Emirates Plans Fleet Expansion Beyond 2017 After A380 Deliveries

Emirates, the world’s biggest airline by international passenger traffic, is working on a plan to expand its fleet after an order of 90 A380 aircraft from Airbus SAS (EAD) are delivered by 2017.

“We have potential to get more aircraft and are working on it,” Adel Al Redha, executive vice president for engineering and operations, said in an interview at an airshow at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport today. “But this largely depends on airport capacities, especially the capacity in Dubai airport.”

Dubai-based Emirates, which has 179 planes in its fleet including 4 freight aircraft, has 23 A380s.

“We will have three more deliveries in September, one in November and four in December,” Al Redha said. “Soon we’ll be the airline company that has the most wide-body aircraft in its fleet.”

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