The latest Boeing 777-300 to join Emirates' fleet touched down at Dubai International Airport on July 3, 2002, after flying 13,000 kilometers non-stop from Boeing's Everett Field on the US West Coast near Seattle.
The aircraft, registered as A6-EMS, reached a height of 41,000 feet, flying at up to 900 kilometers an hour, and is the larger version of Boeing's fast-selling twinjet. Emirates has six in service, and nine of the smaller 777-200s. The 777's maiden voyage over the North Pole achieved a double first—Emirates' first flight from the US West Coast to Dubai and the first-ever 777-300 to take the Polar route.
Ultra long-range missions like Dubai/Los Angeles, will soon by served by Emirates’ very long-range Airbus A340-500s. The flights via the Arctic offer a ‘short cut' through little-used airspace, saving fuel, cutting flying times and helping Emirates transform itself into a global airline.
Emirates, launched in 1985, is one of the world's fastest-growing airlines, with 40 ultra-modern aircraft serving 58 cities in 41 countries. By 2010, its fleet will have tripled to 100 jets carrying 25 million people a year. It has won 200-plus awards for service. — (menareport.com)
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