Emirates International Flights
Emirates is the national airline of Dubai, United Arab Emirates(UAE) and is a subsidiary of The Emirates Group. Emirates was formed to fill the gap created in mid-1980s when Gulf Air began to cut back its services to Dubai. The airline was backed by Dubai's royal family, who provided the airline with two aircrafts. Emirates commenced its operations from Dubai on 25 October, 1985. Since that day, they have recorded unprecedented success with an average growth of 20% every year. Its hub is at Dubai International Airport. Emirates is wholly-owned by the Government and has always worked for quality rather than quantity. The high standards of quality maintained by the airline have made it a name to reckon with, in the aviation industry. Excellent service coupled with consistent profits has given Emirates a well established brand name. A trendsetter in the aviation industry, Emirates Airlines was declared the fifth best airline in the world by Skytrax in 2009.
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Fleet and Connectivity
Emirates mainly caters to South Asian destinations. Emirates operates a mixed fleet of Airbus and Boeing wide-body aircraft having an average age of 5.7 years, one of the youngest fleet in the industry. The fleet has 132 aircraft includes The Emirates A380, Airbus A340-500, Airbus A330-200, Airbus A340-300, Boeing 777-200, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-300 and Boeing 777-300ER. It is the world's largest operator of Boeing 777s with 83 in the fleet as of Jan 2010. Emirates operates 1,883 flights every week across its network of 103 destinations in 65 countries on six continents from its hub in Dubai, several new destinations are added each year.
Services & Facilities
Emirates offers one of the highest standards of comfort, service and facilities in every class. First class passengers have a full suite with closing doors, mini bar and LCD screen. On A380-800 first class also has shower-equipped lavatories & spa. Apart from these, seven course meal is served on long-haul flights along with a selection of fine wines. Complimentary chauffeur-driven cars are available for the First and Business Class passengers in many cities. Passengers may check-in upto 48 hrs in advance to flight departure through mobile, internet, self check-in or over the counter.
The inflight entertainment system operated by Emirates is ICE (Information, Communication, Entertainment) offering over 1000 channels of entertainment. ICE allows in-flight use of mobile phones, email service( at nominal cost), music, movies and video games in 10 languages. The business class and economy class are also provided with in-flight comforts such as use of mobile/sms, laptop charging, email service, sleeper seats and 600 channels of on-demand entertainment.
Frequent Flyer Program
The frequent flyer program of Emirates is Skywards. It is a three-tier program divided into Blue, Silver and Gold categories. Blue is the entry level tier, each time you fly with Emirates you earn miles and become closer to the next tier. The membership tier determines the benefits received by the passenger. The program is fairly popular with over 5.72 million customers.
Emirates and ixigo
ixigo.com's association with Emirates allows fliers to receive quick information on the available Emirates flights and book directly on Emirates website at the best prices. ixigo.com searches flight availability and fares in real time once the flier launches search after entering his/her travel date(s) and destination. To add a dash of fun, there is a smooth slider bar that allows one to choose flights at convenient timings. What's more, all these world class tools are available for free, making ixigo.com a great site to search and book Emirates flights. Consumers benefit while booking Emirates flights through ixigo because they can compare all airlines' prices on a single platform while being assured that the prices they are getting are the exact prices being displayed by Emirates on its own site.