Emirates Now Largest Long-Haul Airline, WirtschaftsWoche Says

Dec. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Emirates has jumped ahead of Deutsche Lufthansa AG to become the airline with the world’s largest fleet for long-haul flights and long-haul traffic, WirtschaftsWoche magazine said, citing a study by consultants Arthur D. Little.

With 155 long-haul planes, Emirates’ fleet is now the world’s largest, and Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways Ltd. will “massively” take market share from Air France-KLM Group, British Airways Plc and Lufthansa in the years to come, the magazine cited the study as saying. Lower costs for personnel and lower fees mean the Persian Gulf airlines operate at 30 percent lower costs, it said.

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