No parking space for 120 A380s Emirates

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Emirates have expressed its intention to expand its Airbus A380 fleet by one third but lack the sufficient parking space to do so.In June, Emirates President Tim Clarke increased the airlines A380 order from 90 to 120 and he has stated that he would place more orders if not for the space constraint. “We would like some more but we are going to run short of space,” Mr Clarke said.“120 was the baseline figure that the planners worked to get where we needed to be, but we couldn’t order that amount because it was too many for here, so 90 was a compromise.”According to Mr Clarke, Emirates are currently growing at an annual 20 percent rate and these levels are expected to remain consistent over the next five years.If the airline follows through with these expansion plans, the USD$40 billion A380 order would strengthen the airlines influence in Europe.Inevitably US and European airlines have become worried that this could result in the Middle Eastern airline diverting traffic from their hub.“If they spend as much time running their business as they do trying to run us down they might make even more money,” Mr Clarke said.The airline was recently targeted by claims made by European airlines that its fuel bills are subsided. “I have said, you prove a subsidy and I will resign the next day, it is completely wrong,” Mr Clarke said.Mr Clarke said the airline will follow through with the purchase of 90 A380’s and it has also ordered 30 Boeing 777-300ER in July, a deal worth over USD$9billion.last_img

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *