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Emirates eyes U.S. to reach lofty goal

Although little known in the United States, Emirates Airlines -- based in Dubai -- is the world's fastest-growing carrier and hopes to be the world's largest airline by 2015. "It's only a matter of time," said Sheik Ahmed bin Saeed al Maktoum, the chairman and chief executive of Emirates and the uncle of the ruler of Dubai, part of the United Arab Emirates. Most of the airline's growth until recently has been along routes over the Atlantic and in the Middle East. But now it is setting its sights on the U.S., Los Angeles in particular. "I can't think of any airline growing that fast," said Richard Aboulafia, an aviation analyst for research firm...

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