Aviation Photo #0772179 Boeing 737-340 - Emirates (Pakistan International Airlines - PIA)

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It all started for this new airline company Emirates in 1985 and I was able to see their single airplane (leased from PIA) on Boxing day in 1985. In a few years Emirates would operate the biggest fleet of Airbus A380s.
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    Emirates (Pakistan International Airlines - PIA)
    Boeing 737-340
    Boeing 737-300
    Boeing 737-300
    Boeing
    23297
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    AP-BCD
    Dubai - International
    United Arab Emirates
    December 26, 1985
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Photo Added: February 06, 2005

Comments (40)

Anonymous
11 years ago
It is nice to see the first aircraft of the best airlines. I didn't know that emirates had this type of aircraft. It was just wonderful!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Lovely. Amazing how far Emirates has come, really.
Anonymous
8 years ago
It is extraordinary to think how huge this airline became!And it's still going to get bigger and bigger!WOW,and it all started from this 737!!!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Historic shot! 5*
Anonymous
6 years ago
EK kept its logo for 25 years. This is unusual for morden airlines.
Anonymous
6 years ago
I don't think Emirates is the best airline, but surely this photo confirm how fast the company has grow up, from a single-jet airline to the biggest A380 customer! Wow!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Hats of to Emirates for sure!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Also Emirates Airlines had some 727s in its fleet. T.B.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Now, who said Emirates don't have narrow bodies??
Anonymous
6 years ago
Wow i`ve always the long hauls of Emirates Airlines but not this one.Congrats to the one who took this priceless photo
Anonymous
6 years ago
I usually open lots of photos on my browser's tabs. and the photo i saw right after this one was the Emirates A380!!! :D then I decided to come back an comment. Amazing photo!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous
6 years ago
This is an amazing photo that speaks for an amazing airline..all praise to EK for their success D.E.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Impressive history. Ths shot is 25 years old and that means Emirates is a pretty young airline and when you see how big the airline today is...it just takes your breath.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Grate pic, emirates is certainely the mosst consistent airline in the sky... ad love to see the interior!!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Interesting to see an airplane as small as the 737 wearing Emirates colors we see them on 777's and 380s if u do it right u can make anything grow
Anonymous
6 years ago
Great pic! Emirates should serve as a model to the U.S.International carriers... if you really, really value people, they will reward you with consistent patronage, great referrals - and phenomenal airline growth!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Goes to show that you should "not despise the day of small beginnings". Without this kind of start they wouldn't possibly be where they are today....and still going strong(er).
Anonymous
6 years ago
And who said western countries are rich?
Anonymous
6 years ago
This beautiful airline first aircraft is from PIA.Now emirates is a world class airline.Still PIA is world class in my heart
Anonymous
6 years ago
Great things start from small beginnings.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Humble beginning !
Anonymous
6 years ago
Most of the gaint establishments today had a small start. Emirates is one of them. While other popular airlines of 1980s like Air India or Pakisthan Intl have gone down today, this kid of 1980s has grown up to become one of the world's best airlines....Also, nice to see same paint scheme and logo maintained for over a quarter century. Before reading comment I thought Emirates has recently started 737 service.
Anonymous
6 years ago
It is amazing to see how Emirates has grown up in 25 years. From 1985 to 2010 this single aircraft airline became world # 1 international passenger-kilometers airline. All other top airlines (world # 2 to # 10) are older than Emirates. They were already well established airlines when Emirates was born. Emirates managed to overtake all of them and reached the top. This is what being competitive means.
Anonymous
5 years ago
PIA not only provided aircraft but also cockpit and cabin crewe and other operational staff to Emirates in the very begining. "Shoaib"
Anonymous
5 years ago
Actually Emirates began operations with two aircraft wet leased from PIA. The two PIA aircraft leased out to Emirates were Boeing 737-340 (AP-BCD) and Airbus A300B4-203 (AP-BBM).
Anonymous
5 years ago
Beautiful photo !!!! sad to see the situation of PIA right now though
Anonymous
5 years ago
With a slightly better scan this slide looks richer than any new digital shot of Emirates. Great historic picture! Humble.. but "well capitalized" beginning.
Anonymous
5 years ago
The scanning equipment has improved a lot lately and also my scanning skills. Newer scans looks much better...Thank you for all your compliments and comments about this picture..
Anonymous
4 years ago
Great foto as it is very rare occasion depicting the modest start of one of the mightiest airlines nowdays.
Anonymous
4 years ago
To think that emirates started out with this small 737 and now operate nothing but widebodies
Anonymous
4 years ago
Lot of memories with this particular aircraft as I traveled lot of time on this. Particularly I recalled when I traveled from Lahore to Multan on this aircraft and Captain was my friend and I got the opportunity to travel in the cockpit. I never knew at that time that this particular aircraft was the starting point for Emirates.
Anonymous
3 years ago
I bet in 1985 most people who saw this plane didn't know that in a few years Emirates would be one of the most successful airlines in the world :)
Anonymous
3 years ago
A historic picture. The humble beginning of one of the world's leading airlines. They've come so far in such a brief time.
Anonymous
2 years ago
Good Bye AP-BCD.
Anonymous
2 years ago
What a company can do with the backing of a rich few and the government helping out. Money is the great stabilizer. Emirates is nothing special. They've never had to slug it out in the industry without "Daddy's Money."
Anonymous
2 years ago
Feeling so proud of being part of the EK team...a drear come true 4 me
Anonymous
2 years ago
I am sure if there were no revolution in Iran,Iran would become the best airline in the world.you can check out iran air history to see why i am saying that.
Anonymous
2 years ago
Infact PIA did establish Emirates in 1985, they run special project called 'PIA Emirates project' Help them to establish Engineering base, gift them software developed by PIA I.T department. Trained their cabin and cockpit crew at PIA base in Karachi, PK. Lease them Aircraft, told them how the Airlines finance work and now see where Emirates is, and where PIA is.
Anonymous
2 years ago
Nice
Anonymous
9 months ago
Emirates......the best is yet to come.

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