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Profits, Passengers and Fleet Size on the Rise

 - December 7, 2006, 5:16 AM

In the last financial year Emirates Airlines boosted its profits by 49 percent, to a record $637 million on $4.9 billion in revenues, which is up 36 percent year-over-year. Passenger numbers increased from 10.4 million to 12.5 million and the average load factor rose from 73.4 percent to 74.6 percent. Many European and Asian routes drew average loads of more than 90 percent.

The carrier’s fleet consists of 29 A330-200s, ten A340-500s, eight A340-300s, two A310s (including one freighter), 12 Boeing 777-300s, 9 B777-200s, five B777-300ERs and six B747 freighters. The aircraft fly to more than 75 cities in 54 countries.

Emirates’ present order book consists of 45 Airbus A380s (including two freighters), 25 Boeing 777-300ERs, 20 A340-600 Higher Gross Weight aircraft and two A310-300 freighters.