Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN)– Emirates, a Dubai-based airline, on Sunday celebrated its 25 years of operations in Bangladesh.

The airline started operating out of Bangladesh in 1986 with two flights a week with Boeing 737s. Now it serves the country 17 times a week with wide-bodied aircraft, said Satish Sethi, Emirates’ area manager for Bangladesh.

Mr. Sethi said Emirates believed in engaging with the communities it served and listed several of its projects in Bangladesh, including extending post-flood medical care to over 22,000 women and children and supporting Emirates Friendship Hospital.

He also spoke of the airline’s expansion in the last two years and announced the new passenger destinations of the airline for 2012 — Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Dublin, Lusaka, Harare, Dallas and Seattle.

The airline connects 114 destinations in 67 countries. Its 161-strong wide-bodied fleet is among the youngest in the skies, with an average age of 79 months.

BBN/SSR/AD-31Oct11-11:34 am (BST)