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9. Emirates

Passenger Increase 2011-2012: 18.4%

Emirates continues to be one of the world's leading airlines in terms of size, service, and expansion - and has reported 25 consecutive years of profit. Earlier this month, it announced plans to increase its fleet of 200 aircraft by 25 percent over four years, with an additional 188 planes on order.

Ninety of these will be A380s - the world's largestpassenger aircraft. Emirates' vice-president for passenger sales worldwide,Thierry Antinori, said the airline is focused on larger planes and is not interestedin the smaller Boeing 787 model.

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