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Emirates flies over 59 million passengers in 2017

Dubai carrier registers more than 886 million km around the globe, equivalent to over 16,000 trips to Mars

Emirates flies over 59 million passengers in 2017
(STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Emirates has revealed that it has carried over 59 million passengers in 2017.

The Dubai-based airline also said in a statement that it served over 63 million meals on its flights departing Dubai, and moved over 35 million pieces of baggage in Dubai to its network of 156 destinations.

Emirates registered over 3,600 passenger flights on average per week, or over 191,000 flights in 2017, travelling more than 886 million kilometres around the globe, which is equivalent to over 16,000 trips to Mars.

Reflecting on the year, Sir Tim Clark, president Emirates Airline said: “Despite the ups and downs of 2017, Emirates delivered steady growth and we have come out stronger and even more resilient.

"Throughout the year, we challenged convention and acted nimbly to mitigate challenges and maximise opportunities. We implemented initiatives to boost revenues, trim costs, and used emerging technologies to make our business and operations more agile, without compromising on quality or service.

"We enter 2018 with optimism, and an unflagging drive to keep raising the bar in terms of customer experience and business performance.”

Emirates grew its fleet by 21 new aircraft in 2017, with 9 A380 and 12 Boeing 777-300ER deliveries, rounding off the year with 269 aircraft, and 243 aircraft pending delivery.

The carrier said it expanded its network to 156 destinations in 2017, with the addition of three new passenger destinations - Newark, US via Athens; Zagreb, Croatia; and Phnom Penh, Cambodia - while also expanding the number of cities served by its flagship A380 in 2017 aircraft to 48.

Emirates said its SkyCargo unit continues to play an integral role in the airline’s expanding operations, and in 2017 carried 2.5 million tonnes of freight.

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