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Emirates has said that it will aim to fly 70mn passengers on 250 aircraft on routes across six continents in 2020
According to Gulf News, Emirates president Tim Clark said, “Emirates would become the world’s largest airline by passenger traffic by 2020. We and our partners in Dubai are progressing with our plans to ensure that the right infrastructure are in place to support and capitalise on this growth. Emirates is investing in the most advanced long-haul aircraft.”
Clark added that Dubai’s strategic location in the region would enable the airline to serve a majority of the world’s population with non-stop flights.
Emirates currently has 37 A380s and 80 Boeing 777-300ERs within its fleet. Clark said the airline has ordered for 53 more A380s and 64 more Boeing 777s to help the operator achieve its 2020 target.
Data from Dubai International Airport revealed that the international hub handled 57mn passengers last year travelling from 225 destinations via 140 airlines. In 2020, it has been estimated that Dubai would have more than 20 million visitors, according to the Gulf News report.