Revealing some of the company’s future expansion plans, Sheikh Maktoum said that the airline aimed to add seven new destinations to its current 63 by 2004, and to increase by 30 per cent flights on some routes. Services were recently launched from Dubai to Japan, and there are plans to open up new routes in the next six months to Cochin, Lagos, Moscow and Shanghai (MEED 12:7:02). Following a successful bond issue on the Dubai Financial Market (DFM), Emirates in considering further issues on local, regional and international markets in the coming year (MEED 13:7:01). Looking to the longer term, it projects it fleet to more than double by 2010, from 44 to 100 aircraft, and employee numbers to rise to 35,000 over the same period.