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Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways: Opportunities for airports as Gulf airlines expand


Over the course of the coming decade, the world's international airports will be presented with unprecedented route development opportunities, as the 'Big Three' Middle East carriers, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways and Emirates, enter a highly aggressive development phase. With an average 42 aircraft (mostly widebodies) scheduled annually for delivery to these three airlines (combined) this decade, Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways are mapping out aggressive capacity deployment plans for 2010 and beyond - with airports in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas all featuring prominently. Qatar Airways represents the best near-term opportunity for the world's airports (reflecting its extraordinary aircraft delivery schedule over the next three years), while Emirates and Etihad Airways, are fast filling the main gaps in their route networks and slowing their expansion rates - briefly. [2247 words]

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  • Qatar Airways and Emirates accelerate route plans in 2010, Etihad slows
  • Network plans by carrier in 2010
  • Etihad and Qatar seeking Emirates’ network balance
  • 2009 retrospective
  • Qatar Airways to dominate fleet deliveries over next three years
  • Etihad slowing pace of near-term expansion, but to pick-up in 2013/2014
  • Emirates a ‘new route machine’
  • Outlook: All roads lead via the Middle East

Graphs and data:

  • Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways new destinations: 2009/10
  • Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways new destinations: 2010
  • Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways new destinations: 2010
  • Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways capacity share by region
  • Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways new destinations: 2009
  • Annual fleet deliveries for Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways: 2010 to 2018
  • Qatar Airways fleet: Jan-2010
  • Etihad Airways fleet: Dec-2009
  • Emirates Airline fleet: Dec-2009
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