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Emirates considering slowing fleet growth


Emirates considers slowing some B777 or A380 deliveries in next 18 months, but remains committed to all orders;

Not slowing growth, 22 aircraft to be delivered in next 12 months and capacity to expand by 14%;

Cash conservation and cost cutting a major focus for Emirates, with cost cuts of 16-20% targets

Maintains positive profitability outlook for FY09/10, looking to reinforce markets and add new destinations;

Emirates considering slowing fleet growth

The global financial crisis and subsequent economic downturn has already put Emirates’ profits into a nosedive, and now its expansion plans may also undergo a pruning, as the carrier faces the prospects of continued poor traffic in markets to the East and West.

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  • Traffic up, but revenue and yields are plummeting
  • No A380 cancellations, but deliveries to slow due to Airbus output
  • Positive profit outlook for 2010
  • “Cash mountain” to see Emirates out of any trouble

Graphs and data:

  • Industry & Middle East RPK growth (% change): Jun-2008 to May-2009
  • Industry & Middle East RPK & ASK growth (% change): Jan-2009 to May-2009
  • Emirates Group cash flow FY08/09 (AED million)
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