Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Emirates’ year by the numbers

Emirates marked the end of this year with a few statistics.

During 2013, the airline carried 43 million passengers far enough to circumnavigate the Earth 18,753 times with a total of 164,635 flights.

 To keep the passengers fed, the Emirates Flight Catering loaded 46 million meals. A notable day was December 20, when EKFC prepared 157,308 meals, breaking its production record reached in March of the same year, at 147,722 meals.

In 2013, the airline took delivery of 24 aircraft, which were a combination of A380s and 777s in passenger and freighter configuration. They were placed in service along with nine new routes. This year also marked the fifth year the airline has operated the A380. It has carried more than 18 million passengers on 45,000 flights. The airline now uses one of the big jets on the world’s longest flight -- Dubai to Los Angeles at 16 hours and 20 minutes.

But what the airline calls its biggest news came at the November Dubai Airshow when it placed ordered for 200 aircraft, 150 777Xs and 50 A380s at US$99 billion. Watch the airline’s role in a memorable event in Dubai here.

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