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Emirates confirms order of more planes

Dubai government-owned flagship carrier to make new plane orders at the July Farnborough Airshow.

Emirates confirms order of more planes
BIG ORDER: Emirates in June placed a record $11bn order for 32 superjumbos with Airbus.(Getty Images)

Dubai government-owned flagship carrier Emirates airline, the largest customer for the Airbus A380 aircraft, will make new plane orders at the July Farnborough Airshow, it said on Thursday.

"Emirates will be announcing new aircraft orders at the Farnborough Airshow. Details of the order including number of aircraft and the manufacturer will be disclosed at the show," a company spokeswoman said .

Emirates in June placed a record $11bn order for 32 superjumbos with Airbus, bringing the airline's Airbus orders to 90 aircraft.

The Arab world's largest airline by fleet size, posted in May a fivefold increase in 2009-10 profit to AED3.5bn ($953m).

It also said it was aiming for a full-year net profit of around 4.25 billion dirhams for the group this year.

Emirates became Dubai's flagship company and one of the biggest contributors to the local economy after the property crisis devastated real estate firms. The government-owned group rivals more established names for traffic between Europe and east Asia.

The airline said in May it planned to recruit 3,000 cabin crew in the current financial year to meet the demands of its expanding fleet and network. (Reuters)

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