The Boeing 737-800NG is part of the historic order of 50
aircraft that flydubai placed with the American plane maker at the
Farnborough Airshow last year and is financed by the US$320 million sale and
leaseback deal recently announced with GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS).
The new aircraft will immediately be put into service on
flydubai's first GCC route, Doha, with the first flight being on Sunday,
October 18, 2009.
The 737-800 Next Generation aircraft comes from a Boeing
family that is officially the most commercially successful model designed.
There are 1,250 Boeing 737s in the air at any moment in time, with one
off every 4.6 seconds. Its reliability, safety and fuel efficiency make the
aircraft ideal for flydubai, which passes on the savings gained in lower
maintenance and fuel costs to its customers.
The new twice-daily service to Doha is the first GCC
destination for flydubai and the first direct service between Dubai and
to be operated by a low cost airline. Doha brings the total number of
flydubai routes to seven, the others being Beirut-Lebanon, Amman-Jordan,
Damascus and Aleppo-Syria, Alexandria-Egypt and Djibouti-Africa.
Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO of flydubai said: "In general, this is a
difficult time for the aviation industry, but we are extremely happy with
progress flydubai has made since we became operational at the beginning of
"Taking an airline from a theory on a piece of paper to being
fully operational and carrying thousands of passengers every week has been a
huge challenge and it is tremendously satisfying to see it working so well.
"flydubai is delivering on the promise to ensure people in
this region have access to simple, uncomplicated, low fare travel and more
people really are travelling to more destinations more often.
"Taking delivery of this aircraft on schedule is another
boost to flydubai and with this expanded fleet we will be in a position to
make a number of exciting route announcements in the near future."
The Boeing NG 737-800 has a capacity of 189 economy passengers, can fly
for more than 5,500km (3000 nautical miles) and cruise at an altitude of
between 35,000 and 41,000 feet. flydubai is due to receive its sixth
The flydubai model is simple, with customers paying only for
the services they want to receive. The ticket price includes all taxes and
one piece of hand baggage, weighing up to 10 kg, per passenger.
Passengers have the option to purchase checked-in baggage in
advance at just AED 40 for the first piece and AED 100 for the second,
weighing up to 32 kg, subject to availability. Checked baggage at the
is also strictly subject to availability and passengers are advised to book
online early to secure the space, as only pre-purchased baggage can be
A nominal payment of AED 5 allows customers to select their
seat and just AED 50 secures the extra legroom positions. Bookings can be
changed for a small fee, plus any difference in the fare, and food and drink
can be purchased on board.
flydubai operates from a modernised and enhanced Terminal 2 on
the north side of Dubai International Airport.
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