For the last 20 years, a constant in the airline world has been the relentless growth of the Big Three Middle Eastern carriers: Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways. Even during the last two economic downturns, these airlines maintained their ambitious long-haul expansion plans, and they now fly about 575 aircraft, up from roughly 25 in 1996. However, there are signs that everything is not a rosy as usual for the Big Three.  Given that more than a quarter of the widebody ...


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