Tim Clark, Emirates Airline

Tim Clark

Emirates Airline

One of the world's most successful and fastest-growing international airlines, Emirates is the city state of Dubai's flag carrier. An expanding global network serves countries throughout Africa, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and GCC, the Americas, the Pacific Rim, and the Indian sub-continent.


    Operating revenue (million) 14,807 USD (2010)
    Passengers (million) 35.1  (2010)
    Fleet 150 aircraft in service
    AB 2010 financial ranking 10
    AB 2010 traffic ranking 4



Incorporated by an Emiri Decree issued on 26 June 1985 as the international airline of the United Arab Emirates. Operations began on October 25, 1985 with flights to Bombay, Delhi and Karachi. European destinations were added from July 1987, Far Eastern services in June 1990 and Australian services in June 1996. In April 1998 Emirates acquired a stake in Air Lanka (renamed Sri Lankan) at the same time as contracting to manage the airline for ten years. Emirates were announced as a launch customer for the Airbus A380 in 2000.

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