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16 Jul 2008 by Mark Caswell

43 billion The
amount in US dollars of aircraft orders and options announced by Etihad Airways
this week. The new aircraft will join the Etihad fleet between 2011 and 2020,
and will include ten Airbus A380 superjumbos, 25 A350 and 20 A320 aircraft, as
well as 35 Boeing B787 and ten B777-300ER planes.

313.4 million The
net profit in US dollars made by Russian airline Aeroflot in 2007. The carrier
says this represents an increase of 21.4 per cent on the previous year’s
figures.

936,868 The
number of passengers travelling through Birmingham International airport in
June. The figure represents an increase of 2.8 per cent on the same month last
year, with flights to the Irish Republic seeing growth of 13.1 per cent.

85.4 The
percentage load factor on Iberia’s long-haul flights during June. The Spanish
carrier says that its total long-haul traffic rose by 0.4 per cent compared
with the same month in 2007.

84.7 The
percentage of businesstraveller.com visitors who are worried about frequent
flyer programmes losing their value. To take part in our latest survey click
here
.

54 The number of
next-generation 737-800 aircraft being ordered by forthcoming low-cost carrier
Flydubai. The airline is due to start flights in mid-2009. For more information
click here.

Four The number
of new hotels announced for the Port Ghalib resort of Egypt by Intercontinental
Hotels Group. The group will manage two Crowne Plaza properties, an
Intercontinental hotel, and an individually branded Marina Lodge Hotel.

One Dubai’s first
St Regis-branded hotel and residences has been announced. The luxury Starwood
brand will debut in the emirate in 2012, and will feature 220 rooms, 80
residences, three restaurants, two bars, a fitness centre, a swimming pool and
420 sqm of meeting space.

By Mark Caswell

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