- Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum gives $10 million to the Emirates team start an airline in five months.
- Pakistan International Airlines agrees to lease Emirates two aircraft – an Airbus 300 and Boeing 737
- On October 25th 1985, EK600 departs Dubai International for Karachi, its first commercial flight.
- Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum gives Emirates two Boeing 727-200s.
- Emirates takes delivery of its first bought aircraft, an Airbus 310. The Airbus A310-300 is designed to Emirates specifications.
- Emirates orders three more Airbus A310-300s at the Asean Aerospace exhibition in Singapore.
- Emirates begins services to the busiest international hub in the world – London Heathrow.
- Emirates orders seven Boeing 777s, with an option for seven more.
- Emirates becomes the first airline to install video systems in all seats in all classes throughout its Airbus fleet.
- Emirates begins flights to Charles de Gaulle in Paris.
- An exclusive Emirates terminal opens at Dubai International Airport.
- Emirates becomes first airline to order a $20 million Airbus full-flight simulator.
- Emirates becomes the first airline to introduce telecommunications on all of its Airbus aircraft – in all three classes.
- Emirates is the first airline to equip an Airbus fleet with an on-flight fax facility.
- First Emirati pilots graduate from Emirates’ training programme.
- Emirates Flight Training Centre opens.
- Emirates takes delivery of its first Boeing 777-200 and becomes the first airline to show live footage of take-off and landing on its in-flight entertainment system. The B777-200’s maiden flight is to London Heathrow.
- Emirates becomes title sponsor of the world’s richest horse racing event – the Dubai World Cup.
- Emirates makes a $2 billion order for 16 Airbus A330-200s.
- Group takes a 43 per cent stake in Air Lanka, which is then renamed SriLankan.
- Frequent flyer loyalty programme Emirates Skywards is launched.
- Emirates becomes the first airline to sign up for the Airbus A380 when it orders seven, with an option on five more, at the Farnborough Air Show.
- Emirates buys another six Boeing 777-300s.
- Emirates SkyCargo Centre – with a capacity to handle 400,000 tonnes a year – opens.
- Emirates signs £24 million deal to sponsor English Premiership football club Chelsea for four years.
- Emirates announces a $15 billion order for 15 A380s, eight A340-600s, three A330s and 25 Boeing 777s.
- Group announces $275 million investment in new hangar complex at the Emirates Engineering Centre.
- CAE and Emirates open the $100 million Emirates Aviation Training Centre.
- Emirates breaks records at the Paris Air Show with an order for 71 aircraft at a cost of $19 billion.
- Daily service from Dubai to Sydney commences on the first A340-500 to join the fleet, which was the maiden flight for the airline’s industry leading First Class suites. The A340-500 features ice , its game-changing in-flight entertainment system – including 500 channels in all classes, and every seat is equipped with a phone.
- Emirates launches ice and is the first airline to offer more than 500 channels of in-flight entertainment on demand in all classes, the widest choice in the skies.
- Emirates introduces commercial e-ticketing, a further move towards seamless air travel.
- Emirates orders four Boeing 777-300ERs, with nine options, in a $2.96 billion deal.
- First Dubai lounge opens and the first international lounge opens in Brisbane.
- Emirates makes its first flight to New York’s JFK Airport, its first destination in the United States.
- Emirates orders 42 Boeing 777s in a deal worth $9.7 billion, the largest Boeing 777 order in history.
- Emirates signs a £100 million deal with Arsenal, which includes naming rights to its new stadium for 15 years and shirt sponsorship for eight years, starting from the 2006/07 season.
- Emirates seals $195 million partnership deal with FIFA and also buys the rights to screen every match played at the 2006 FIFA World Cup on its flights.
- Emirates SkyCargo signs $2.8 billion order for 10 Boeing 747-8Fs.
- Emirates’ self-check-in kiosks are introduced in Dubai Airport.
- Emirates stuns the world by signing up for 120 Airbus A350s, 11 A380s and 12 Boeing 777-330ERs, worth an estimated $34.9 billion at the Dubai Air Show.
- New Emirates Engineering Centre and Engine Test Cell are officially opened, with hangars designed especially for the A380.
- Emirates reaches six continents with the launch of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
- Captain Abbas Shaban, a UAE National, becomes the first pilot qualified to fly the A380.
- The company moves into the new multi – million dollar Emirates Group Headquarters.
- The Emirates dedicated Terminal 3 opens.
- Emirates SkyCargo begins operations out of Dubai Cargo Village’s new Mega Terminal, with a capacity to handle 1.2 million tonnes annually.
- Emirates becomes the first international carrier to introduce an in-flight mobile phone service.
- Emirates takes delivery of its first three A380s.
- First Emirates A380 touches down in New York JFK airport.
- Emirates becomes the world’s largest operator of Boeing 777s with the delivery of its 78th B777 aircraft.
- Emirates orders 32 additional A380s at the Berlin Air Show along with GP7200 engines by Engine Alliance. It also orders 30 additional B777-300ERs at the Farnborough Air Show.