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flydubai's Fleet Continues to Grow

Dépèche transmise le 16 octobre 2009 par PRNewswire

DUBAI, UAE, October 16 /PRNewswire/ -- flydubai, Dubai's first low cost airline, has become one of the worlds' fastest growing start-up airlines, with the delivery of its fifth aircraft in five months.

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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 taking 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 Qatar 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 the progress flydubai has made since we became operational at the beginning of June.

"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 aircraft in December.

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 airport 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 guaranteed.

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.

About flydubai:

Established in March 2008 with start-up capital of AED 250 million, flydubai is Dubai's first low cost airline. Owned by the government of Dubai, the airline will support the city's commercial and tourism sectors by serving all travellers, providing them with affordable air links to a range of destinations.

With flydubai, travellers can take 1 piece of hand baggage (weighing up to 10 kg) no larger than 56 cm x 45 cm x 25 cm on board without charge. If the bag does not meet the cabin requirements, it will be checked into the aircraft hold at a cost of AED 150. For a little extra, passengers can check a bag. Each bag purchased can hold up to 32 kg and not larger than 90 cm x 75 cm x 43 cm. If customers want to take more, an additional bag can be purchased, subject to availability.

Based on a low cost business model, flydubai offers a value-for-money product at an extremely competitive price. Its website () will be an important interface for customers, together with a call centre (+971-4-301-0800) and travel partners.

Note to editors:

For further information, please contact:

Zahabia Motiwala or Rima Salman at the flydubai press office at Polaris PR. Telephone: +971-4-341-5555. Zahabia Motiwala mobile: +971-50-768-9440. Rima Salman mobile: +971-50-273-4869. E-mail: or .

Or

Heather Redpath, PR Manager for flydubai at Mobile: +971-50-9508420; Email:

CONTACT: For further information, please contact: Zahabia Motiwala or RimaSalman at the flydubai press office at Polaris PR. Telephone:+971-4-341-5555. Zahabia Motiwala mobile: +971-50-768-9440. Rima Salmanmobile: +971-50-273-4869. E-mail: or. Or Heather Redpath, PR Manager for flydubai atMobile: +971-50-9508420; Email:

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