In an article in the Gulf News, the head of Commercial Operations at
Emirates (Ghaith Al Ghaith) hinted that the airline may seek to
procure additional aircraft beyond the 8 recently leased A340-300s
to cover "exploding" demand in the short-to-medium term. Recently
opened routes to Moscow and Lagos have been doing extremely well and
the carrier needs to boost frequencies on these as well as numerous
other routes across the network. Hence the urgent need for acft.
I wonder what types are available on the market at such short notice?
Also there is a strong chance that Emirates may pickup some
additional A340-500s to facilitate expansion on ultra long haul
routes (Australia -- Emirates are confident they will get approval
for a 2nd daily to SYD
by the Summer). Currently 8 acft have been
ordered (3 delivered and in service) but the eventual fleet may rise
upto 12 aircraft. For the additional 4 aircraft i would assume 2
would be the ex-AC acft and 2 new orders ??