flydubai rewarded for contribution to aviation
Carrier takes home Outstanding Contribution and Low Cost Airline of the Year at the sixth Aviation Business Awards
Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 08 November 2012: flydubai, Dubai’s innovative low-cost airline, received the Outstanding Contribution to Aviation trophy at the annual Aviation Business Awards, held last night (7 November 2012) in Dubai.
The airline also maintained its status as Low Cost Airline of the Year, having collected the same award 12 months ago with the panel of six judges citing flydubai’s impressive network growth and innovative services. The annual Aviation Business Awards (ABA) celebrates the achievements within the Middle East aerospace industry and its growing dominance on a global scale.
Accepting the award, flydubai CEO, Ghaith Al Ghaith, said: “I am honoured to collect these two awards on behalf of the whole flydubai team. The Outstanding Contribution is particularly significant as it recognises the small contribution we make to the UAE’s burgeoning aviation sector. The leadership of the UAE Government has enabled our industry to flourish and we look forward to playing a greater role in the UAE’s development of trade, tourism and transport as we continue to grow our network and fleet.”
Over the past twelve months, flydubai has launched operations to 10 new destinations including to Bucharest, Skopje, Kiev and Sana’a. The airline also recently signed a $117.5 million loan agreement with the Export-Import Bank of the United States for three Boeing 737-800NG aircraft. One has already been delivered and the remaining two are due before the end of the year.
Commenting on flydubai’s Low Cost Airline award, Walid Akawi, CEO, ITP Publishing Group, said: “We congratulate flydubai on winning Low Cost Airline of the Year for the second consecutive year. The judges recognised the airline’s rapid route expansion, its emphasis on opening up previously underserved regions and the development of in-flight services that have helped increase ancillary revenues.”
Photo caption: Ghaith Al Ghaith receives the Low Cost Airline of the Year award from Abdul Khaliq Saeed, President of Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies, at the Aviation Business Awards
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 more than 50 destinations across the Middle East, Africa, Indian Subcontinent, Asia and Central & Eastern Europe and has built up fleet of 26 aircraft. Owned by the Government of Dubai, the low-cost carrier supports the city’s commercial and tourism sectors by serving all travellers and 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 offering the passenger more choice. flydubai Cargo started operations on 1 January 2012 and operates within the flydubai passenger network as well as to offline stations.