Emirates marks 30th year of operation with new routes, including world’s longest flight
31 March, 2016
The close of 2015 marked a milestone for Emirates Airlines, which celebrated its 30th year in operation. Last year, Emirates added 26 new aircrafts to its fleet, comprising 15 A380s, 10 Boeing 777-300ERs and 1 Boeing 777 Freighter, ending the year with 246 aircrafts in service. The airline expanded its network to 150 destinations in 2015, with the addition of six new passenger destinations: Bali, Multan, Orlando, Mashhad, Bologna and in Istanbul.
Emirates’ latest milestone came when they launched the world’s longest non-stop flight, between Dubai and Auckland, New Zealand, with an estimated flight time of 17 hours and 15 minutes. The inaugural flight took place on March 2, 2016 and provides a key link between the two countries, expected to boost inbound traffic from New Zealand as well as provide another flight route for New Zealand seeking faster connections to Europe and the Middle East.
Emirates continues its fleet expansion, planning to add 37 new planes to its fleet as it expands operations in Asia with new destinations in 2016. The airline will receive 21 Airbus A380 superjumbos and 16 Boeing 777s from April 2016 to March 2017.