Ghaith Al Ghaith and Jeyhun Efendi at the press conference in Dushanbe
flydubai, Dubai’s innovative airline, inaugurated flights to Dushanbe today with a ceremony in the Tajikistan capital.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of the flight landing, flydubai’s CEO, Ghaith Al Ghaith, said: “Today is an exciting day for flydubai as we start operations to our 33rd country. We are pleased to extend our reach in Central Asia and as the first UAE airline serving Dushanbe, look forward to encouraging trade and developing further relations between our countries.”
Early tomorrow morning, Al Ghaith will welcome inaugural flight, FZ777, at Dushanbe International Airport before returning to Dubai on board flight FZ778, which departs at 04:50. Operations begin one day after flydubai took delivery of its latest aircraft from the Boeing factory in Seattle. The 737-800 brings the airline’s total fleet to 29 aircraft.
The start of services to Dushanbe ends a busy month for flydubai during which the airline also began flights to Mineralnye Vody, Russia, and the South Sudanese capital, Juba, bringing its operational network to 57 destinations across the Middle East, Southeast Europe, Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia, Subcontinent and North & East Africa.
Flights to Dushanbe operate twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays. Flight FZ777 is scheduled to depart Dubai Terminal 2 at 2205hrs, arriving at Dushanbe International Airport the next day at 0230hrs local time. The return flight, FZ778, leaves Dushanbe on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 0450hrs, landing in Dubai at 0730hrs local time.
Round trip fares:
Return fares to Dushanbe start at AED 2,000 while return fares to Dubai from Dushanbe start at USD 545, inclusive of 20kg checked baggage, 7kg hand baggage plus one small laptop bag or handbag and taxes.
A seat with extra legroom costs AED 100. Once on board, passengers can choose from a range of optional extras, including in-flight entertainment packages priced from AED 10 or select from the varied menu of refreshments and Duty Free items.