Emirates airline is based in Garhoud, Dubai, and is a part of The Emirates Group, which is controlled by the Dubai government’s Investment Corporation of Dubai. It is also the largest airline in the Middle East, with over 3,600 flights per week from its hub at Dubai International Airport’s Terminal 3 before the COVID-19 pandemic. Its fleet of over 300 aircraft serves over 150 locations in 80 countries across six continents. Emirates SkyCargo is in charge of cargo operations.
Emirates, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is probably best known for its massive fleet of Airbus A380s. While other airlines have abandoned the super-jumbo, the Dubai-based carrier has made it work with its hub-and-spoke network approach. It has also run a variety of other unique designs.
History Of Emirates’ Fleet
The royal family of Dubai created Emirates, the world’s third-largest airline by scheduled revenue passenger-kilometres flown and several foreign passengers transported, in 1985. In October of that year, the airline’s maiden flight was from Dubai to Karachi, Pakistan. Pakistan International provided its first aircraft. Through partnerships and investment, the airline expanded quickly to become one of the world’s major air carriers.
The historical fleet Of Emirates consisted of 6 units of Airbus A300-600 and one A300B4. Its cargo fleet operated 3 Airbus A310-300(F). It also operated 10 units of Airbus A310-300. From 2000 to 2004, it added 29 Airbus A330-200 units to its fleet, accounting for most of its trips. Let’s take a look at the history of Emirates’ A300 fleet.
The Airbus A300 was the company’s first production aircraft, as well as the world’s first wide body design with only two engines. It took to the skies for the first time in October 1972, and it started service with Air France in May 1974. Airbus produced 561 of these ground-breaking twin-aisle jetliners over 36 years of its manufacturing from 1971 to 2007. There were many variations of the kind. The two A300 prototypes were designated as the B1 version, with the A300B2 being the first production variation. In 1975, the first A300B4 with enhanced fuel capacity was delivered. The A300B4-600, which subsequently became known as the A300-600, was one variant of this.
Emirates Airbus A300
The A300-600 had various versions, including the A300-600R, which was operated by Emirates and had a greater range of 7,500 km (4,050 NM). All A300s were produced to these specifications after 1989. It was also half a metre longer than the A300B2, at 54.08 m. Emirates operated five A300-600Rs, according to Ch-aviation.com statistics. These planes were delivered between the early and mid-1990s, with 1990 being the busiest year. Indeed, two newcomers arrived this year, with A6-EKD arriving in June.
A6-EKE arrived in September 1990, followed by A6-EKF nine months later in June 1991. After an over two-year break, Emirates gained its fourth A300-600R (registered as A6-EKM) in August 1993. A6-EKO was the sixth and last A300-600R to join the Emirates fleet, according to ch-aviation statistics. The UAE flag carrier got this aircraft in March 1995, a little under five years after its predecessor arrived. Emirates received all five vehicles completely new.
The Fate of Airbus A300-600R
Emirates’ five A300-600Rs stayed with the company for six to ten years. They were also the first two to leave, as they initially arrived, and in 2000 both were transferred to Tunisair. They served the airline for more than a decade before being stored in 2013 and 2014. The shortest tenure of the Emirates A300 was six years, with A6-EKO departing for lessor ILFC in 2001.
It flew for MEA, Onur Air, and Saudi Arabian Airlines till a landing without its nose gear in 2012 rendered the aircraft unrepairable. This leaves just the third and fourth A300-600Rs. Both departed Emirates after ten years, in 2001 and 2003, to join Lufthansa. They currently belong to Iran, Airtour, and RadarBox.com records reveal that one of them recently flew from Tehran to Istanbul.
The Current Hero of the Fleet-Emirates 777
Emirates has the world’s largest fleet of Boeing 777 planes. It flies these sophisticated aircraft to almost 100 locations on six continents each year, carrying millions of passengers throughout the world. Emirates’ Boeing 777 covered 12,940 km, being the longest Boeing 777 flight from DXB to DFW. How many 777 do emirates have? Well, currently, it has 153 of them and 126 yet to be delivered.