Emirates Airlines boss says Dubai carrier may expand in US, is open to acquisitions globally: Daily Reporter

Posted: May 1, 2012 in Airlines, Aviation & Airports (General News), Middle East, USA
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[Daily Reporter] DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — To say that the head of Dubai’s Emirates airline wears many hats is something of an understatement.

The company is expanding in the United States. It flies from Dubai to 6 American airports, including Dallas/Fort Worth and Seattle, both added this year. It plans to add Washington flights in September.

The company is expanding in the United States. It flies from Dubai to 6 American airports, including Dallas/Fort Worth and Seattle, both added this year. It plans to add Washington flights in September: Photo courtesy ukzambians.co.uk

Sheik Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum holds several government positions in the Gulf city-state, and is an uncle of Dubai’s ruler. He was appointed chairman of Dubai World in 2010 to oversee the troubled state conglomerate’s turnaround plan.

But it is role at the helm of Emirates airline for which Sheik Ahmed is best known. The University of Denver graduate became chairman of the newly formed airline in 1985, and later took on the job of CEO too.

Today he oversees one of the world’s fastest growing carriers, which boasts more than 120 destinations in 73 countries. Emirates Group, which includes the airline and related businesses, earned $1.6 billion in fiscal 2010. It expects to post another annual profit later this month.

The airline is a huge buyer of new airplanes, with standing orders for more than 230 jets. It operates the world’s largest fleet of Boeing 777s, and was one of the first carriers to use Airbus’ double-decker A380.

Emirates’ torrid growth means it is constantly adding new destinations. Some are exotic, such as recently added Lusaka, Zambia, and Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, starting next month.

But the company is also expanding its reach in the United States. It now flies from Dubai to six American airports, including Dallas/Fort Worth and Seattle, both added this year. It plans to add Washington flights in September.

Two weeks ago, Emirates announced a new codeshare deal with New York-based JetBlue Airways. That arrangement will tack an Emirates code and flight number onto JetBlue flights from New York’s JFK airport to a dozen U.S. destinations, including Chicago and Boston.

Sheik Ahmed, 53, spoke with The Associated Press on Tuesday in Dubai. He talked about……

Read this great AP Interview and story in full at the Daily Reporter…..


ADAM SCHRECK  AP Business Writer
First Posted: May 01, 2012


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