Dreamliners broaden flydubai’s horizon

Flydubai surprised many people by ordering 30 Boeing 787 widebodies at the Dubai Airshow in November 2023. It marks a new chapter for the airline, as Richard Schuurman details in the March 2024 issue of Aviation News

On June 1, it will be 15 years since flydubai launched commercial services from Dubai to Beirut, 15 months after the airline was established in March 2008. While the airline’s network has grown to more than 120 destinations and its fleet to 84 aircraft, there has been a constant factor: the Boeing 737.

For almost the airline’s entire history, the 737-800 formed the backbone of its fleet, reaching 62 examples at its peak, before flydubai introduced the MAX. As of January 1, 2024, the carrier operated 29 737-800s, 52 MAX 8s and three MAX 9s, with another 136 MAXs on order. To cater for capacity shortfalls, the carrier is wet-leasing four 737-800s from Smartwings from October 2023 through mid-April 2024.

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