The airline reported a 19.4% increase in passenger miles flown, and is now the world's largest international airline (Lufthansa comes a close second). It increased its fleet capacity by a lesser 13.9%, thereby making for the airline's highest ever first half average load factor – 81.2%.
Cargo was also steeply up, with a 23.7% increase in tonnage carried.
Emirates has the largest order of A380 planes of any airline, and has been unharmed by the controversy currently surrounding the Rolls Royce Trent 900 engines that power A380s for Singapore, Lufthansa and Qantas, because its planes are powered by GP7200 engines from the EA (Engine Alliance consortium) instead.
In related news, Emirates also resumed daily A380 service between New York and its hub at Dubai on Monday. This will mean the airline now operates 49 flights a week from the airline's four gateways in the US (JFK, IAH, LAX and SFO) to Dubai.
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