Emirates, Etihad and Qatar continue their ambitious growth plans
What anna.aero calls the MEB3 (“Middle East’s Big 3”) carriers have no intention of easing their ambitious plans for growth, as was made clear at the recent Dubai Air Show. As reported, Emirates proclaimed what it said was the biggest single order in Boeing’s history, for up to 70 777-300ERs valued at US$26 billion. Likewise, Qatar Airways signed a $6.4 billion order with Airbus, selecting the A320neo as the reference aircraft for expanding its short- to medium-haul fleet. The three carriers are exploiting their geographical position between Europe and Asia to create 24-hour travel hubs and are also now targeting Africa and North America.
London Heathrow is by a long way the busiest hub in Europe for the big three Middle Eastern airlines. In Asia it’s Beijing, then Tokyo Haneda and Hong Kong. However, Taipei in Taiwan is at the moment ignored by all three.
[pictured: Etihad Airways’ A380]