Emirates extends Airbus fleet

Emirates Airline has announced the purchase of two more Airbus A330-200 aircraft for delivery in 2003. Emirates' fleet is planned to expand from 39 to 102 planes by 2010.

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By  David Cass Published  June 9, 2002

Emirates airline has placed orders for two more Airbus A330-200 series aircraft for delivery next year. The move confirms the Dubai-based carrier's intention to be among the world's biggest carriers by the end of the decade.

The airline already operates 22 A330-200s and has five more on order. Those five, plus the two announced today, are scheduled for delivery between August this year and October 2003. Each has a list price of $279 million.

Confirming the new orders, the chairman of Emirates, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said, "These new orders have been placed to service the airline's expansion with new destinations and more flights to existing destinations planned for 2003."

One of the two aircraft ordered today will have a two-class configuration, providing 34 business and 251 economy class seats. The other will have 18 first class, 42 business and 183 economy class seats.

There are 39 aircraft in Emirates' current fleet. That is planned to expand to 102 by the end of the decade at a cost in excess of $15 billion.

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