Flydubai keeps faith in Boe­ing

The Pak Banker - - COMPANIES/BOSS -

DUBAI: Flydubai has no plan to re­con­sider its new plane or­der with Boe­ing af­ter the re­cent crash of flight FZ981 in south­ern Rus­sia in which all 62 peo­ple aboard died. Af­ter cir­cling a south­ern Rus­sian air­port for more than two hours be­cause of high ground-level winds and poor vis­i­bil­ity, flydubai pas­sen­ger plane Boe­ing 737-800 crashed dur­ing a sec­ond land­ing at­tempt on March 19. As a mark of re­spect, flydubai has re­tired flight num­ber FZ981 from Dubai to Ros­tovon-Don. On Novem­ber 17, 2013, flydubai an­nounced a com­mit­ment for an or­der for up to 111 air­craft worth $11.4 bil­lion from Boe­ing. This or­der in­cludes up to 100 Boe­ing 737 MAX and up to 11 Next-Gen­er­a­tion Boe­ing 737-800s. It was the largest sin­gle-aisle or­der for Boe­ing in the Mid­dle East.

"We have no in­ten­tion to re­con­sider the new air­craft or­der with Boe­ing and we re­main con­fi­dent in our fleet," a flydubai spokesper­son told Khaleej Times.

Flydubai fleet in­clude 50 new Next-Gen­er­a­tion Boe­ing 737-800 air­craft and the air­line will take de­liv­ery of more than 100 Boe­ing air­craft by the end of 2023. The plane de­liv­er­ies will start next year and five air­craft will be re­ceived by year-end. The Dubai car­rier has cre­ated a net­work of up to 90 des­ti­na­tions, with 18 new routes launched in 2015.

"No, I don't see any im­pact what­so­ever as there is no ev­i­dence right now to point the blame at any one item," a se­nior avi­a­tion an­a­lyst re­sponded when asked if there will be any change in flydubai air­craft or­der to Boe­ing.

"Air­lines make in­vest­ments for the long-term and they won't can­cel or­ders on the back of an iso­lated in­ci­dent - be­cause at the mo­ment that's what this is - es­pe­cially since it's the first event of this na­ture that flydubai has faced," Saj Ah­mad, the chief an­a­lyst at the UK's Strate­gicAero Re­search, said. Ah­mad added: "Of all the com­mer­cial jets Air­bus and Boe­ing build, or­ders re­main in­tact and many air­lines will wait to see what the of­fi­cial re­ports say to."

Flydubai's CEO Ghaith Al Ghaith has said it was too early to de­ter­mine why the plane, which was just over five years old, crashed.

"In the im­me­di­ate af­ter­math of the ac­ci­dent we have been fo­cus­ing on two key pri­or­i­ties; care for all those who have been af­fected by the ac­ci­dent and sup­port for the in­ves­ti­gat­ing au­thor­i­ties as they work to iden­tify the cause," Al Ghaith told a news con­fer­ence in Dubai. Rus­sian me­dia say the two main the­o­ries un­der con­sid­er­a­tion by in­ves­ti­ga­tors are pos­si­ble pi­lot er­ror or a tech­ni­cal fail­ure. "Mem­ory has al­ready been re­trieved from the black boxes, it's be­ing worked on," a spokesman of the In­ter­state Avi­a­tion Com­mit­tee, which is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the crash, told Reuters. "The de­cod­ing of the two black boxes may take be­tween sev­eral weeks and sev­eral months," he said.

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