Emirates rounds off a year of growth with fleet and product milestones
Emirates has rounded off the year of growth in 2016, underlined by fleet and network expansion, as well as customer focused product investments.
Sir Tim Clark, president Emirates Airline said: “Consumer appetite for travel has remained resilient, despite socio-economic and political headwinds around the globe, and that is reflected in our operational growth. Emirates will continue on our strategy of organic growth, leveraging on the geo-centricity of the UAE, and Dubai’s dynamic developments in tourism and commerce. We will also continue to invest in our product and services so as to offer our customers an outstanding experience and value proposition while they discover the world.”
An all Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 fleet
Emirates scaled up its fleet in 2016 with the addition of 36 new aircraft, consisting of 20 A380s, 16 Boeing 777-300ERs, while retiring 29 older aircraft. The airline concluded the year with 255 aircraft in service, with an average age of 5.0 years, significantly below the industry average of over 11 years.
Emirates also began taking delivery of its newest generation Airbus A380 and Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The new Airbus A380 has several notable new features including an enhanced seat configuration in Economy Class, and a higher ceiling in the Business Class Cabin for a more spacious feel. Emirates’ new Boeing 777-300ERs delivered from November also feature the airline’s new Business Class seat.
Expanded network footprint
Emirates unlocked seven new passenger points and one cargo destination in 2016, rounding off the year with 154 destinations in its global network.
Emirates also expanded its A380 network to 44 destinations with the addition of eight new points. Customer experience investment
This year, Emirates unveiled its enhanced Business Class seat on its Boeing 777 aircraft, and continued to strengthen its in-flight entertainment (IFE) offering.
On the ground, investments continued in upgrading the lounge experience. Emirates this year completed a US$ 11 million refurbishment of its Business Class lounge at Concourse B in Dubai, which now includes a barista experience, a health hub with Voss water, and an exclusive Moët & Chandon champagne lounge. The airline also extended its dedicated lounge network with the opening of its lounge in Cape Town.
Emirates also began offering customers more flexibility to check in for their flights by extending check-in in times from 24 hours to 48 hours.
Emirates topped The Brand Finance Global 500 report as the world’s most valuable airline brand in 2016, with the airline’s brand value growing more than 17% to US$ 7.7 billion. Throughout 2016, Emirates continued to use sports, musical and cultural events as a platform to engage with its customers and fans.