Reflecting on the successes of 2017, Emirates recently released a statement highlighting a number of key milestones that the airline achieved in the last year.
Over 2017, the airline reportedly carried over 59 million passengers and conducted more than 191,000 flights. Additionally, Emirates has reportedly served over 63 million meals on its flights departing Dubai, and has transferred over 35 million pieces of baggage in Dubai.
Commenting on achievements over 2017, Sir Tim Clark, president Emirates Airline shared: “Despite the ups and downs of 2017, Emirates delivered steady growth and we have come out stronger and even more resilient.
“Throughout the year, we challenged convention and acted nimbly to mitigate challenges and maximise opportunities. We implemented initiatives to boost revenues, trim costs, and used emerging technologies to make our business and operations more agile, without compromising on quality or service.
He added: “We enter 2018 with optimism, and an unflagging drive to keep raising the bar in terms of customer experience and business performance.”
In terms of its fleet, the airline has expanded its total number of aircraft by 21, adding nine A380 and 12 Boeing 777-300ER. Closing 2017 with 269 aircraft, Emirates reportedly has another 243 aircraft pending delivery. At last year’s Dubai Airshow, the airline announced a $15.1b deal for 40 Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
Additionally, Emirates expanded its global network to accommodate 156 destinations, which in 2017, saw the additions of new routes to Croatia and Cambodia, to name a few.
Emirates SkyCargo also reported a number of key milestones in 2017, which includes the processing of 2.5 million tonnes of freight, as well the launch of specialised transportation capabilities supporting a variety of industry verticals. An example of the latter is the launch of Emirates Pharma, which oversees pharmaceutical cargo and experienced 38% growth in volume since inception.
A strategic operational partnership was also inked by Emirates SkyCargo and Cargolux Airlines that will see both carriers working closely to optimise networks and enhance capacity for key markets.