Emirates is an airline based at Dubai International Airport, United Arab Emirates. It is the largest airline in the Middle East.
During the mid-1980s, Gulf Air began to cut back its services to Dubai. As a result Emirates was conceived in 1985 with backing from Dubai’s royal family, whose Dubai Royal Air Wing provided two of the airline’s first aircraft. It was required to operate independent of government subsidies. In the years following its founding, the airline expanded both its fleet and its destinations. In 2008, Emirates moved all operations at Dubai International Airport to Terminal 3. In 2012, it was announced that Emirates and Qantas had signed a 10-year agreement to set up a major alliance, which would see Qantas move its hub for its European flights from Singapore to Dubai Airport.
Emirates became the second operator of the Airbus A380-800 after Singapore Airlines and has won numerous awards. The airline ranks amongst the top 10 carriers worldwide in terms of revenue and passenger kilometres.