Overview of Emirates
Emirates is one of the most recognizable airlines in the world, with its sponsoring International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) and the FIFA World Cup and its livery frequently appearing on biggest soccer clubs’ shirts.
As an air firm, Emirates is easily one of the largest airlines in the world. It is, in fact, the largest airline in the Middle East and is the one of the two flagship airlines of United Arab. Its fleet flies to 150 cities in 80 countries across all six inhabited continents.
Emirates Baggage Allowance Policy
As one of the largest airlines there are, Emirates’ decked-out fleet of 600 aeroplanes consists of mostly three-class cabin configurations (First Class, Business Class and Economy Class) and sometimes two-class configurations (Business Class and Economy Class). Emirates offering multiple travelling classes is great and all, but the variables can become a bit confusing. One of the most concerning aspects is the baggage allowance. Worry not, as the CabinZero Crew has got you covered. Keep scrolling to read our most comprehensive breakdown of the rather baffling baggage allowance of Emirates.
The baggage allowances will vary between boarding classes.
Economy Class passengers are permitted to bring only one piece of baggage on-board, either a handbag or a laptop bag. This piece shall:
- Be under 22 x 15 x 8 in (55 x 38 x 20 cm) in dimensions;
- Be under 15 lbs (7 kg) in weight.
First Class and Business Class passengers are permitted to bring two pieces of baggage on-board, one briefcase and one additional handbag or garment bag. The requirements go as below:
- The briefcase shall be under 18 x 14 x 8 in (45 x 35 x 20 cm) in dimensions;
- The handbag shall be under 22 x 15 x 8 in (55 x 38 x 20 cm) in dimensions;
- The garment bags must be collapsible and be under 8 in (20 cm) when folded;
- All of the above pieces shall not exceed 15 lbs (7 kg) in weights. For all flights from Brazil, the weight limit is 22 lbs (10 kg).
Specifically for passengers boarding in India, they are permitted one piece of carry-on, whose dimensions must be under 45.3 in or 115 cm in cumulative dimensions.
Emirates employs weight concept and piece concept, wherein:
- Weight concept dictates your baggage allowance on the total amount of weight;
- Piece concept dictates your baggage allowance on the number of baggage pieces you have.
Weight concept applies to most flies, whereas piece concept only applies to flights from/to America and Africa.
Where weight concept applies, passengers can check in as many baggage as they like, provided that:
- Each baggage is under 118 in (300 cm) in cumulative dimensions and 70 lbs (32 kg);
- The cumulative weight of all baggage is under the limit, illustrated in the table below.
*55 lbs (25 kg) in Economy Special for flights between UAE and India.
**66 lbs (30 kg) in Economy Saver for journeys from Australia and New Zealand.
Where weight concept applies, passengers can only check-in a definite number of bags, each must meet the dimensions and weight requirements. The piece concept applies to flights to/from America and Africa.
The table below illustrates the baggage allowance of various travelling class for flights to/from America or Africa (except flights within the Americas and between US and Europe):
There are a few asterisks:
- In flights within the Americas and between US and Europe, Economy Class Saver and Special passengers are only allowed ONE (instead of two) baggage; while Flex and Flex Plus Passengers are allowed to bring two pieces of luggage.
- If your trip from Australia, New Zealand, or Asia to North or South America includes a stopover in Dubai longer than 24 hours, or a sector in Europe, the weight concept will apply for the entire journey;
- If you are travelling into Africa with a stopover of more than 24 hours, the weight concept may apply.
Emirates will surcharge if you want to bring more baggage than the limit. As usual, you should plan in advance and buy online as it would be cheaper to do so at the airport. Please refer to Emirates’ excess baggage buy guide on its official website.
If you’re travelling with a guide dog then it will be free but be sure to contact Emirates Support Services at least 48 hours prior to boarding the flight. In most cases your dog can be seated by your side, but in some cases, it will have to be in the cabin.
Otherwise, Emirates generally don’t allow pets on board. Exceptions can be made depending on individual cases. If you must travel with your beloved pets, fill out this form on Emirates official website at least one week before your flight so that they can consider and make appropriate arrangements if possible.
If your baggage is damaged, you should contact the nearest Emirates representative, and fill in a damage claim so that the company can take action.
If you have left the airport, you should contact the local Emirates office within seven days.