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Top 10: Middle East Carriers by Revenue in 2010

Regional look at the latest 'Airline Business World Airline Rankings'.
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Top 10: Middle East Carriers by Revenue in 2010, according to Airline Business World Airline Rankings

Airline Business has published its much-awaited World Airline Rankings for 2010, with combined revenues of US$588 billion for the world’s 150 biggest airlines. Emirates was the only Gulf carrier to break into the top ten operators by revenue – the Dubai airline’s first appearance in the top ten since its launch 25 years ago. It also topped the Middle East list once again – but how did other carriers in the region fare? ArabianSupplyChain takes a look….

NUMBER 10: Middle East Airlines - MEA (Revenue in Millions: US$603 – Global Ranking: 122)
Beirut-based Middle East Airlines (MEA) is the national airline of Lebanon and is majority-owned by Banque du Liban. The carrier operates an extensive regional network within the Middle East as well as international scheduled services to Europe and Africa. Middle East Airlines became a member of the SkyTeam Alliance in 2011.

NUMBER 9: Iran Air (Revenue in Millions: US$700 – Global Ranking: 110)
Based at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport, Iran Air is the flag carrier of Iran and wholly owned by the Iranian Government. The carrier operates passenger and cargo services to both domestic and international destinations in Asia and Europe.

NUMBER 8: Kuwait Airways (Revenue in Millions: US$785 – Global Ranking: 101)
Based in Kuwait City and wholly owned by the Kuwaiti Government, Kuwait Airways is the national carrier of Kuwait. From its base at Kuwait International Airport, the carrier operates an extensive network within the Middle East as well as scheduled international services to the Indian Subcontinent, Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.

NUMBER 7: Royal Jordanian (Revenue in Millions: US$953 – Global Ranking: 95)
Founded in 1963, Royal Jordanian is the national airline of Jordan. The carrier is based at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan and operates a network throughout the Middle East together with services to Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Royal Jordanian is a member of the oneworld alliance.

NUMBER 6: Gulf Air (Revenue in Millions: US$1,450 – Global Ranking: 71)
Founded in 1950, Gulf Air is the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain. It is one of the larger airlines in the Middle East region, serving over 40 destinations across Africa, Asia and Europe from its main base at Bahrain International Airport.

NUMBER 5: El Al (Revenue in Millions: US$1,972 – Global Ranking: 60)
El Al operates scheduled domestic and international passenger and cargo services to Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia.

NUMBER 4: Etihad Airways (Revenue in Millions: US$2,951 – Global Ranking: 44)
Founded in 2003, Etihad Airways is the national carrier of the emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and is based at Abu Dhabi International Airport. Operating a fleet of narrow and wide-body Airbus and Boeing aircraft, Etihad operates a rapidly expanding network of services within the Middle East and to Europe, Asia, North America, Canada and Australia. In addition to its core activity of passenger transportation, Etihad earns significant revenue from its cargo operation, Etihad Crystal Cargo.

NUMBER 3: Saudi Arabian Airlines (Revenue in Millions: US$5,300 – Global Ranking: 26)
Based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabian Airlines is the national airline of Saudi Arabia and is wholly owned by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The airline operates a network of domestic and regional services within Saudi Arabia and the Middle East as well as Asia, Europe and North America from its main base at Jeddah-King Abdulaziz International Airport.

NUMBER 2: Qatar Airways (Revenue in Millions: US$5,381 – Global Ranking: 25)
Founded in 1993 and based in Doha, Qatar Airways is the flag carrier of Qatar and is wholly owned by the Qatar government. The carrier operates an extensive network of regional services in Asia and the Middle East together with international services to Australia, Europe, Africa and North America. Qatar Airways also has a corporate jet subsidiary, Qatar Executive. Constantly winning awards for its service offering, Qatar Airways is one of the Middle East's "big three" airlines, with aggressive fleet and route network expansion plans.

NUMBER 1: Emirates Airline (Revenue in Millions: US$14,807 – Global Ranking: 10)
Founded in 1985, Emirates Airline is the national carrier of the emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and is based at Dubai International Airport. The world's largest airline as measured by international passengers carried, Emirates is among the fastest-growing airlines in the world, pursuing an aggressive expansion strategy across all continents. The airline operates a large fleet of all-widebody Boeing and Airbus aircraft and is the largest customer for the Airbus A380. Emirates provides an extensive network of services within the Middle East as well as to Africa, East Asia, South Asia, Australasia, North America, Europe and South America.

(Profile source: Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation - CAPA)

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