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Emirates airline President Tim Clark, refuting claims by America’s biggest carriers that the major Gulf airlines benefit from billions in state subsidies, said on Wednesday the US government should not be persuaded by a “non-representative vocal minority”.
The United Arab Emirates is the most connected country in the Middle East and North Africa as it is ranked 12th out of 140 countries worldwide, jumping six places since 2013, according to the third edition of the Global Connectedness Index, GCI, report by DHL
Emirates airline has announced that as of February 1, 2015, its EK019/020 service between Dubai International Airport and Manchester Airport, currently operated by a Boeing 777, will be replaced with an Airbus A380.
Emirates airline’s growth will slow until the end of the decade as the Dubai government invests billions of dollars in further developing the emirate as a global aviation hub.
Of the 139 Airbus A380 superjumbos that have been delivered over the past eight years, 52 are flying with Dubai’s Emirates Airlines — with dozens more on order. That’s why when Emirates demands a redesigned version of the superjumbo with more efficient engines, Airbus listens.
The real estate sector is expected to emerge as one of the principal beneficiaries of the development of Al Maktoum International Airport, according to international real estate consultants Cluttons.
So Dubai has the new Al Maktoum International Airport, already partly open. On completion it will be the world’s largest passenger and cargo hub. Up to four aircraft will be able to land simultaneously, 24 hours a day, on parallel runways.
The most recent figures compiled by Airports Council International, covering the past 12 months through March 2014, show that Dubai — at least for now — has Heathrow beat for the crown of most international passenger traffic. It ended 2013 in second place behind the European hub.