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flydubai announces new seasonal routes for summer 2018

Flydubai announces 4th year of profitability and 25% increase in passengers

Dubai-based flydubai has announced the launch of two new seasonal destinations for next year: Dubrovnik, Croatia and Kutaisi, Georgia; the latest additions to flydubai’s European network for the 2018 summer period.

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flydubai becomes the first carrier to operate direct flights to Dubrovnik (above) from the UAE. Flights to the popular Croatian coastal city will operate up to four times a week from April 10 until October 25, 2018. Along with Tbilisi and Batumi, Kutaisi (below) will become flydubai’s third point in Georgia and will be served with three weekly flights between June 14 and September 22, 2018.

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This brings the number of destinations on flydubai’s European network for next year’s summer to 22 points including 11 points in Russia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Turkey, two points in Ukraine and the new seasonal route to Croatia.

Flights to Batumi, Georgia will resume from June 16 until September 30 next year with a daily flight, an increase from the three-weekly service operated last summer. Tivat on the other hand, will resume with up to three weekly flights from March 26 until October 26, 2018, replacing the existing service to Podgorica currently operating during the winter schedule. Qabala, flydubai’s second point in Azerbaijan, will resume from June 14 until September 30, 2018 with a four-weekly service, an increase from the previous twice-weekly service.

Copyright Photo (all others by flydubai): Flydubai Boeing 737-8KN WL A6-FEX (msn 40278) BFI (Steve Bailey). Image: 927812.

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Air Canada’s new Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 to enter service on December 11

The first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 for AC, will become  C-FTJV,  fleet number 501

Starting December 11, 2017, the first Boeing 737 Max aircraft will enter Air Canada’s fleet and begin flying within Canada.

The aircraft will initially be deployed on select flights on the following routes:

  • Montreal – Calgary
  • Montreal – Toronto
  • Montreal – Vancouver
  • Toronto – Ottawa

The Boeing 737 aircraft will gradually replace Air Canada’s existing mainline fleet of Airbus narrowbody aircraft, creating one of the world’s youngest, most fuel efficient and simplified airline fleets.

Copyright Photo: Air Canada Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 N60436 (C-FTJV) (msn 61207) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 939707.

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Aerolineas Argentinas takes delivery of its first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8

The first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 for Aerolineas Argentinas, delivered on November 22, 2017

On November 22, 2017 Aerolineas Argentinas took delivery of its first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8, the pictured LV-GVD (msn 64207). LV-GVD arrived at the Buenos Aires base the following day via a refueling stop at Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

The new type is expected to enter revenue service on December 1, 2017. The company is expected to have 20 copies by 2020.

Finally on December 4, 2017, Boeing issued this statement and photo:

Boeing and Aerolíneas Argentinas on December 4 celebrated the delivery and commercial debut of the first 737 MAX airplane for the airline and for Latin America.

Aerolíneas took delivery of the airplane, a MAX 8, in late November and flew the first commercial flight about a week later from Buenos Aires to Mendoza, becoming the first in the region to operate the new and improved 737 airplane.

Aerolíneas Argentinas is experiencing strong growth, with a 15 percent increase in passenger traffic in the past year, and a 22 percent increase since 2015. To support that growth, the airline plans to take delivery of 12 MAX airplanes and use them on flights regionally and, later in 2018, to the Caribbean.

The Aerolíneas Argentinas MAX 8 is configured for 170 passengers and fly 3,515 nautical miles (6,510 kilometers).

Copyright Photo: Aerolineas Argentinas Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 LV-GVD (msn 64207) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 939884.

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flydubai commits to more Boeing 737 MAX 8s, orders MAX 9s and MAX 10s, 175 firm orders

Flydubai's second Boeing 737 MAX 8

Boeing and flydubai signed a landmark agreement on November 15, 2017 for 225 737 MAX airplanes with a list price value of $27 billion. The deal represents the largest-ever single-aisle jet order – by number of airplanes and total value – from a Middle East carrier.

Signed at the 2017 Dubai Airshow in flydubai’s hometown, the agreement includes a commitment for 175 MAX airplanes, and purchase rights for 50 additional MAXs. When finalized, the purchase promises to sustain tens of thousands of direct and indirect jobs in Boeing’s U.S. factories and network of suppliers.

More than 50 of the first 175 airplanes will be 737 MAX 10s, the newest and largest member of the 737 MAX family. The MAX 10 will have the lowest seat-mile cost of any single-aisle airplane ever produced. flydubai said the balance of the initial airplane order will be made up of the popular MAX 8 and MAX 9, giving the carrier a family of airplanes with high commonality and low operating costs.

This new deal surpasses the flydubai’s previous record order of 75 MAXs and 11 Next-Generation 737-800s which was signed at the 2013 Dubai Airshow.

The 737 MAX is the fastest-selling airplane in Boeing history, having surpassed 4,000 total orders from 92 customers. The MAX family incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market.

flydubai placed its first order for 50 Next-Generation 737-800s in 2008 and was the world’s first airline to introduce the Boeing Sky Interior into service. To date, flydubai has taken delivery of 63 737-800s and three 737 MAX 8 airplanes.

Copyright Photo: Flydubai Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 A6-FMA (msn 60965) BFI (James Helbock). Image: 939053.

 

flydubai showcases its first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 at the Dubai Airshow

Dubai-based flydubai (www.flydubai.com) marks its fifth Dubai Airshow by unveiling its brand-new Boeing 737 MAX 8. This is the first aircraft to be delivered from the largest single-aisle Boeing aircraft order placed in the Middle East in the 2013 edition of the show.

The new aircraft, bearing the UAE registration mark A6-MAX, is the first of 76 aircraft on order from Boeing; all of which will be delivered by 2023. Six of these aircraft will join the flydubai fleet by the end of the last quarter of 2017.

flydubai’s new Boeing 737 MAX 8s will initially be deployed on the furthest points on the carrier’s network. Destinations including Bangkok, Prague, Yekaterinburg and Zanzibar will be among the first to be served by the MAX 8. The additional aircraft being delivered over the next few years will be rolled out across the fleet and will become available on most of the routes on the network.

Since the beginning of 2017, flydubai has launched six new destinations and grown its network to more than 95 destinations, increased the schedule to more than 1,700 flights per week as well as rolled out its new uniform worn by more than 2,500 uniformed staff.

Bottom Copyright Photo (all others by flydubai): Flydubai Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 A6-FMA (msn 60965) BFI (James Helbock). Image: 939053.

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Flydubai's second Boeing 737 MAX 8

Boeing, Emirates announce a commitment for 40 787-10 Dreamliners

The first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner

Boeing and Emirates, have announced a commitment to purchase 40 787-10 Dreamliners at the 2017 Dubai Airshow. The deal, including airplanes and related equipment, is valued at $15.1 billion at current list prices.

Emirates is the world’s largest Boeing 777 operator and will be the first to receive the new 777X in 2020. In selecting the 787-10, Emirates complements their 777 fleet with a medium twin-aisle airplane that offers 25 percent better fuel efficiency per seat and emissions than the airplanes it replaces.

Above Image: Emirates.

Emirates’ order will be delivered from 2022, taking the airline well into the 2030s. Some of these aircraft will be replacements.

The 787-10 is the largest member of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner family, which is the fastest-selling twin-aisle airplane in history. More than 65 customers have ordered more than 1,275 Dreamliners to date thanks to the family’s ultra-fuel efficiency and passenger-preferred experience. Emirates’ commitment pushes the total number of new 787 orders and commitments this year to more than 180; and more than 210 orders and commitments for the 787-10 overall.

Boeing has delivered more than 600 787s since deliveries began in 2011. The 787 fleet has flown more than 200 million passengers while saving over 19 billion pounds of fuel, enabling airlines to open more than 170 new nonstop routes around the world.

The 787-10 Dreamliner is 5.5 meters (18 ft) longer than the 787-9 yet shares more than 95% commonality with its smaller sibling. With its unprecedented low fuel use and operating costs, the 787-10 is the most efficient replacement for older twin-aisle jets such as the A330-300.

Copyright Photo: Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner N528ZC (msn 60256) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 937791.

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Air Canada takes delivery of its first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8

The first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 for AC, will become  C-FTJV,  fleet number 501, delivered on October 31, 2017

Air Canada on October 31, 2017 took delivery of its first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8.

Copyright Photo: The pictured N60436 became C-FTJV) on the handover. Air Canada Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 N60436 (C-FTJV) (msn 61207) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 939708.

 

flydubai expands its footprint in Moscow with new service to Sheremetyevo International Airport

Flydubai Boeing 737-8KN WL A6-FEU (msn 40273) BFI (Brandon Farris). Image: 926389.

Dubai-based flydubai has announced the start of its new daily flights to Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO) in Moscow from November 29, 2017. This will increase the airline’s frequency to the Russian capital to double daily with the existing service to Vnukovo International Airport (VKO).

flydubai first started operating to Moscow in 2014 and has grown its network in Russia to 11 unique points.  Makhachkala, Ufa and Voronezh being the latest additions with operations commencing in October 2017. Along with these newest points on flydubai’s network the airline operates direct flights to Kazan, Krasnodar, Mineralnye Vody, Moscow (VKO), Rostov-on-Don, Samara and Yekaterinburg.

The airline, which recorded a 45% growth in passenger numbers to Russia in the first half of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016 and is the first carrier to operate direct flights to Sheremetyevo International Airport from the UAE. The airport is one of the three airports serving the city of Moscow, along with Domodedovo International Airport and Vnukovo International Airport, and is one of the largest airports in Russia.

flydubai operates flights to more than 95 destinations in 44 countries offering passengers from Russia greater opportunity to connect onwards on the flydubai network to popular routes like Male (Maldives), Colombo (Sri Lanka) and Zanzibar (Tanzania) via Dubai’s aviation hub. Business Class and WiFi are available on flydubai’s flights to Russia.

Top Copyright Photo: Flydubai Boeing 737-8KN WL A6-FEU (msn 40273) BFI (Brandon Farris). Image: 926389.

Flight Details

Flights between Dubai (DXB) and Sheremetyevo (SVO) will start on November 29, 2017. flydubai’s FZ 917/918 will operate daily between Dubai International, Terminal 2 and Sheremetyevo International Airport.

Flight Number Route Departure Time Arrival Time
FZ 917 DXB – SVO 00:55 Local Time 05:25 Local Time
FZ 918 SVO – DXB 06:25 Local Time 12:40 Local Time

 

WestJet officially unveils Canada’s first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8

The Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 for WestJet, delivered on September 29, 2017

WestJet on October 11, 2017 officially unveiled its first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 aircraft, one of 50 scheduled for delivery in the next four years.

“We are proud to make history as the first Canadian airline to receive the Boeing 737 MAX,” said Ed Sims, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Commercial. “The MAX’s design updates, including Boeing’s Advanced Technology winglets and the Boeing Sky Interior, will contribute to improvements in fuel efficiency and overall guest experience. We look forward to welcoming guests on board our sleek new aircraft along with our signature caring, people-driven service.”

“We worked closely with WestJet to make sure the 737 MAX raises the bar when it comes to efficiency, reliability and the passenger experience,” said Brad McMullen, Boeing’s Vice-President of Sales for the Americas. “This is a great airplane for a great customer, and we’re excited to see WestJet put the MAX into service.”

The aircraft, which has been at WestJet’s Calgary hangar since September 29 for inspections, training and test flights, is the first of 50 Boeing 737 Max scheduled to be delivered through 2027. The aircraft is expected to officially enter service on November 9, 2017, when it operates from Calgary to Toronto (Pearson).

The Boeing 737 MAX is powered by CFM International’s LEAP-1B engines, designed for fuel efficiency and noise reduction. Overall, the aircraft is 14 per cent more fuel-efficient than current 737 Next-Generations and have a reduced operational noise footprint of up to 40 per cent through quiet-engine technology.

WestJet’s 737 MAX 8 aircraft feature a single cabin with 174 seats. Its seating configuration consists of three rows of Plus in addition to 11 more rows with a seat pitch of 34 inches. Further enhancing WestJet’s guest experience, the aircraft comes with Boeing’s new Sky Interior which has features such as customizable LED lighting and new speakers to improve sound and clarity of onboard announcements.

WestJet’s current fleet consists of 117 Boeing Next-Generation 737s, four Boeing 767s and 42 Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft. WestJet has also entered into a definitive purchase agreement for 10 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners with the first aircraft expected to be delivered in January 2019. With one of the youngest fleets in the airline industry, WestJet continues its global growth while controlling operating costs and providing an award-winning guest experience.

Copyright Photo: WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 C-FRAX (msn 60510) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 939453.

Boeing’s Dreamliner surpasses one million flights

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner N789EX (msn 41988) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 913660.

In less than six years of service, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner family has already surpassed 1 million passenger flights, faster than any twin-aisle jet. Connecting the world with over 150 new nonstop routes, the Dreamliner family has flown more than 190 million passengers while saving 18 billion pounds of fuel since its first delivery in September 2011.

Copyright Photo: Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner N789EX (msn 41988) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 913660.

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