One-quarter of new planes headed for Gulf

22 January 2009

One-quarter of the world's new planes are destined for the Middle East as Arab airlines build their fleets, Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Group, said yesterday. Emirates has 168 planes on order worth $58bn at list prices. Abu Dhabi's Etihad expects to add 11 new jets this year, while Qatar Airways plans to boost its fleet to 110 aircraft by 2013 compared with 65 planes now.

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