Hybrid low-cost carrier Flydubai has announced a commitment to order up to 100 Boeing 737 MAX jets and up to 11 more Boeing 737-800s.
Locally based Flydubai announced the order ‒ which incudes an unspecified number of options and purchase rights ‒ on November 17, during the first day of the Dubai Airshow 2013.
According to the manufacturer, Flydubai’s new Boeing 737-family commitment, which the manufacturer values at $11.4 billion at list prices (including orders and purchase rights), represents the largest-ever Boeing purchase of Boeing single-aisle jets in the Middle East.
The investment continues Flydubai’s legacy of operating an all-Boeing 737 fleet. Today Flydubi operates 33 Boeing 737-800 jets and it is due to take delivery of 17 more by 2015 under a 2008 order for 50 aircraft.
Since beginning service four and a half years ago, Flydubai has built up a network of more than 65 destinations. According to the airline, it achieved profitability in its third year of operation.
Flydubai recently introduced Business Class cabins in its aircraft. It made this service available, for the first time, on several of the 46 previously under-served destinations to which it flies.
The first aircraft from Flydubai’s new order, Boeing 737-800 jets, will be delivered in 2016 and 2017. Deliveries of its first Boeing 737 MAX jets ‒ Flydubai has not yet announced the models it plans to order but the 737 MAX 8 is likely to feature prominently in its order ‒ are scheduled to begin in the second half of 2017 and to continue until the end of 2023.
“This order is a remarkable milestone for Boeing,” said Ray Conner, president and chief executive officer, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Not only is it the largest single-aisle order for Boeing in the Middle East, but more importantly, we are extremely proud of the confidence that Flydubai continues to place in our products with an all-Boeing fleet.”
In 2013, Flydubai has announced 16 new routes and has increased its frequency of service to several destinations in its network.