The Emirates Group Career Centre in Dubai Directory
The Emirates Group first had its origins in 1959, when Dnata (Dubai National Air Travel Agency) began operating with a staff of five, at the then Dubai International Airport. Between 1955 and 1985, Dnata continued to grow and develop its services, gaining a reputation for the provision of reliable, efficient and cost effective passenger, cargo, ramp and technical support services, to airlines operating out of Dubai. From those early days of five staff and a quiet desert landing strip, Dubai International Airport today, is one of the worlds leading airports and a private hub for the entire Middle East Region. It employs over 7,300 skilled professionals, with a fleet of over 450 mechanised vehicles and some of the industrys most advanced computer technology. Emirates as an airline, began operations in October 1985, being owned by the Government of Dubai, but being the international airline of the UAE. Emirates Airline was established to improve international communications and with the increasing importance of Dubai as a centre of business and commerce in the Arabian Gulf/Middle East Region. Emirates (EK) began operations with two leased aircraft - an Airbus 300 and a Boeing 737-300, serving three destinations; daily flights to Bombay and Karachi and thrice weekly to Delhi. Within the first year of operations, Emirates acquired its first fully owned aircraft, a Boeing 727. Its network expanded to include Dhaka, Colombo, Cairo and Oman. In July 1987, Emirates took delivery of its A310-300 and introduced a non-stop service to London Gatwick. In August, the second A310 was received and two new destinations, Istanbul and Frankfurt, were added to the network. Since then Emirates has grown to become an award-winning, world-class carrier and is now well on course to move from a small, to a medium sized global Airline by 2003. Today, the key aircraft in operation in Emirates fleet, include Boeing 777-200s, Boeing 777-300s and Airbus A330-200s. The Airline is now undergoing a huge fleet expansion and renewal programme, with A330s gradually replacing the older A300-600s and A310-300s. Airbus A340-500s are also planned for delivery during 2002/2003.During 2003/2004, four Airbus A340-500 were delivered, with the remaining four due for delivery later this year.