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Emirates plans 450-plane fleet by 2020

The head of Emirates Airlines said yesterday that the carrier will have more than 450 aircraft in its fleet by 2020, reported Gulf News. Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Group, said the airline plans to increase its fleet size from 115 now to 200 by 2012 to support its widening route network and increase service frequencies. Emirates currently has 243 planes on order with a total estimated value of $60bn. It is scheduled to take delivery of 22 planes this year.