Dubai-based Emirates has become the third largest carrier by capacity in the world, according to new figures.

Dubai-based Emirates has become the third largest carrier by capacity in the world, according to new figures.

Data from schedules provider Innovata, revealed that Emirates is now ahead of US airline United and gaining ground on Delta and American Airlines.

It is expected that Emirates will produce 16.9 billion available seat kilometres (ASKs) in March 2011 – an increase of 9.9 per cent compared to last year.

Delta Air Lines and American retain first and second place in the rankings with 28.4 billion and 21.8 billion ASKs, respectively.

Offering flights to Dubai from a number of destination, Emirates now has 144 planes in its fleet including 15 Airbus A380 superjumbos in its fleet and has ordered a further 75.

Earlier this month, Emirates was named as Airline of the Year by key industry title Air Transport World.

Written by Ruth Norris.

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