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New A380 puts Emirates’ expansion into high gear


28-Jul-08 was an important moment for both Emirates and Middle East aviation. The first A380 delivery to Emirates signalled the start of an avalanche of capacity for the carrier, which will see it take delivery of two widebody aircraft per month for the next 58 months. It also sees the delivery of first of 67 A380s on order by carriers in the Middle East region. [2022 words]

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  • First A380 greeted with new widebody order
  • Fuel puts a wrinkle in expansion plans
  • Belt tightening and fare increases
  • US services delayed as well
  • No sign of long-term slowdown
  • Muscling through with new orders
  • Emirates launches new eco policy and attack on UK aviation practice

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  • Emirates long-haul aircraft size and seating breakdown
  • Emirates proportion of premium seating
  • US & Europe daily crude spot prices (USD per barrel): May-08 to Jul-08
  • Widebody aircraft in service, orders and options Emirates, Etihad Airways & Qatar Airways
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