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一小时内,该消息就在空客A380、A350和波音777X、777的最大买家(以及波音787的第二大航空公司客户)间传播开来。长期以来,阿联酋航空(Emirates airline)、卡塔尔航空(Qatar Airways)和阿提哈德航空(Etihad Airways)一直打着远超出其重量级的重拳——在波音和空客备受瞩目的项目上拥有不成比例的影响力,并且一直在增加订单。

其中,阿联酋航空执飞全球业务的109架空中巨无霸A380便是典型代表。而即将推出的波音777X也要归功于这三个国家的地理位置。海湾地区120华氏度环境对运动性能的要求,推动了波音对喷气式飞机从发动机到机翼和起落架等所有部件的尺寸调整。通过此举,波音获得了丰厚回报:在326架波音777X订单中,75%的飞机订单来自海湾地区的三家承运人。

它们快速扩张的机队激发了前往和途经迪拜、多哈和阿布扎比的旅游业,它们的全球雄心也令看到它们不当盈利的美国和欧洲承运人备受折磨。

当前,下跌的油价、拥挤的空域、迪拜国际机场的有限地面空间以及尚未完工的迪拜世界中心(Dubai World Central)都对阿联酋航空扩张计划形成打压。与此同时,在意大利、德国和印度合伙人方面的押注失误,也对阿提哈德航空的宏伟计划形成重创。而所有这一切都发生在阿联酋随沙特阿拉伯一起卷入到对也门的代价高昂而激烈的战争以及导致区域性旅游进一步下滑的对卡塔尔区域封锁之前。

在中东地区,航空驱动的增长已陷入困境,现在,正提心吊胆地等待最后结果。

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Jon Ostrower is Editor-in-chief of The Air Current. Prior to launching TAC in June 2018, Ostrower served as Aviation Editor for CNN Worldwide, guiding the network's global coverage of the business and operations of flying. Ostrower joined CNN in 2016 following four and half years at the Wall Street Journal. Based first in Chicago and then in Washington, D.C. he covered Boeing, aviation safety and the business of global aerospace. Before that, Ostrower was editor of the award-winning FlightBlogger for Flightglobal and Flight International Magazine covering the development of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and other new aircraft programs from 2007 to 2012. Ostrower, a Boston native, graduated from The George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs with a bachelor's degree in Political Communication. He is based in Seattle.

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