Two aircraft join growing fleet

The new Airbus 330-200.

Emirates recently took delivery of two brand-new aircraft, a Boeing 777-300 and an Airbus A330-200, in support of the airline's new expansion plans for this year.

Emirates plans to add a further 10 new passenger aircraft to the fleet, increasing seating capacity by 21 per cent.

The new aircraft will facilitate the start of four new routes and add more flights to existing routes.

The 777, Emirates' 19th aircraft in its Boeing fleet, arrived in Dubai earlier this month following its non-stop maiden voyage from Boeing's plant in Seattle, on the US West Coast.

Powered by Rolls Royce Trent 800 Series engines, the flight was operated by Captains Ahmed Al Shamsi, Fali Vajifdar and Nesha Vukojicic, with First Officer Vitor Vanti.

A week later, Emirates' 25th Airbus A330-200 was ferried to Dubai from the French city of Toulouse, the homebase of Airbus, piloted by Captain Rod Miller and First Officer Michael Pfister.

As with all Emirates' Airbus fleet, the aircraft is powered by Rolls Royce Trent 700 Series engines. The recent deliveries brings Emirates fleet strength to 46 aircraft, a fleet well on its way to number 100 by 2010.

Meanwhile Emirates Airlines and meBank announced the winner of a recent online survey on customer travel habits. The lucky participant was Manoj Kumar. He won two Emirates economy class tickets to London.

Emirates presented some 22 prizes to lucky meBANK customers who had participated in the survey.

The survey attracted thousands of meBANK customers who gave opinions on what travel services they would like the bank to offer them online.