Emirates Airlines (Emirates) birthed in 1985 and today have a fleet size of 231 aircraft flying to 142 destinations. Operating out of Dubai International Airport with headquarters based in Garhoud, Emirates airlines is the largest in the Middle East operating approximately 3,400 flights weekly to 78 countries over six continents with cargo operations falling under Emirates Skycargo division.
Emirates has code share agreements with 20 other airlines including South African Airways, Qantas, Singapore Airlines and TAP Portugal and offer Emirates Skywards as their frequent flyer programme which has over 8.4 million members with additional frequent flyer partnerships with Virgin America and Qantas.
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Emirates Airlines Seating
Emirates have three classes of travel, First, Business and Economy Class with First Class traveller’s having a choice of three types of seating; a full suite with doors, flat bed Skycruiser (without doors) and Sleeper seats. A First Class full suite option provides passengers with privacy, a mini-bar, coat rack and storage and a 23-inch wide LCD screen with a seat converting to a 2m long flat bed.
Newer models of the A380-800s have shower-equipped toilets and a spa. Skycruiser seats extend into flat beds by integrated passenger seat control with a 19-inch wide screen. Sleeper seats reach a pitch of almost being flat.
First Class passengers enjoy a range of complimentary drinks (except on flights to Saudi Arabia) with the added benefit of ordering a meal by phoning the crew at any time from a selection of cocktails and canapés, appetisers and main courses that will turn your taste-buds into over-drive with beef, glazed duck, desserts, cheese, fruit and ending off with hot or cold beverages and chocolates. Business Class passengers can enjoy seats that convert to angled lie-flat beds including privacy partitions, massage functions, winged headrests with six-way movements for comfort, in-seat power supply, laptop connections and a 17-inch TV screen with over 600 channels of entertainment.
For Business Class traveller’s a bar service is available comprising all drinks imaginable with scrumptious main course dishes from lamb to prawns with deserts, cheeses and fruit giving your pallet the opportunity to indulge in new and wonderful tastes.
Economy Class seats vary between 31 and 34-inches in pitch on different aircraft, have adjustable headrests, in-seat laptop power connections and up to 1000 channels for entertainment. Traveller’s in Economy Class enjoy a range of complimentary drinks including aperitifs, spirits, beers, red and white wines, (except on flights to Saudi Arabia) and also Champagne, at a reasonable cost. Passengers will satisfy their appetites with a seasonal salad or smoked tuna, savor a dish of delectable chicken or lamb with a sticky date pudding, cheese, beverages and chocolates.
In Flight Entertainment
For in-flight entertainment Emirates has three types: ICE (Information, Communication, Entertainment), Ice Digital Widescreen and Emirates TV and Radio and has taken the award annually since 2003 for best in-flight entertainment from Skytrax. The ICE system comprises movies, music, audio and video games that can be accessed in 10 languages including a link to an in-flight email server allowing traveller’s access to send and receive emails. Children will never be left bored on Emirates with a great selection of radio, podcasts, interactive games, CDs, toys and magazines for them to choose from.
Flying With Children
Emirates classify Unaccompanied Minors as children above five and under 12 years of age. They’re entitled to this service provided they are travelling on a full adult fare ticket but children under the age of five are not accepted for this service. Young passengers are classed as children from age 12 up to, but not including their 16th birthday and are entitled to utilise the Unaccompanied Minors service if requested by their parents. Any passenger over the age of 12 is considered an adult but those aged between 12 and 17 are not allowed to accompany a child travelling alone unless with another passenger over the age of 18.
Allowances for cabin baggage for First and Business Class passengers are two pieces, one briefcase (45x35x20cm) plus one handbag (55x38x20cm) or one garment bag (20cm thick when folded) with each piece not exceeding 7kg.
Economy Class passengers are permitted one piece, a handbag or laptop bag (55x38x20cm) not exceeding 7kg in weight. Your checked baggage allowance with Emirates by weight concept is 50kg for First Class, 40kg for Business and 30kg for Economy.
For tickets issued on or after 15th November 2014, individual items with total dimensions exceeding 300cm will not be transported as checked baggage but must be sent as cargo or freight. Tickets issued prior to 15 November 2014 with items beyond 300cm and up to 400cm in length may be accepted in exceptional cases. Traveller’s flying to destinations in Canada and North America are allowed two bags of up to 23kg each in Economy and up to 32kg each in First and Business Class.
For those flying to South America there is an allowance of two bags of up to 32kg over all classes. As checked and cabin baggage allowances vary between routes, passengers should make use of the Baggage Allowance Calculator & Excess Baggage Rates to determine their limit including passengers with sport and musical equipment while at the same time checking on rules and conditions.
Passengers travelling with infants under two years of age (excluding North and South America) on Emirates Airlines may check in up to 10kg additional baggage while those travelling to North or South America may check in one extra piece no more than 23kg in weight and not exceeding 115m in total dimensions. One fully collapsible stroller or carry-cot may be taken space permitting otherwise as checked baggage at no extra cost. Passengers with disabilities may check a fully collapsible wheelchair, braces or pair of crutches, one portable dialysis machine with equipment and passengers with visual or hearing impairments relying on assistance dogs will not be allowed to have their assistance dog in the cabin, they must be placed in a kennel in the hold.