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Emirates Group Reports Record Annual Profit of $3B after Prior Devastations of Covid-19 Restrictions

UTC by Steve Muchoki · 3 min read
Emirates Group Reports Record Annual Profit of $3B after Prior Devastations of Covid-19 Restrictions
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Emirates Group announced global freight expansion to different destinations including Tanzania, Germany, Canada, and Brazil.

Emirates Group, a state-owned Dubai-based international aviation holding company, released its 2022-2023 financial results. According to the announcement, Emirates achieved a record annual profit of AED 10.9 billion, approximately $3 billion. The airline service company was impressed with the financial year 2022-2023, after posting a huge decline in operations during the prior year due to Covid-19-related constraints.

Emirates and Its Record Results

The Emirates Group announced its yearly revenue grew by approximately 81 percent to AED 119.8 billion or about $32.6 billion. As a result, the Emirates Group ended the financial year with the highest-ever cash balance of AED 42.5 billion or about $ 11.6 billion.

In this regard, the Emirates Group has since declared a dividend of AED 4.5 billion, or about $1.2 billion to its owner Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD). The airline has attributed its success to the leadership of HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, of Emirates Airlines and Group.

“The Group is the biggest player in the UAE’s aviation sector, which supports over 770,000 jobs and generates an estimated contribution to GDP of over US$ 47 billion (AED 172.5 billion),” the Emirates Group’s CEO noted.

As a state-owned organization, the Emirates Group enjoyed tremendous support in debts to sustain its huge fleet and employees through the Covid pandemic.

“Our ongoing investments in our brand, and our products and services, helped drive customer preference and position us favorably in the market,” Sheikh Ahmed noted.

Emirates Group Market Outlook

The Emirates Group continued to restructure its airline operations to attract more passengers and cargo transportation. For the financial year that ended 31 March 2023, Emirates Group announced global freight expansion to different destinations including Tanzania, Germany, Canada, and Brazil. As a result, the Group anticipates reporting even better results for the financial year ahead as all the Covid-19 restrictions have already been removed.

“We go into 2023-24 with a strong positive outlook and expect the Group to remain profitable. We will work hard to hit our targets while keeping a close watch on inflation, high fuel prices, and political and economic uncertainty,” Sheikh Ahmed added.

Following increased business operations, the Group announced its total workforce increased by 20 percent to 102,379 employees from different nationalities.  The Emirates Group also plans to continue its professional hiring spree as it intends to add more multi-billion dollar aircraft.

According to the announcement, the Dubai-based airline received two new 777 freighter aircraft and intends to add five additional Boeing 777-300ER. Furthermore, the airline announced that it carried 43.6 million passengers during the financial year 2022-2023, representing an uptick of 123 percent.

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