Flydubai fleet to reach 35 by year-end
Dubai, November 12, 2013
Flydubai, the Dubai-based low-cost carrier, will have a fleet of 35 aircraft by the end this year and 13 of them will be configured with Business Class, the airline said.
It said the airline’s order of 50 Boeing 737-800s, placed at the Farnborough Airshow in 2008, is due to be fulfilled by 2015.
Speaking on the carrier’s achievements in 2013 ahead of the Dubai Airshow, flydubai’s chief executive officer Ghaith Al Ghaith said: “flydubai would not have been able to grow and develop so quickly if we did not operate in such a stimulating environment for business as the UAE. Our business model, which was built around our ability to be agile and flexible, has helped change the way people around the region travel and create free flows of trade and tourism.”
Flydubai continues to grow demand for travel to destinations within a five-hour flying radius from Dubai. Benefiting from Dubai’s efficient aviation hub, the carrier has opened up routes to the primary airports of more than 46 previously underserved markets across Africa, the Caucasus, Central Asia, Europe, Russia, the GCC, Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent, he said.
Flydubai has added 16 new destinations to its network this year, bringing the total number of destinations served to more than 65. Malé (Maldives), Ha’il and Madinah (Saudi Arabia), Odessa (Ukraine), Juba (South Sudan), Sialkot and Multan (Pakistan), Volgograd and Krasnodar (Russia) are a few of the additions. Flydubai doubled its network in Russia to eight points and added its fourth point in Ukraine. The carrier continues to grow its GCC network with additional points in Saudi Arabia, Oman and increased frequency to Kuwait.
Along with adding new routes, the carrier increased the frequency of flights to existing destinations, such as Kiev (Ukraine) and Colombo (Sri Lanka) to a double daily service.
In the past two years, flydubai has more than doubled the number of destinations it flies to and has around 1,200 weekly flights. Flydubai carried 5.1 million passengers in 2012 and has become the second largest carrier, by passenger numbers, operating out of Dubai International.
In June 2013, flydubai announced the start of Business Class services, an evolution of its passenger offering. The decision to launch the premium service was based on the demand for such a product as many of the routes flydubai serves do not have a Business Class option.
The new service which became available in October on select routes like Istanbul, Juba, Kabul, Kiev and Malé has been positively received by passengers, who can now benefit from faster check-in services, a dedicated business team, more comfortable and spacious seating and a variety of internationally inspired menus. – TradeArabia News Service
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