Fly­dubai’s 50th Boe­ing 737-800 on dis­play at Dubai Air­show

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

DUBAI: Dubai-based fly­dubai marks its fourth par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Dubai Air­show by show­cas­ing its 50th air­craft, the new­est and last air­craft to be de­liv­ered from the car­rier’s his­toric or­der placed at the Farn­bor­ough In­ter­na­tional Air­show.

In 2008, at the Farn­bor­ough In­ter­na­tional Air­show, fly­dubai placed an or­der for 50 Next-Gen­er­a­tion Boe­ing 737800 air­craft. It was the largest or­der for this type of air­craft that had been placed by a start-up air­line val­ued at USD 4 bil­lion at list prices. The first fly­dubai air­craft made its de­but at the 2009 Dubai Air­show.

fly­dubai’s Chair­man, His High­ness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Mak­toum, was asked, when the or­der was placed, whether its busi­ness model would fol­low that of other low-cost air­lines and fly­dubai’s Chair­man was un­equiv­o­cal in his re­sponse: “We will be fly­dubai.”

The air­craft or­der was made a year be­fore fly­dubai planned its first flight or sold a ticket. This con­fi­dence con­tin­ued when fly­dubai de­cided to pro­ceed with the launch of the air­line at the height of the global eco­nomic cri­sis and it launched in June 2009 with flights to Beirut.

At the 2011 Dubai Air­show, the car­rier’s fleet had grown to be home to 23 brand new air­craft and cre­ated a net­work of 46 des­ti­na­tions within five hours fly­ing ra­dius from Dubai.

The 2013 Dubai Air­show was a mile­stone show for Dubai and fly­dubai. The car­rier placed a USD 11.4 bil­lion or­der for 75 new air­craft as well as pur­chase rights for an ad­di­tional 25 737 MAX 8. The new air­craft de­liv­er­ies will be over a six-year pe­riod be­tween 2017 and 2023. The or­der also in­cluded 11 Next-Gen­er­a­tion 737-800s and de­liv­er­ies will start from May 2016.

As it en­ters its sixth year of op­er­a­tion, fly­dubai has con­sis­tently shown over this time that it has con­tin­ued to do things dif­fer­ently, chal­leng­ing the con­ven­tions around air travel. fly­dubai has cre­ated a net­work of 96 des­ti­na­tions in 45 coun­tries, launched Busi­ness Class ser­vices, signed a num­ber of in­ter­line agree­ments, con­tin­ued to grow its Cargo divi­sion and in­vest in prod­uct en­hance­ments.

Ghaith Al Ghaith, fly­dubai’s CEO: “We knew that car­ry­ing Dubai’s name set huge ex­pec­ta­tions. We had to de­liver an air­line that met the stan­dards of avi­a­tion and in­no­va­tion that the UAE is known for in­ter­na­tion­ally. Like the city it rep­re­sents, fly­dubai, strives on imag­i­na­tion and in­no­va­tion.”

“It has been a re­mark­able jour­ney for what started off as Dubai’s first low-cost air­line and has con­tin­ued to chal­lenge the con­ven­tions of air travel in the re­gion and to ex­ceed ex­pec­ta­tions. We re­main com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing Dubai’s avi­a­tion hub and cre­at­ing free flows of trade and tourism. The ful­fill­ment of the first air­craft or­der on sched­ule has been a key fac­tor in sup­port­ing fly­dubai’s growth. The new air­craft or­der will also en­able us to con­tinue, with am­bi­tion, to open up more des­ti­na­tions and add more fre­quen­cies.”

In 2015, fly­dubai took de­liv­ery of 8 Next-Gen­er­a­tion Boe­ing 737-800 air­craft, launched 16 new des­ti­na­tions, in­creased its op­er­a­tion to more than 1,600 flights as well as see the start of its flights out of Al Mak­toum In­ter­na­tional at Dubai World Cen­tral (DWC).

New main­te­nance fa­cil­ity

fly­dubai has an­nounced the launch of its wheel and brake main­te­nance fa­cil­ity, ded­i­cated to of­fer­ing a full range of main­te­nance ser­vices for th­ese com­po­nents in­stalled on Boe­ing 737 air­craft.

Lo­cated within Dubai In­ter­na­tional Air­port over 365.21 square me­ters, the new fly­dubai fa­cil­ity is cer­ti­fied as an Ap­proved Main­te­nance Or­ga­ni­za­tion (AMO) from the Gen­eral Civil Avi­a­tion Author­ity of the UAE.

Cap­i­tal­is­ing on its ef­fi­cient work­flows and mod­ern equip­ment, the fa­cil­ity is man­aged by an ex­pe­ri­enced team and is ca­pa­ble of pro­cess­ing up to 10 units a day.

fly­dubai operates a sin­gle-model fleet of 50 Boe­ing 737-800 Next-Gen­er­a­tion air­craft. Be­ing one of the youngest fleets in the skies with an av­er­age age of 3.1 years, the air­lines is ca­pa­ble of in­creas­ing its cost ef­fi­ciency by bring­ing down the cost of main­te­nance and fuel con­sump­tion.

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