Fly­dubai first Mid­dle Eastern air­line to op­er­ate B737 Max 8

Business Traveller (India) - - UPFRONT -

fly­dubai has taken de­liv­ery of its first B737 Max 8 air­craft, be­com­ing the first Mid­dle Eastern car­rier to op­er­ate the next-gen­er­a­tion Boe­ing air­craft.

The Gulf air­line has a to­tal of 76 B737 Max air­craft on or­der, which will ex­pand the car­rier’s ex­ist­ing all-Boe­ing fleet of 58 B737-800s. Com­ment­ing on the de­liv­ery Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO of Fly­dubai said: “We are de­lighted to re­ceive our first Boe­ing 737 Max 8 air­craft from our or­der made at the Dubai Air­show in 2013.

“This marked the largest sin­gle-aisle Boe­ing air­craft or­der placed in the Mid­dle East. With this new chap­ter, we are look­ing for­ward to con­tin­u­ing our work with Boe­ing as we ben­e­fit from in­creased ef­fi­ciency and are able to of­fer an en­hanced cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence.”

The B737 Max is the fastest sell­ing air­craft in Boe­ing his­tory, with more than 3,800 or­ders from nearly 90 cus­tomers to date.

fly­dubai re­cently an­nounced plans for an ex­ten­sive part­ner­ship with fel­low Dubai-based car­rier Emi­rates, which will see the air­lines in­tro­duc­ing“an ex­pan­sive code­share agree­ment”, as well as align­ing their schedules and fre­quent flyer pro­grammes. fly­dubai.com

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