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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.
The airline operates between a total of 95 destinations, serving the Middle East, North Africa, East Africa, the Indian subcontinent, Asia and Europe from Dubai. These destinations include Abha, Alexandria, Amsara, Astana, Bahrain, Madinah, Lucknow, Lar, Kuwait, Krasnodar, Multan, Mumbai, Muscat, Mattala, Colombo, Dammam, Dar es Salaam, Delhi, Dhaka, Salalah, Shiraz, Sialkhot, Skopje, Sofia, Quetta, Najaf, Kiev, Kochi, Kabul, Karachi, Jeddah, Jouf, Istanul and many others.
flydubai offers a Business Class service in which you are one of 12 passengers with built-in lumbar support, generous recline and extendable leg-rests and 12.1 inch built touchscreen.
In Economy class, flydubai allows you to pre-pay to check in 20 kg of buggage on any flydubai flight. Each piece of baggage has to weigh 32 kg or less.
Business Class passengers can check in up to 3 pieces of baggage with a combined weight of 40 kg. Each piece of baggage must weigh 32 kg or less and be smaller than 75 cm x 55 cm x 35 cm.
flydubai passengers can transfer their baggage to connecting Emirates and flydubai flights when checking-in. In March 2016, flydubai qualified for membership after successfully completing the IOSA Audit. The audit, which is a pre-requisite for an IATA membership, examined all the operational departments across the airline to ensure that the carrier's internal process promote safety, integrity and effectiveness.
flydubai operates a single type of 50 Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft with an average age of 3.4 years. The carrier has built a network of 95 destinations served by more than 1,700 flights a week operating out of Dubai and Al Maktoum International Airport. In February 2016, flyDubai announced it will operate up to 17 flights a day between Kuwait and Dubai between 23 and 29th February.
2nd November 2017
FlyDubai starts operating Dubai - Makhachkala flights
Dubai-based FlyDubai has started operating Dubai - Makhachkala flights using Boeing 737−800 on November 1, a representative of Makhachkala Airport Imara Abumislimova said.
Flights to Russia's Makhachkala will be carried out on Tuesdays and Fridays and on Tuesday and Friday nights - back to Dubai, TASS reported.
Makhachkala, Ufa and Voronezh being the latest additions with operations commencing in October 2017. Along with these newest points on FlyDubai’s network the airline operates direct flights to Kazan, Krasnodar, Mineralnye Vody, Moscow (VKO), Rostov-on-Don, Samara and Yekaterinburg.
30th October 2017
Emirates and Flydubai use Terminal 3 to operate
After growing their commercial relationship earlier this year, Emirates and flydubai could finally use the same terminal at Dubai International Airport, the world's busiest for international travelers, the head of the airport operator said.
Emirates, the Middle East's largest airline uses only Terminal 3 without some of the Qantas flights that will end next year. Budget airline flydubai shares Terminal 2, on the other side of the airport, with other flying companies.
The two airlines are considering developing connections for passengers, in addition to whether it's possible for them to operate out of Terminal 3.
"We need to make a strategic decision about how the traffic distribution will work," Dubai Airports Chief Executive Paul Griffiths clarified to Reuters on Thursday in an interview in Dubai.
"Then we need to move quickly into a design and construction phase to build whatever facilities are necessary for that, or adapt existing facilities around the new business model." He continued.
3rd October 2017
Long-haul carrier Emirates expands to 29 FlyDubai routes
Dubai’s long-haul carrier Emirates says it will now expand its network into 29 locations flown to by budget carrier FlyDubai as part of a codeshare deal.
Emirates said in a statement on Monday that the codeshare agreement will see trips begin on Oct. 29. Flyers can book trips beginning Tuesday.
The two airlines operate independently, but are owned by the same entity, the Investment Corporation of Dubai. That’s a state-owned sovereign wealth fund of the sheikhdom in the United Arab Emirates.
The new agreement comes as Emirates’ profits fell by more than 80 percent to $340 million in the last fiscal year due in part to a slump in demand and U.S. travel restrictions.
27th September 2017
Flydubai launches flights to Podgorica
Flydubai has announced the start of flights to Montenegro's capital Podgorica, which will begin on 01 November.
With two flights a week, the flights include a stopover in Sarajevo, a popular destination on the flydubai network. Podgorica joins the airlines network in Central and Eastern Europe, which includes Belgrade, Bratislava, Bucharest, Prague, Skopje, Sarajevo and Sofia. flydubai will become the only UAE-based carrier to offer direct air links to Podgorica.
Ghaith Al Ghaith Chief Executive Officer of flydubai, said: “With the launch of our flights to Podgorica, we continue to offer passengers more ways to explore and discover Montenegro. The popularity of our summer flights to Tivat has shown a continuous demand for more access to this part of the world and we are delighted to be offering flights to Montenegro on a regular basis.”
19th September 2017
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.
14th September 2017
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.
12th September 2017
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
11th September 2017
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.
5th September 2017
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.”
Along with the new additions, flydubai’s network in Russia includes Kazan, Krasnodar, Mineralnye Vody, Moscow, Rostov-on-Don, Samara and Yekaterinburg.
Travel between Russia and Dubai has been recently benefited from changes in visa requirements enabling Russian passengers to automatically receive a free 30-day Visa on Arrival in the UAE. This regulation prompted a 140% growth in travel numbers from Russia to Dubai within the first month since its introduction in February 2017, according to the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM).
Makhachkala is major city in the South of Russia, and capital of Dagestan Republic. Voronezh is a major city in western Russia with a population of over 1 million and rich history. Ufa was among flydubai’s first destinations in Russia, initially launched in 2011. It is the largest oil refining centre in the Volga and the Urals, as well as a major transport hub, scientific, cultural and religious centre.
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
Emirates, the world’s biggest long-haul airline, will form a partnership with low-cost sister carrier FlyDubai aimed at allowing the companies to feed passengers onto each other’s flights.
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.
10th July 2017
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.
flydubai announced it will be launching flights to Kilimanjaro from October 2017
Dubai-based flydubai will start flights to Kilimanjaro from 29 October with six flights a week, three of which are via a stop in the capital, 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.
flydubai announced it will be deepending its relationship with Emirates over the next 18 months as the owner, the Dubai Government, seeks to improve returns. Changes could include more closely coordinated connecting - or feeder - flights, and a joint decision on schedules to soften head-to-head competition in some markets.
20th June 2017
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.
In April, flydubai announced it will launch new seasonal flights from Dubai to Batumi (Georgia), Qabala (Azerbaijan) and Tivat (Montenegro). The new services will operate from June to September 2017, expanding its network to 93 destinations in 44 countries. Flydubai also said 48 out of 58 Boeing 737-800 aircraft are now equipped with Wi-Fi and Live TV services. In May 2017, flydubai announces it is investigating collaboration with Air India Express. Options being considered include interline and codeshare arrangements. The Air India LCC subsidiary has focused its operations on India-Gulf flights, aimed primarily at Indian migrant workers. Its weekly seat capacity on India – Dubai Int'l flights is 14,880, which it serves from Mangalore, Kozhikode, Amritsar, Delhi Int'l, Lucknow, Mumbai Int'l, Tiruchirapally, Kochi Int'l, Thiruvananthapuram, Jaipur, and Pune. For its part, flydubai has a weekly seat capacity of 5,295 on flights from Dubai to Delhi, Hyderabad Int'l, Mumbai, Kochi Intl, Lucknow, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, and Ahmedabad.
28th April 2017
On 8th September 2017, flydubai will make its first flight on a Boeing 737 MAX
flydubai signed a contract with Boeing for the delivery of 75 MAX 8 in 2013. The first aircraft will be delivered to flydubai, and 5 more will arrive before the end of the year. flydubai will be the first airline in the Middle East with MAX 8 in its fleet.
Russia remains an important market for flydubai and with the changes in visa regulations (Russians now get visas free-of-charge on arrival) Dubai is increasingly popular amongst Russian tourists. As Jeyhun Efendi noted, flights between Dubai and Yekateinburg have been increased to a daily service since April and flydubai is considering the reintroduction of flights to Ufa and Novosibirsk as well as potentially launching a new route to St Petersburg.
flydubai was named "Best Low-Cost Airline serving the Middle East” at the 2017 Business Traveller Middle East Awards this month.
26th April 2017
flydubai to increase capacity of flights to Russia by 50% from September 2017 due to new visa regulations for Russian citizens travelling to the United Arab Emirates. flydubai had carved out a niche connecting Dubai to destinations in Russia and former Soviet states that previously had limited or no direct air links with the city state.
27th February 2017
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