Emirates, the world’s largest carrier on international routes, on Sunday celebrated its 30th anniversary. The airline which began its operation in 1985 with two leased aircraft, now boasts the world’s largest wide-body fleet of Boeing 777’s and Airbus A380’s.
Over the years, Emirates has faced multiple crises including two Gulf wars, several financial crises and challenges by the three largest US carriers claiming governmental subsidization. The airline has also faced opposition in Europe, led by two of the continents largest carriers Lufthansa and Air France-KLM.
Emirates, together with Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways, are threatening legacy carriers with their rapid growth. Using Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha as international hubs, the three airlines are transporting a growing number of passengers traffic between the East and the West.
Emirates’ hub, Dubai International, in 2014 became the world’s busiest airport for international passengers, overtaking London Heathrow.
Emirates which serves 132 destination is studying the purchase of Boeing 787 Dreamliners or Airbus A350 long-range jets to fly 250 to 300 passengers on more regional routes.