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Emirates plans to become world leader in aviation industry

A 60-100 midsize widebody aircraft (B787s or A350s) will be purchased later this year as the Middle Eastern carrier Emirates confirmed, which will be a “winner-takes-all” order, according to President, Tim Clark…

A 60-100 midsize widebody aircraft (B787s or A350s) will be purchased later this year as the Middle Eastern carrier Emirates confirmed, which will be a “winner-takes-all” order, according to President, Tim Clark. Clark is reportedly pushing for a slightly larger version of the B787 as the Centre of Asia Pacific Aviation reported.

The carrier, which is destined to become the world’s biggest operator of B777s, as it takes delivery of one per month over the next five years, will add the first of ten 266-seat B777-200LRs to its fleet from Aug-07, adding to its ultra-long range capability. Houston (a 17-hour non-stop journey) will be added to its route map first, followed progressively by Los Angeles, San Francisco Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington DC and Seattle – all non-stop. The US is therefore a key expansion target and Boeing is expected to pull out all the stops to ensure locally manufactured aircraft are selected to operate there. Emirates currently has 101 aircraft in service, of which 46 are B777s.

Emirates also has orders for 47 A380s and could be in the market for more, according to recent media reports, while the carrier is also interested in a longer-range version of the B747-8 to expand capacity to Australia.

But in a rare example of Emirates being outpaced by market expectation, Emirates Group Chairman and CEO, Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, recently stated he expects airlines in the Middle East to purchase (only) an additional 870 aircraft by 2027. Boeing and Airbus’ 20-year forecasts (to 2025) predict 1,100 and 975 aircraft purchases, respectively.

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