France, Germany Protest Gulf Carrier Encroachment

Growth of Gulf Airlines

As U.S. airlines and labor unions launch their campaign against alleged subsidies for the “Big Three” Gulf carriers, the debate is already well underway in Europe. Key players in transport policy seek a new agreement with Gulf states to regulate subsidies, but Gulf countries and carriers are strongly resisting the effort. While the white paper […]

Emirates Urges Airbus to Take Decision on A380 Super Jumbo Relaunch

Emirates Airbus A380

Airbus’s most important customer for the A380 superjumbo is demanding the manufacturer decide this month on the case for relaunching the passenger jet, which has already cost billions of euros in a fraught, decade-long journey from drawing board to runway. Sir Tim Clark, president of fast-growing Emirates Airline, which is the biggest A380 operator, said […]

Gulf Will See a Drop off in Plane Orders in 2015, Says Boeing Exec

Emirates Airbus A380 (image courtesy of Emirates)

The Gulf region will not see a repeat of the massive aircraft orders witnessed last year for the foreseeable future, US manufacturer Boeing has conceded. Airlines from the Gulf ordered 216 aircraft from Boeing in 2014, with the bulk of it made up of 150 777X aircraft ordered by Dubai’s Emirates in July. That followed […]

Airbus Considering New Engines for A380 Superjumbo Jet


Airbus Group NV ’s chief jetliner salesman on Monday said the company is considering new engines for its double-deck A380 superjumbo jet, but won’t make the change solely based on the demands of a single buyer. Dubai-based Emirates Airline is the largest customer for the A380 superjumbo jet, and has been clamoring for a “double […]

U.S. Airlines Escalate Battle Against Their Gulf Rivals

US Air American Tails

Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and American Airlines yesterday released evidence of what they call unfair subsidies given to their fastest-growing rivals, Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways. The documents detail what the Big Three say is more than $42 billion in financial support the three Gulf airlines have received from their governments since 2004. […]

Emirates eyes 50 to 70 Airbus or Boeing long-haul jets

Emirates Airbus A380

Emirates Airlines is considering the purchase of up to 70 twin-engine Airbus A350s or Boeing 787s, company president Tim Clark said in Berlin Thursday, which would bolster the carrier’s long-haul fleet. Clark remained vague on the number and maker of twin-engine wide-body planes, but said the acquisition was part of Emirates’s efforts to increase its […]

Airbus To Deliver 30 Commercial Aircraft To UAE Airlines In 2015

Etihad Airlines Airbus A380

Aircraft manufacturing firm Airbus is looking to deliver 30 commercial aircraft to three UAE carriers including Etihad Airways, Emirates Airlines, and Air Arabia this year, a senior official confirmed. Speaking to official news agency WAM, Marwan Lahoud, chief Strategy and Marketing officer for Airbus Group, said that the UAE is an important market for the […]

Boeing 747 and Airbus A380: Emirates Could Have an Answer for Their Future


Boeing has struggled to sustain the 747 program within a rough market for the jumbo. An anemic number of orders have ground down to virtually zero in the last year. However, in a recent report, an unidentified third party is said to have pitched the 747-8 to Gulf airline Emirates in an effort to infuse […]

Emirates Airlines Chairman Challenges US Airlines To Reclaim Market share

Emirates Airline Airbus A380

Emirates Chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum has urged US airlines to improve their services in order to win back the market share lost to Gulf carriers in recent years. Sheikh Ahmed’s statement follows a report prepared by American carriers, which showed that their combined share of bookings declined since 2008, losing out to […]