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Towards the end of the year, Emirates planned to start long-haul services to the East Coast and West Coast of the United States, as well as non-stop flights to Australia and Brazil.
During 2002, Emirates passenger figures increased 18% to over 6.8 million against the previous year.
On 3 July, Emirates received its first bought aircraft, an Airbus A310 (registration A6-EKA), By the early 1990s, Emirates was among the world's fastest growing airlines; revenue increased approximately US0 million each year, approaching US0 million in the year 1993.
The airline carried 1.6 million passengers and 68,000 tons of cargo in the same year.
The airline was headed by Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the airline's present chairman.
In the years following its founding, the airline expanded both its fleet and its destinations.
Following the conflicts, a total of 92 air carriers were flying to markets internationally and Emirates faced intense competition at its home base.
Pakistan International Airlines provided training facilities to Emirates' cabin crew in its academy.
In 1996, the airline received its first Boeing 777–200 aircraft, and was followed shortly thereafter by six Boeing 777-200ERs.
The arrival of the 777s allowed Emirates to continue its Singapore service onward to Melbourne commencing in 1996 (the flight briefly operated as a Dubai-Jakarta-Melbourne service before being cut due to unprofitability; Emirates would only begin serving Jakarta nonstop again in 2006) which would become a very profitable route for Emirates and would see new destinations added in Australia. Although the Emirates had always provided a cargo service using capacity within its passenger aircraft, this was now expanded with an aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance lease with Atlas Air, initially for a single Boeing 747–200 freighter.
In October 2008, Emirates moved all operations at Dubai International Airport to Terminal 3.
Emirates operates a mixed fleet of Airbus and Boeing wide-body aircraft and is one of the few airlines to operate an all-wide-body aircraft fleet.