Boeing and flydubai have celebrated the delivery of the budget airline’s first 737 MAX 8, even as the airline becomes the first in the GCC region to operate Boeing’s newest single-aisle airplane.
The delivery is the first of 76 737 MAX airplanes flydubai will be adding to its all-Boeing fleet of Next-Generation 737s.
“We are delighted to receive our first Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft from our order made at the Dubai Airshow in 2013,” said Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer, flydubai.
“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.”
flydubai currently operates a fleet of 58 Next-Generation 737-800s and has built a network of more than 95 destinations in 44 countries, from Russia in the north, Czech Republic in the west, Thailand in the east and Tanzania in the south.
“flydubai’s growth in just nine years has been remarkable and Boeing is honoured to have been part of this journey,” said Kevin McAllister, Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO.
“This delivery marks another significant milestone in our partnership. We are confident that the market-leading efficiency and reliability of the 737 MAX will play a key role in flydubai’s continued success and complement its current Boeing fleet.”
The 737 MAX family has been designed to offer customers exceptional performance, flexibility and efficiency, with lower per-seat costs and an extended range that will open up new destinations in the single-aisle market.
The 737 MAX incorporates the latest technology. CFM International LEAP-1B engines, advanced technology winglets, Boeing sky interior, large flight deck displays, and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market.
The 737 MAX is the fastest-selling airplane in Boeing history, accumulating more than 3,800 orders to date from 88 customers worldwide.