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About Emirates

Emirates is one the world's largest airline and is based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and is owned by the government of Dubai's Investment Corporation of Dubai. Emirates is the largest airline in the Middle East, which operates over 3,300 flights per week from its hub at Dubai International Airport. Emirates flies to many destinations including Dubai, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, London, Amman, Baghdad, Bahrain, Basra, Beirut, Cairo, Dammam, Doha.

Starting in August 2016, Emirates will operate flights to Yangon in Myanmar and Hanoi, which is the second destination in Vietnam after Ho Chi Minh City. From May 2016, Emirates will begin four weekly flights to Yinchuan and Zhengzhou, two of China's fastest-growing flights. This in addition to flights from Dubai to Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai in mainland China.




Emirates Baggage

Carry-on Baggage

Emirates passengers travelling in First or Business class are permitted two items of carry-on baggage; one briefcase (max 18 x 14 x 8 inches) plus either a handbag (max 22 x 15 x 8 inches) or garment bag (max 8 inches thick when folded). The weight of any item must not exceed 7kg.

Economy class passengers are permitted one item of carry-on baggage, which must not exceed 55 x 38 x 20cm, and not exceed 7kg in weight.


Checked Baggage

Emirates have a baggage allowance calculator where passengers can enter their itinerary and class of travel to find out the exact allowance of their flight. This tool can be found here.

For Flights to all routes except Canada, North America and South America

Economy passengers with a ‘Special’ ticket are permitted 20kg of checked luggage. Economy passengers with a ‘Saver’ or ‘Flex’ ticket are allowed 30kg of checked luggage, and passengers with a ‘Flex Plus’ ticket are permitted 35kg of checked luggage.

Business class passengers are permitted 40kg of checked luggage.

First class passengers are permitted 50kg of checked luggage.

Passengers can check in as many pieces of baggage they like, but no individual item can exceed 32kg. In addition, the size of each bag must not exceed a combined dimension of 118 inches (length x width x height).

For Flights to/from Canada, North America and South America, and flights from Africa

Passengers in economy class can check in 2 x 23 kg bags, and passengers in first or business class can check in 2 x 32 kg bags.



Emirates Check-In Information

Online Check-In

Emirates offer online check-in from this link. This service opens 48 hours before, closing 90 minutes before scheduled flight departure time.

Airport Check-In

Passengers who have not checked in for their flights online must do so at the Emirates check-in desk. The airport check-in time will vary depending on the departure airport.


Emirates Seat Selection

Search from available seats on your Emirates flight and make your seat selection when you make your booking. Avoid disappointment onboard and book your seat in advance to make sure you have the best in-flight experience possible. Need help booking your Emirates seat? Visit our how to book seats page.


Alternative Airlines to Emirates

Please click on the logos below to find out more about airlines that fly similar routes to Emirates:

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Emirates Frequent Flyer Program

Emirates offers frequent flyer program called Emirates Skywards to reward regular travellers with the airline.

Emirates Skywards is a four-tier frequent-flyer program operated by Emirates. It is used by over 8.4 million customers.

The three primary tiers are Blue; Silver which requires 25,000 tier miles for entry; and Gold, which requires 50,000 tier miles for entry.

The Platinum tier requires 150,000 tier miles for entry.

In October 2013, Emirates launched a frequent-flyer partnership with Virgin America. Members of both airlines’ frequent-flyer programs will earn and redeem Emirates Skywards miles.

Emirates has similar frequent-flyer partnerships with: Alaska Airlines, easyJet, Japan Airlines, Jet Airways, JetBlue, Jetstar, Korean Air, Qantas, S7 Airlines, South African Airways, TAP Portugal, Virgin America.


Pets, Emotional Support Animals and Service Animals on Emirates

Travelling with an animal can be stressful to find out all information on flying with either a service animal, pet, or an emotional support animal by Alternative Airlines.


Emirates Food

Emirates Meal Options

Emirates offer a specially crafted meal for each class and flight. Check the menu of your flight to find out what will be served on your flight by entering your flight details and class here, as the menus vary between classes, time of day and duration of flight.

Economy class passengers can choose from a menu inspired by their destination. Often will be a 3 course meal and snack, depending on the route duration and time.

The menu for business class is also inspired by the passenger’s destination, with a 3 course meal and snacks included. View the menu for your flight to see the options which you can choose from.

First Class passengers can enjoy gourmet dishes in the sky, inspired by the region. Included in the 3 course meal is an appetiser, main course, side dish with freshly baked bread, a dessert and a cheese board. Passengers travelling in first class can order food to their private suite, of visit the onboard lounge to sample canapes and drinks.


Emirates Special Dietary Requirements

All Emirates meals are halal. Food allergies, contact airline before departure to arrange alternative meal, or speak to crew on board to find out more about allergens and nutrients. Read more about flying with a nut allergy here.

Passengers wishing to book a special meal such as vegan and vegetarian or to suit medical, dietary or religious requirements must book their meal or request at least 24 hours before your flight.

The following is the list of special meals that Emirates offer:

      Religious Meals   Indian Vegetarian Meal (AVML)  
          Vegetarian Jain Meal (VJML)  
          Non Vegetarian Hindu Meal (HNML)  
          Kosher Meal (KML)  
      Medical and Dietary Meals   Bland Meal (BLML)  
          Low Salt Meal (LSML)  
          Diabetic Meal (DBML)  
          Non-Lactose Meal (NLML)  
          Fruit Platter (FPML)  
          Gluten Free Meal (GFML)  
          Low Cholesterol / Low Fat Mal (LFML)  
      Vegetarian Meals   Vegan Meal (VGML)  
          Raw Vegetable Meal (RVML)  
      Baby and Child Meals   Child Meal (CHML)  
          Baby Meal (BBML)  


Emirates Drinks & Alcohol

Emirates offer a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, including spirits, cocktails, mocktails, fine wines, beers and also soft drinks, juices and hot drinks.

Economy Class passengers are given complimentary soft drinks, teas and coffee, with alcoholic beverages available to purchase.

Business Class and First Class passengers are offered complimentary champagne, wine, spirits, beer and soft drinks which are served with their meal, with additional drinks available to order to their suite or at the on board lounge.



Emirates WIFI

Browse the web, check your emails and scroll through your social media platforms with WIFI on board Emirates flights.  Connect your laptop, tablet, mobile or any other electronic device to the Emirates WIFI network and enjoy WIFI on Emirates flights whenever you fly. Emirates give all passengers 20MB of free data for the first two hours of service on all flights. 

Emirates WIFI Price

Emirates give all passengers 20MB of free WIFI for the first two hours of service on most Emirates flights. After that, passengers can purchase 150MB of data for $9.99 USD and 500MB of data for $15.99 USD. If you're a Skywards member, you will receive discounts on inflight WIFI with Emirates.


Emirates First Class

Your Emirates First Class experience all starts with a chauffeur-driven ride to the airport in their flagships Mercedes Benz-S class.

Emirates First Class Facilities

At the Emirates First Class lounge in Dubai, passengers can enjoy a cigar bar as well as choose from an excellent range of wines from the lounge's cellar. On board the aircraft, you can sit back and relax while enjoying entertainment on your personal widescreen TV screen. Choose from thousands of movies and even watch live sport. It's easy to keep up-to-date with life on the ground with free WI-FI. You can also choose from an excellent range of drinks from the onboard lounge.

What are Emirates First Class Seats Like?

Passengers can enjoy maximum privacy by simply touching the close doors buttons on their control pad. Allowing them to pass the time on their flight in maximum privacy. If you need to refresh while on your flight, you can take a shower in the Emirates onboard shower spa.


Emirates Business Class

Emirates Business Class allows passengers maximum comfort, a delicious range of foods and world-class entertainment. You'll arrive inspired after flying business class with Emirates.

Emirates Business Class Facilities

The Emirates Business Class experience, for passengers flying on A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft from Dubai, begins with a chauffeur-driven ride to the airport. On arrival, passengers will enjoy a swift check-in and access to the Emirates lounge and champagne bar. Once on board, passengers have access to Emirate's world-class entertainment system and their own personal mini bar. Passengers can enjoy live sports entertainment as well as catching up on work with the complimentary onboard WIFI.

What are Emirates Business Class Seats Like?

On board the Emirates A380 and Boeing 777 planes, Business Class passengers are given maximum privacy and ample legroom. When it's time to sleep, your seat will fully recline to create a fully-flat bed. You'll arrive at your destination relaxed and ready to start the day.


Emirates Economy Class

Emirates offer Economy class, a comfortable and affordable class for everyone. Emirates offers Economy classes in two segments, Special or Saver fare.

Emirates Economy Class Facilities

Emirates Economy Class facilities include inflight entertainment for both adults and young flyers, WI-FI and in-flight meal.

The in-flight entertainment is for both young travellers and adult so lots to watch and enjoy.

The meal in Economy class is made by globally renowned chefs with flavours based on the region you are either flying to or from.

Complimentary drink is included or choose to have champagne for a fee.

Emirates Economy Class Seats

The Economy Class seats on Emirates on either Special or Saver fare can be booked online with Alternative Airlines or when check-in opens. We will do our utmost to ensure that Infants and children are sat together with families.



Emirates Route Map

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Emirates Popular Routes


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Bangkok  Dark grey plane icon  London


London  Dark grey plane icon  Kuala Lumpur

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Dubai International Airport 

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Dubai International Airport is the primary airport serving Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and is the world's busiest airport by international passenger traffic. Dubai Airport is the hub airport for Emirates, Flydubai and Qantas. Dubai International Airport has two runaways and can handle nearly 75 million passengers every year. Many airlines fly to and from Dubai International Airport including Iraqi Airways, Kenya Airways, Korean Air, Kuwait Airways, Libyan Airlines, JetLite, Lufthansa, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Oman Air and many others.


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Emirates News

27th June 2018

Emirates expands baggage allowance to and from Dubai

Emirates has increased its amount of baggage allowance for flights to and from Dubai as well as 35 other destinations. Flyers will now be able to check in up to a whopping 45 kgs without out paying and additional fees! Not to mention, this incredible deal is available to economy class passengers! The 35 destinations that will offer this service: Pakistan, Philippines, China, Bangladesh, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Morocco, Egypt and Algeria, among many others. The extra baggage allowance will be available from July until December this year - the regular allowance for this airline is 35 kgs so its no stranger to heavy lifting!


15th May 2018

Emirates strikes a deal with US Airlines

U.S. airlines and three Gulf carriers resolved a more than three-year-old dispute over unfair competition. Delta, American Airlines and United have had disputes with Qatar, Etihad and Emirates for a long time. Emirates route map and flight schedules may look very different now!After months of negotiations, the deal was agreed upon in private at the State Department by Assistant Secretary of State Manisha Singh and Emirati Ambassador to the U.S. Yousef al-Otaiba. The State Department, the Emirati Embassy and a representative for the U.S. airlines all declined to comment. The Associated Press obtained the text of the agreement, known as a "record of discussion." Delta's CEO Ed Bastian said the deal would allow Delta to add new destinations. Delta did service a route from Atlanta to Dubai as part of its flight schedule, but the service was cancelled in 2015. The deal is a strong compromise and a win-win for both Middle-Eastern and American Airlines.


3rd October 2017

Long-haul carrier Emirates expands to 29 FlyDubai routes

Dubai’s long-haul carrier Emirates says it will now expand its network into 29 locations flown to by budget carrier FlyDubai as part of a codeshare deal.

Emirates said in a statement on Monday that the codeshare agreement will see trips begin on Oct. 29. Flyers can book trips beginning Tuesday.

The two airlines operate independently, but are owned by the same entity, the Investment Corporation of Dubai. That’s a state-owned sovereign wealth fund of the sheikhdom in the United Arab Emirates.

The new agreement comes as Emirates’ profits fell by more than 80 percent to $340 million in the last fiscal year due in part to a slump in demand and U.S. travel restrictions.


7th August 2017

Emirates celebrates 9 years of the A380 service as newly revamped Onboard Lounge takes to the skies

Emirates’ newly revamped A380 Onboard Lounge has made its operational debut on a flight to Kuala Lumpur, marking the 9th anniversary of the airline’s award-winning A380 service.

The Onboard Lounge was first introduced on 1 August, 2008 and has since become a mainstay of Emirates’ double decker aircraft. Now in its 9th year, the Emirates A380 Onboard Lounge is arguably the most popular social spot at 40,000 feet.

The latest makeover of the lounge, inspired by private yacht cabins, features a more intimate and social area. With a clientele made up of Business and First Class customers on board the A380, the exclusive lounge accommodates 26 guests and serves the finest wines from around the world. The six wines on offer differ by destination but a champagne offering of Moët & Chandon or Veuve Clicquot is always available.

Emirates has over 6,000 crew trained as mixologists who can whip up 14 cocktails such as its signature Bloody Mary or a non-alcoholic Apple Spritzer. The lounge stocks fine spirits such as Hennessy XO Cognac and Chivas Regal 18 year old Scotch whisky. It also serves over 18 different bar snacks, the most popular of which are the smoked salmon bagels and fresh fruit skewers.

For those who prefer a perk me up, the menu also includes juices, Illy coffee and several varieties of tea from Dilmah. At the back of the lounge, a 55 inch LCD screen gives customers the latest flight information, or live TV broadcasts of the latest news or sports updates. Emirates has also recently expanded its Wi-Fi offering to give patrons of the lounge who are Emirates Skywards members free Wi-Fi throughout their flight.

Emirates flies the A380 to 48 cities on 6 continents. The latest cities to join the A380 network this year are Sao Paulo, Casablanca and Nice. Emirates is the world’s largest operator of the A380 aircraft with 96 of these double-decked aircraft in service, and a further 46 on order. The Emirates A380 is a popular choice for travellers, carrying 80 million passengers since 2008.


17th July 2017

Emirates, the world’s biggest long-haul airline, will form a partnership with low-cost sister carrier FlyDubai aimed at allowing the companies to feed passengers onto each other’s flights.

The deal with FlyDubai will include network collaboration and coordinated scheduling at Dubai International Airport, where both airlines are based, Emirates said in a statement Monday. It will be rolled out from the fourth quarter starting with enhanced code-sharing arrangements.

Dubai has been looking at placing the two government-owned carriers under a single structure for several months. The move means FlyDubai’s regional flights will help fill Emirates jets, while the discount operator gets access to a global network of 157 destinations. New city pairs are set to be opened up and duplicated routes eliminated, while frequent-flyer programs may be aligned.

The partnership unites two complementary models and will unlock “immense value,” said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive officer of Emirates Group and chairman of FlyDubai. The airlines will continue to be managed independently, he said.



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