your mobile.
Emirates offer first class, business class and economy class seating options. There are a handful of loyalty and membership programs. Emirates Airlines in-flight service adds value to your travel by keeping you comfortable, well-fed, and entertained. Travellers flying with Emirates experience the highest standards of quality and personalised service.
A complete range of complimentary drinks are available on most flights. Menus and dining facilities vary depending on the flight.
Economy class meals include a number of courses. There are complimentary drinks on offer. For a small fee fliers can enjoy world-class champaign and vintage wines.
Enjoy multiple courses of regionally inspired meals on your business class flight. Business class passengers are also served a complete range of complimentary drinks including champagne, vintage wines and cocktails.
The dining options in first class are world class. There is an extensive snack and meal menu. Complimentary drinks are available including cocktails and champagne.
Emirates Airlines does allow travelling with pets. Emirates Airlines does not allow pets to travel in the cabin of the aircraft on any flight. Pets will be carried in the aircraft hold. Domesticated pets will be accepted provided they are placed in a suitable container for transportation.
Each animal must be placed in a container that has enough space for the animal to turn about normally while standing. The ventilation openings must be small enough so that paws/nose cannot protrude outside the container, but big enough that they can get enough oxygen. The container must be lockable.
Emirates Airlines does allows Certified Assistance Dogs for blind, deaf or disabled passengers to travel free of charge in the aircraft cabin on most flights.
Charges differ for pets depending on the size of container, weight of your pet and distance being travelled. Additional handling, local government and customs clearance charges may apply.
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