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The largest airline in the Middle East, Emirates airlines is also the world's largest international carrier, and the seventh largest airline in the world. Founded in 1985, Emirates has expanded immensely since the economic boom of their home town, Dubai. Emirates offers 164 full-service routes, with several long-haul flights making regular trips from the Middle East to the western United States. With a fleet of 222 planes, Emirates is continuing to expand as investment in the region continues to grow. Emirates is partnered with several international airlines such as JetBlue, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, and Bangkok Airways.