Published: Thu, November 16, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Flydubai near deal to order 175 boeing 737 MAX

Flydubai near deal to order 175 boeing 737 MAX

Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Flydubai chairman, said in a statement that Boeing aircraft have provided the airline with the operational flexibility it needs to serve a network of 95 destinations in 44 countries.

The deal is the largest ever for a single-aisle jet by a Middle East carrier and comprises of 175 firm orders and the option for 50 more.

The deal, hailed by the United States plane maker as the "largest-ever single-aisle jet order" from a Middle East carrier, is the third aircraft order placed by the airline with Boeing in its eight-year history and follows orders placed in 2008 and 2013.

UAE low cost carrier flydubai has signed a commitment for 175 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft at the Dubai Airshow.

The deal, announced at the Dubai air show, is valued at $27 billion at list prices.

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Leeham News and Comment said the two sales added up to a "historic day for commercial aviation". FlyDubai has begun to code-share flights with Emirates; both airlines are owned by Dubai's government.

After today's announcement it has a total of 320 aircraft on order.

Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Kevin McAllister said the record-breaking agreement builds on his company's strong partnership with flydubai and other leading carriers of this region.

Flydubai now has a fleet of Boeing 737-800s and 737 Max 8 aircraft, with a further 70 due for delivery by 2023 following an order for 75 MAXs and 11 737-800s made at the 2013 Dubai Airshow. "We have had success with the 737 family in the past and are confident the 737 MAX will continue to help grow our business", said Adel A Albanwan, deputy chief executive officer, ALAFCO. To date, flydubai has taken delivery of 63 737-800s and three 737 MAX 8 airplanes. "We signed agreements with key airline partners including Emirates, flydubai, Azerbaijan Airlines, ALAFCO, Ethiopian Airlines and Egyptair", during Dubai Air Show 2017, he added.

He said the selection of the 737 MAX 10, which can seat over 230 passengers, would provide an excellent fit under Emirates' recently selected 787-9s.

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