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Emirates (Arabic: الإمارات al-Imārāt) is one of the airlines that fly from the United Arab Emirates. It was established in 1985. Its IATA designator is EK. It hubs Dubai International Airport in Dubai.
The current chairman of Emirates is Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum . The vice chairman and group president is Maurice Flanagan .
Emirates SkyCargo is the cargo subsidiary of Emirates.
Emirates has ordered 45 Airbus A380 aircraft. It will be the third airline to receive the aircraft, after launch airline Singapore Airlines and then Qantas. 41 passenger A380s are to be purchased and 2 are to be leased from International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC). 2 freighter A380s have been ordered for Emirates SkyCargo. The first A380 will be delivered to Emirates in October 2006 (ref: Airliner World, March 2005).
- See full article: Emirates destinations
Other facts of interest
- Emirates is the title sponsor of the Dubai World Cup thoroughbred horse race and was a major sponsor of the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup.
- United States astronaut Buzz Aldrin and former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright were passengers on the airline's first flight from Dubai to New York City.
- Emirates is the main sponsor behind the America's Cup challenge team Emirates Team New Zealand , made from the remnants of Team New Zealand who won the cup in 1996, and defended in 2000 before losing it in 2003.
- Emirates is currently main sponsor of Chelsea F.C., and will become main sponsor of Arsenal F.C. from the 2005/2006 English football season . See also Emirates Stadium.
- Emirates also holds the sponsorship rights for cricket umpires and association football referees.
The picture of the Emirates A345 was taken by Dennis Lau, and taken with permission from Airliners.net.
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