AFRICA/MIDDLE EAST AIRLINE UPDATE

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EMIRATES: MORE FLIGHTS ON AIRBUS A380

Emirates is the Middle-East’s largest carrier with close to 52-million passengers in its 2015/16 financial year. It operates the world’s largest fleet of Boeing 777s and of the 516-seat Airbus A380.

At the end of August, Emirates had 81 A380s in its fleet and has a further 61 on order. The airline flies its flagship aircraft to over 40 destinations and every year adds half a dozen new airports to be own with the giant aircraft. By next February, four new destinations will see the landing of the Airbus A380: Guangzhou in China – the third biggest Chinese city after Beijing and Shanghai, Milan, Moscow-Domodedovo and Johannesburg.

Emirates was named the World’s Best Airline 2016 and the airline with the World’s Best In- flight Entertainment in the Skytrax World Airline Awards.

ROYAL AIR MAROC TARGETS WASHINGTON

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With Washington receiving in September a three-time weekly service to Casablanca by Royal Air Maroc, the US capital will be served by three African carriers: RAM, Ethiopian Airlines to Addis Ababa and South African Airways from Johannesburg via Accra or Dakar.

OMAN AIR AMBITIONS

Oman_Air_Aircraft.jpgOman Air will be running 70 aircraft by the end of the year compared to 35 today. The company is unveiling ambitious plans to grow its presence across the world. And among the envisioned destinations that it plans to serve in the near future, Oman Air is considering a daily flight to Manchester in Northwest England. The city will be the second UK destination after London Heathrow. The airline currently serves London twice daily out of Muscat and has also scheduled services in Europe to Frankfurt, Milan, Munich, Paris CDG and Zurich.