Boeing and flydubai signed an agreement for a total of 225 737 MAX airplanes with a list price value of $27 billion at the Dubai Airshow 2017.
Signed at the 2017 Dubai Airshow in flydubai’s hometown, the agreement includes a commitment for 175 airplanes ─ MAX 8, MAX 9 and at least 50 737 MAX 10s ─ and purchase rights for 50 additional MAXs. The deal represents the largest-ever single-aisle jet order – by number of airplanes and total value – from a Middle East carrier, according to Boeing.
“We welcome the continuation of our long partnership with Boeing. Their airplanes have provided a foundation for the success of our business model, providing us with the operational flexibility and range to build a network of 95 destinations in 44 countries,” said flydubai Chairman His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum. “Understanding the demand for travel across our network, our innovative approach to our cabin design and developing a product unique to our market has allowed us to exceed our passengers’ expectations in their flying experience.”
“Today’s aircraft order underlines the success of flydubai’s founding vision helping to strengthen trade and tourism links across its network and has contributed to the enhanced connectivity of Dubai’s aviation hub,” added Al Maktoum. “In under a decade, flydubai has extended its network to 97 destinations in 44 countries and we look forward to the arrival of the new aircraft from 2019 in support of our future ambitions.”
“Today marks the next chapter in flydubai’s success story,” said Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer, flydubai. “Since we launched in 2009, flydubai has opened up 67 previously underserved markets serving our passengers across the region. We welcome the continuation of our long partnership with Boeing. We ordered this aircraft model as it has given us the versatility and flexibility to carry 44 million passengers since our first flight.”
“We are extremely honored that flydubai has selected to be an all-Boeing operator for many years to come. This record-breaking agreement builds on our strong partnership with flydubai and the other leading carriers of this region,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President & CEO Kevin McAllister. “With flydubai’s proven business model and ambitious growth plans, we look forward to hundreds of flydubai 737 MAXs connecting Dubai with the rest of the world.”
This new deal surpasses the flydubai’s previous orders of 75 MAXs and 11 Next-Generation 737-800s at the 2013 Dubai Airshow and the flydubai placed its first order for 50 Next-Generation 737-800s in 2008.To date, flydubai has taken delivery of 63 737-800s and three 737 MAX 8 airplanes, according to Boeing, but the airline claim it will only have a fleet of 61 Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft and Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft by the end of 2017. In addition, there is a lineup of 70 aircraft due for delivery by 2023. With today’s announcement, flydubai will have 320 aircraft on order.
Source – AeroTime