Emirates Airline, the largest airline in the Middle East, has announced plans to increase its fleet of aircraft, as well as to increase the number of its flights. Based in Dubai, the airline intends to increase the number of flights by 14%, as well as adding 18 new passenger aircraft to its fleet.
The airline has grown at an average rate of 20% each year for the past five years. By the end of this month, Emirates' fleet will consist of 132 aircraft, including four superjumbo Airbus A380s. Emirates will add another seven A380s by next March, plus another 12 Boeing 777 jets.
Emirates Airline also has 165 new aircraft on order currently, worth USD $55 billion. It is the biggest customer for Airbus's giant A380.