Behind the scenes of the Emirates Aviation College

Two days before one of the best airlines in the world makes history and lands at Ben Gurion Airport for the first time ever, we visited Emirates’ headquarters in Dubai. Here’s a look behind the scenes

On Thursday, June 23, one of the world’s best airlines will make history: Emirates, one of two national carriers of the UAE, will land at Ben Gurion Airport for the first time ever.

This morning (Tuesday), just two days before the inaugural flight, we visited the Emirates Aviation College for cabin crew training at the company’s headquarters in Dubai. Take a look.

Emirates’ aircrews include around 15,000 employees, not including pilots, and the carrier offers rigorous training to about 120 crew members a week at this impressive facility. The college operates a Boeing 777 simulator plus another for the Airbus A380, the largest passenger aircraft – the only simulator of its kind in the world.

The Emirates fleet has a record number of 260 aircraft – one narrow-body private jet, and the rest 259 aircraft, wide-body planes – which makes Emirates the only airline in the world with an entire fleet of wide-body aircraft.

If that’s not enough, 120 are Airbus A380, a record-breaking number of this magnificent aircraft in one fleet, three of which Emirates has purchased only this year. Moreover, the average age of the carrier’s aircraft is seven years.

Photo: Adi Azoulay

Recently, Emirates added another award to its growing collection: an APEX award for the ‘Best Wi-Fi’ and ‘Best Food & Beverage in the Middle East.’ The award was presented at the prestigious 2022 APEX Global Passenger Choice Award ceremony held in Dublin, Ireland.

As the winner, Emirates was chosen by passengers who flew more than a million flights over the past year on nearly 600 airlines worldwide, and were asked to rate their flight experiences in five different sub-categories: seat comfort, cabin service, food and beverage, entertainment system and Wi-Fi.

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