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United Arab Emirates (UAE) and was setup in 1985 by the
government Chairman is Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoom. In
2007 the airline the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and was setup in 1985 by the
was the carried,
and fifth-largest in the world in terms of scheduled international whose
passenger-kilometres flown. It is also the ninth-largest in terms of scheduled
freight tonne-kilometres flown (eighth in scheduled international freight
tonne-kilometres flown). The airline ranks amongst the top 10 carriers
worldwide in terms of revenue, and has become the largest airline in the
Middle East in terms of revenue, fleet size, and passengers carried and is the
eighth largest airline in Asia, in terms of passengers carried. The airline
operates over 3,710 passenger flights per week, to 91 destinations in 55
countries. Cargo activities are undertaken by the Emirates Group's Emirates
SkyCargo division. Its main base is Dubai International Airport. On 16 October
2008, Emirates moved all operations at Dubai International Airport to Terminal
3, a new terminal dedicated exclusively to Emirates. Terminal 3 is over
1,500,000 m2 (370 acres), the single largest terminal building in the world.
During the 2007/08 financial year, Emirates carried 21.2 million passengers. A
total of 1.3 million tonnes of cargo was transported by Emirates Airline and
Emirates SkyCargo, the freight subsidiary of The Emirates Group.
First class passengers have a full suite, complete with closing doors to ensure
privacy, a mini-bar, a coat rack and storage. They also feature the ICE system
and a 23 in (58 cm) LCD screen. The seat converts into a 2 m (6.6 ft) fully flat
bed. On its newly delivered A380, first class features private suites, two
shower-equipped lavatories, and access to the first/business class bar area.
ICE allows passengers to choose from a library of movies, audio CDs, and
video games. ICE offers over 130 on-demand movie titles and 15 video on
demand channels, 60 prerecorded television channels, 350 audio channels,
and around 50 video-game titles. ICE can also be accessed in 10 languages
such as English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Korean, and Japanese. Since 2003,
all entertainment options are available on-demand to all classes with options to
pause, forward, and rewind them.
access, send or receive emails for US $1 per message. ICE also contains a
seat-to-seat chat server.
In November 2006 the airline signed a deal with mobile communications firm
AeroMobile to allow in-flight use of mobile phones to call or text people on the
ground, on selected 777s. The service was first introduced on a commercial
service between Dubai and Casablanca on 20 March 2008.
Emirates now features docking capability for Apple Inc.'s iPod portable music
and video player as of mid-2007. This allows the device's battery to be
charged, but also allows integration with Emirates' in-flight entertainment (IFE)
system. This also enables the IFE system to play music, television shows, or
movies stored on the iPod, as well as function as a control system.
Newspapers and magazines
Newspapers and magazines are available to all first and business class
passengers on Emirates flights. Free newspapers are also provided to all
economy class passengers. The Emirates in-flight magazine, Openskies, is
provided to all passengers on all flights.
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