flydubai doubles fleet with 18th aircraft
New aircraft to support low-cost airline’s route expansion and robust passenger volumes
Dubai, UAE, 03 August, 2011 – flydubai, Dubai’s pioneering low-cost airline, has doubled the size of its fleet in just one year following the arrival of its 18th aircraft last week. Marking yet another milestone for Dubai’s first low-cost carrier, the new Boeing 737-800 NG represents an investment of US$80 million and is the latest delivery of the order of 50 placed by flydubai at the 2008 Farnborough Airshow.
Commenting on the new arrival, flydubai CEO Ghaith Al Ghaith said: “We are the world’s fastest growing start-up airline and a significant contributor to our success has been our young, efficient and expanding fleet. The range and capabilities of our 18 Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft allows us to provide our customers with high-quality, low-cost links to destinations in the GCC, Middle East, North Africa, Indian Sub-Continent, Asia and the fringes of Europe. The new aircraft has gone straight into service just in time to support the new CIS routes launching in September, as well as the upcoming busy Eid holiday.”
The 11th in the flydubai fleet to feature the Boeing’s new Sky Interior and the revolutionary Fibre-To-The-Screen in-flight entertainment system by Lumexis, the new aircraft will also incorporate Goodrich Corporation DURACARB® carbon brakes and Zonal Drying™ System, increasing fuel-efficiency and savings in emissions and costs.
flydubai started operations as Dubai’s first low-cost airline in June 2009 with daily flights to Beirut, Lebanon. The airline targets destinations within a 4.5 hour flight-radius of Dubai, and currently has operations to 38 cities, with five additional routes – Ufa and Kazan in Russia as well as Ukrainian destinations Kiev, Donetsk and Kharkov - scheduled to commence in September 2011.
flydubai is dedicated to making travel more accessible and affordable, taking every step to lower costs and pass on those savings to customers. All fares are one way and inclusive of taxes, that includes one piece of hand baggage weighing up to 7kg and a small handbag or laptop bag. Customers then pay for the optional extras they wish to receive, such as checked baggage, which starts at AED50 for 20kgs, or a seat with extra legroom for AED100.
Established in March 2008, flydubai is Dubai’s first low-cost airline and the fastest growing start-up airline in the world. Since commencing operations in June 2009, the airline has established an operational route network of 38 destinations across GCC, Middle East, North Africa, Indian Sub-Continent, Asia and the fringes of Europe and has built up a fleet of 18 aircraft. Owned by the government of Dubai, the low-cost carrier supports the city’s commercial and tourism sectors by serving all travellers, providing them with affordable air links to a range of destinations. The airline is dedicated to quality service and comfortable travel, lowering costs by optimising operational efficiencies and by offering the passenger more choice.
For more information about flydubai services, please visit www.flydubai.com or contact the call centre (+9714 301 0800) or travel partners.