Air Transport World

Middle East. (World Airline Report 1989)

Arkia: The Israeli regional carrier has taken options on three ATR 72s to replace the Dash 7s that it uses on domestic routes. Arkia's 1989 traffic results could not be obtained.

El Al: Healthy growth marked 1989 and increases of 5% in both passenger and freight traffic are forecast for the Israeli carrier this year. Passenger boardings climbed 11.5% to 1,732,833 last year, RPKs were up 11% to 7.7 billion and FTKs rose 6.1% to 898.5 million. Passenger load factor was 74.8%.

Emirates: Dubai's flag carrier continued to show good gains in 1989, posting increases of 15.5% to 729,000 in passengers, 14.4% to 1.86 billion in RPKs and 25.8% to 78 million in FTKs.

Gulf Air: Good traffic growth continued in 1989 at the Bahrain-based carrier. …

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