I was just browsing through a few of the PPRUNE forums and (on the Middle East section) came across a rumour that EK is apparently to add four more A340-300s.
Great news if true, but (a) from where and (b) to supplement existing capacity or add new routes?
I ask this because A340s (and indeed A330-200s) are in extremely short supply at the moment and off hand, I can't think of anyone wanting to part with theirs.
Presumably EK is still actively looking for new(ish) aircraft, in addition to the many it has on order. The only aircraft I can think of which are available in significant numbers, at short notice, are United's parked 777s (less the three which have gone to AI). These are, of course, PW powered engines, which mightn't suit EK.
Alternatively, what about the 777s deferred by AA and DL, all of which will be RR powered; might EK reach a deal with Boeing for these?
Anyone know what their plans for fleet additions are, this year?