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Emirates ranks ninth in global airline traffic

posted on 22/11/2005: 1846 views

Emirates, the Dubai-based international airline, has been ranked ninth in the global airline traffic data for January-September 2005, compiled by Air Transport World magazine. The airline clocked 43.11 billion revenue passenger kilometres (RPK) following eighth ranked Cathay Pacific that clocked 48.12 billion and rose above global carriers like Northwest, Air Canada, Continental, Thai Airways, Delta, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Iberia, China Airlines, Virgin Atlantic and Alitalia.

Air France and KLM Group leads the table with 129.94 billion RPKs followed by Lufthansa that recorded 82 billion in RPKs. The data, based on the monthly international statistics compiled by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), excludes domestic traffic.

Emirates, with a fleet of 80 aircraft, carries more than 12.5 million passengers, more than half of the passenger throughput at the Dubai International Airport (DIA). DIA, the busiest airport in the Middle East and North Africa, last year handled 21.7 million passengers and expects the figure to cross 25 million by the end of the current calendar year.

The airport last year was ranked 18th among global hub airports in terms of cargo handling, rated by the Airports Council International (ACI). Emirates expects to carry about 60 million passengers by 2010 with a fleet of more than 200 aircraft on the fleet. It has made a fresh order for 42 Boeing 777s, costing $9.7 billion at list price. This is part of the airline's $36.7 billion global order book that involves a total of 132 aircraft, including 45 A380 superjumbos. (The Gulf News)


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