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flydubai is a low-cost airline with its head office and flight operations in Terminal 2 of Dubai International Airport.
flydubai was officially set up in March 2008 by the Government of Dubai, forming the city's first low-cost airline and in June 2009 FlyDubai flew its first commercial flight to Beirut.
Today, flydubai operates more than 1,400 flights a week with over 500 pilots and 1,000 cabin crew.
Global Eagle Expands In-flight Connectivity Portfolio
APEX Insight: Global Eagle recently announced two deals that extend its connectivity portfolio on single-aisle aircraft. During an investor update on September 14, the company confirmed that LOT Polish Airlines will feature its Ku-band satellite Internet solution and revealed an expanded relationship with flyDubai. Subject to approval by the Indian government, in-flight connectivity upgrades for Jet Airways were a possibility, it said.
During last week’s investor update, Global Eagle confirmed that it will be the IFC service provider on LOT’s six upcoming Boeing 737 MAX aircraft with deliveries scheduled to begin later this year. It said the deal was driven by a pair of factors. Global Eagle was the first vendor to achieve line-fit offerability on the 737 MAX line, giving it an advantage in install timing and support. The company’s executive vice-president of Connectivity, Joshua Marks noted that its IFC deal with LOT was not the result of a typical request for proposal process. Rather, Global Eagle’s long-standing content relationship with the airline meant it was well positioned to expand into the connectivity segment. Global Eagle said that discussions were ongoing regarding retrofits on board LOT’s existing fleet of seven 737s, but that no decision has been made.
Global Eagle will also continue to expand its connectivity offering with flyDubai. The low-cost carrier will install its Ku-band connectivity kit on at least eight 737 MAXs. The carrier has 75 of the type on order. Some of the eight are already in service today so retrofits will be required on those aircraft. Global Eagle already provides connectivity on the carrier’s fleet of 54 737-800s.
“We continue to install our wireless in-flight entertainment system on Jet Airways 737NG aircraft. Decisions have not yet been made beyond that by Jet Airways. We are in active discussions related to the timing of when those aircraft will be upgraded to full connectivity, but clearly we’re all waiting for the Indian Government to give the approval before we announce specific contract amendments and timetable for upgrading those aircraft with connectivity antennae,” he said.
The presence of onboard streaming would give the airline an advantage when it comes to transitioning to Global Eagle’s full connectivity platform. The in-cabin hardware is in place and the content portal software is ready to go. Passengers are familiar with the interface so adding the internet access to the options is a relatively easy adjustment to make.
flydubai schedules B737 MAX debut for late 1Q18
flydubai (FZ, Dubai Int'l) is planning to debut commercial B737 MAX 8 operations towards the end of the first quarter of 2018, ch-aviation analysis of schedule data has revealed.
At present, the type is provisionally set to make its maiden appearance from March 25, 2018, onwards with a daily Dubai Int'l-Prague, Czechia, service. It is anticipated that the MAX will be used on other services ahead of this date.
Of the seventy-five B737 MAX it has on order from Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare), flydubai has thus far taken delivery of two, both of which are inactive at this time and in Amman Queen Alia for completion work.
flydubai announces 4Q17 Dubai AL Maktoum frequency updates
flydubai in the 4th quarter of 2017 is adjusting service from Dubai Al Maktoum, where it currently operates daily service each to Amman and Beirut. From 29OCT17 to 15DEC17, service will be temporary reduced to 4 and 3 weekly flights respectively.
Dubai Al Maktoum – Amman 4 weekly
FZ5141 DWC1140 – 1315AMM 73H x135
FZ5142 AMM1405 – 1900DWC 73H x135
Dubai Al Maktoum – Beirut 3 weekly
FZ5155 DWC1225 – 1500BEY 73H 135
FZ5156 BEY1600 – 2140DWC 73H 135
Flydubai flies Prague 737MAX 8 flights in 2018
flydubai in the week of 10SEP17’s OAG Schedules Analyser update filed preliminary Boeing 737MAX 8 operation in summer 2018, effective from 25MAR18. Based on the listing, the airline schedules the 737MAX 8 aircraft on Dubai – Prague route, on daily basis.
Reflected in the OAG database, configuration for this route is C10Y156.
FZ781 DXB0310 – 0800PRG 7M8 D
FZ782 PRG0900 – 1700DXB 7M8 D
Further changes remain highly possible. As the airline already received 2 Boeing 737MAX 8 to date, it is likely the aircraft will operate Prague service ahead of filed date of 25MAR18.
Flydubai Expands Network In Russia
Aiming to offer its customers the opportunity to explore Russia’s historical and cultural heritage, architecture, and food, flydubai will add flights to Makhachkala and Voronezh in October as well as resume services to Ufa.
The will bring total number of Russian destinations served by the airline to 10, with its current network including Kazan, Krasnodar, Mineralnye Vody, Moscow, Rostov-on-Don, Samara and Yekaterinburg.
Ahead of the launch, the carrier has joined forces with Russian Emirates Publishing & Advertising to develop a list of the top experiences in the Eastern European country this September, including opera and ballet shows, festivals, and exhibitions.
8th August 2017
Flydubai has taken delivery of its first B737 Max 8 aircraft
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.
26th July 2017
Flydubai launches flights to Makhachkala and Voronezh
Flydubai is adding three destinations to its Russian network, bringing its presence in the country to ten points. This autumn, the airline will launch flights to Makhachkala and Voronezh and resume services to Ufa.
Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer of flydubai, said: “Russia has been a key part of flydubai’s network since an early stage in our operations. We entered the market in 2010 and focused on markets that were previously underserved from Dubai. Russian passengers recognise the benefits of direct air links and together with our product offering have helped us to successfully grow our service across the country. Today, we are pleased to further expand our footprint as we see a growing demand for travel from Russia to Dubai.”
24th July 2017
AAR signs agreement with flyDubai
AAR has expanded its relationship with flydubai by signing a long-term contract to provide comprehensive flight-hour component support for its new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. The Dubai-based airline is set to take delivery of 100 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft ordered at the 2013 Dubai International Airshow by the end of 2023. This is AAR’s first agreement to support the new aircraft and will utilize the company’s extensive global supply chain network, including its new parts warehouse in Dubai.
“AAR is honored that flydubai will be AAR’s launch customer for the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft,” said AAR Chairman and CEO David P. Storch at a signing ceremony in Dubai to mark this important event. “We have been supporting flydubai’s current fleet since September 2016, and it is a privilege to be entrusted with this new opportunity.”
“As the first customer of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 in the region, we are looking forward to bringing further fuel and operating efficiency to our young modern fleet,” said flydubai’s CEO Ghaith Al Ghaith. “AAR is a key partner with an enduring commitment to innovation and reliability, and we look forward to continuing our partnership.”
“Our imbedded team and proprietary systems enable the fastest possible response times and streamlined operational efficiencies,” said John Holmes, president and chief operating officer, AAR. “This is another big win for our Integrated Supply Chain Solutions team who have a done a great job of expanding AAR’s flight-hour support services around the world.”
Dubai-based flydubai currently has a network of more than 90 destinations in 44 countries. It is committed to opening up previously under served markets and provides direct links from Dubai to 63 routes that did not previously have direct air links to Dubai, or were not served by a UAE national carrier from Dubai.
17th July 2017
The deal will include network collaboration and coordinated scheduling at Dubai International Airport, where both airlines are based, Emirates said in a statement Monday. It will be rolled out from the fourth quarter starting with enhanced code-sharing arrangements.
Dubai has been looking at placing the two government-owned carriers under a single structure for several months. The move means FlyDubai’s regional flights will help fill Emirates jets, while the discount operator gets access to a global network of 157 destinations. New city pairs are set to be opened up and duplicated routes eliminated, while frequent-flyer programs may be aligned.
The partnership unites two complementary models and will unlock “immense value,” said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive officer of Emirates Group and chairman of FlyDubai. The airlines will continue to be managed independently, he said.
Flydubai reveals new uniform
New look reflects the carrier’s transformation from a start-up airline to a mature carrier
Dubai-based airline flydubai is introducing a new uniform for the first time since its inception in 2009. Flydubai teamed up with Dubai-based hospitality supplier A. Ronai LLC. to create the new look.
The new design will be worn by over 2,500 staff, including pilots, cabin crew, training, engineering and maintenance staff as well as members of staff at the airport and flydubai travel shops.
The roll out of the new look later this year will coincide with the airline’s reveal of its first Boeing 737 MAX 8.
Commenting on the launch of the new uniform, the airline’s chief executive Ghaith Al said, “Flydubai has evolved continuously since its inception; we’ve continued to push boundaries and change the way people travel around the region.
"Our desire to meet the varying travel needs of our passengers with affordable, reliable travel services still lies at the heart of our proposition; however, we have come a long way from being a start-up airline and this maturity needs to be reflected through multiple touchpoints across the airline, undoubtedly the uniform is the most visible of all.”
“The design takes into consideration the various working environments of the flydubai staff including varied climates, cultural and religious sensitivities, durability and practicality, versatility, cost-efficiency, as well as security, health and safety regulations,” added Jilly Sims, senior vice president of Inflight Service at flydubai.
Dubai-based flydubai will start flights to Kilimanjaro from 29 October with six flights a week, three of which are via a stop in Dar es Salaam
The relaunched service to the carrier’s third point in Tanzania, along with Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar, will see flydubai’s network in Africa expand to 12 destinations.
Flydubai began operations to Tanzania in 2014. The carrier will also increase direct flights to Zanzibar from three to eight flights a week.
Kilimanjaro International Airport is located between the regions of Kilimanjaro and Arusha in Northern Tanzania. The airport is the major gateway to the Kilimanjaro region, a main international tourism destination that includes Mount Kilimanjaro, Arusha National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, and Serengeti National Park.
Flydubai has seen a 3.5% increase in passengers numbers travelling between the UAE and Africa in 2016 compared to 2015, according to a company statement.
The airline has built up a wide network in Africa with flights to Addis Ababa, Alexandria, Asmara, Djibouti, Entebbe, Hargeisa, Juba, Khartoum, and Port Sudan, as well as Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, and Zanzibar. The 12 points will be served with more than 80 weekly flights for the summer period.
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