Boeing and flydubai announced today an agreement to purchase 30 787-9 Dreamliners as the airline diversifies its fleet with the introduction of widebody jets. In a signing ceremony at the Dubai Airshow, the Dubai-based carrier said it plans to use the efficient 787 to open new routes and grow capacity on existing routes.
The 787-9 can fly 296 passengers 14,010 km (7,565 nautical miles) in addition to more cargo. Since revenue service began in 2011, the 787 family has launched more than 380 new nonstop routes around the world. Half of all 787 Dreamliner flights are operated in short- and medium-haul markets below 5,000 km (2,700 nautical miles), demonstrating its versatility and efficiency across all network segments.
flydubai, the Dubai-based airline, has announced the resumption of operations to Ashgabat in Turkmenistan.
Flights to Ashgabat International Airport (ASB) will commence with a twice-weekly service from January 23, 2023.
With the resumption of flights to Ashgabat, flydubai expands its network in Central Asia to nine points in five countries. This includes Almaty, Ashgabat, Astana, Bishkek, Dushanbe, Namangan, Osh, Samarkand, Tashkent.
From January onwards, the airline will also commence flights to seven new destinations including Cagliari, Corfu, Gan, Krabi, Milan Bergamo, Pattaya and St Petersburg, growing its network to 116 destinations in 53 countries.
Ashgabat is the capital and largest city in Turkmenistan and is nestled in between the vast Karakum Desert and Kopetdag mountains. The city is known for its abundance of white-marbled buildings and magnificent national monuments.
Flights between Terminal 2, Dubai International (DXB) and Ashgabat International Airport (ASB) will operate twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays. Emirates will codeshare on this route offering passengers more options to connect through Dubai’s international aviation hub.
Top Copyright Photo: Flydubai Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 A6-FKB (msn 61034) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 959074.
flydubai, the Dubai-based airline, has announced the launch of flights to six destinations as it continues to grow its network. This includes the start of flights to Cagliari, Corfu (below), Krabi, Milan and Pattaya from 2023 as well as the resumption of flights to Hofuf from November24, 2022.
Since the start of 2022, flydubai has launched flights to more than 20 destinations, including Pisa and Catania in Italy, Osh in Kyrgyzstan as well as Samarkand and Namangan in Uzbekistan. The addition of these six routes will see the flydubai network expand to 113 destinations in 53 countries. This represents a significant milestone as it is the largest number of destinations the carrier will serve since it began operations.
Flight details for the six destinations
Flights will operate from Terminal 2 and 3, Dubai International (DXB). Emirates will codeshare on these routes offering passengers more options for connections through Dubai’s international aviation hub.
The airline operates a single fleet-type of 68 Boeing 737 aircraft and includes: 32 Next-Generation Boeing 737-800, 33 Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 3 Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft.
Top Copyright Photo: Flydubai Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 A6-FKB (msn ) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 959074.
flydubai, the Dubai-based airline, has inaugurated the first flight to Pisa, becoming the first UAEs airline to connect Tuscany with Dubai. The flight will operate three times a week from Dubai International Airport (DXB) to Pisa International Airport (PSA).
The inaugural flight landed on-time at Pisa Galileo Galilei Airport to a welcome from a large representation of local and national authorities: Toscana Aeroporti Chairman Marco Carrai, CEO Roberto Naldi, by Senator Massimo Mallegni, the Mayor of Pisa Michele Conti, by the President Antonio Mazzeo, by the Councilor Alessandra Nardini, by the Councilor of the Province of Pisa Cristina Bibolotti and by a large representation of the San Marco Magistracy (committed on Saturday for the Gioco del Ponte after two years of detention due to a pandemic). On the flight have travelled the flyDubai CEO Ghaith Al Ghaith, the company’s top management and representatives of the UAE press.
flydubai, the Dubai-based airline, has announced that it will operate flights to ten unique destinations from June 23, 2022. This includes the launch of flights to the new destinations Izmir and Pisa as well as the resumption of operations to popular seasonal summer destinations such as Bodrum, Mykonos, Santorini and Tivat.
Since the start of 2022, flydubai has launched flights to six destinations around its network including the start of flights to AlUla (ULH), its newest destination in Saudi Arabia, as well as the resumption of flights to its second point in Istanbul, Sabiha Gökçen Airport (SAW). The carrier grows its network to 100 destinations with the start of flights to ten additional destinations, with the focus on seasonal summer routes.
flydubai has grown its network in Central and Eastern Europe over the years to more than twenty destinations that include popular cities such as Belgrade, Budapest, Ljubljana, Prague, Naples, Sarajevo Salzburg and Warsaw. Over the summer, the carrier’s network in Europe will further grow with the start of flights to Dubrovnik, Mykonos, Pisa, Santorini, Tivat and many more.
Since its launch in 2018, the Holidays by flydubai online portal has become a one-stop shop for customers to browse for and book their holiday packages including flights and hotels with the option to add pre-packaged ancillary services. Holidays by flydubai now offers affordable packages from 50 source markets across the flydubai network and more than 10,000 hotels from which customers can choose. flydubai passengers will be able to take advantage of the competitive Holidays by flydubai packages for their upcoming summer travel plans.
Flight details for the ten destinations starting from June 23, 2022
In other news, flydubai has recorded an exceptional performance in the First Quarter of 2022, building on the momentum from the tremendous performance in 2021. The carrier’s growing network and added capacity on its existing routes have been supported by new aircraft deliveries since the start of the year.
Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer at flydubai, said: “Dubai has demonstrated its ability to successfully overcome the various challenges presented by the pandemic and continues to thrive. We have continued our growth in 2022 capitalising on the tremendous results we reported for 2021. We have seen the number of passengers carried in the first quarter of this year more than double compared to the previous couple of years as we welcomed the world during Expo Dubai 2020, connected underserved markets to Dubai and added more frequencies around the network.”
“Our strong business model, supported by our ongoing recruitment drive to grow our workforce in parallel with the scheduled aircraft deliveries this year, will see that we are well placed to accommodate the surge in demand as more people get ready to travel again over the summer”, added Al Ghaith.
Q1 2022 performance
flydubai operated 19,000 flights between 01 January and 31 March 2022 and carried 2.35 million passengers. This represents a 114% increase in the number of passengers carried compared to 2021. In addition, flydubai has seen an increase in demand for connecting traffic with 43% of passengers connecting on to the carrier’s network compared to 28% for the same period last year. Demand for travel in Business Class continues to grow across the network, Europe saw an increase to 51% in 2022 up from 39% in 2021.
flydubai has taken delivery of four new aircraft this year, growing its fleet of Boeing 737s to 63 aircraft serving its growing network. The carrier will take delivery of 18 more aircraft over the next few months, for which financing mandates have been issued. To support this growth trajectory, flydubai is currently undergoing a recruitment drive to add more talented professionals to its workforce and this includes pilots, cabin crew and various positions across the business.
flydubai has built an expanding network of more than 100 destinations in 50 countries across Africa, Central Asia, the Caucasus, Central and South-East Europe, the GCC and the Middle East, and the Indian Subcontinent, exceeding the number of destinations it operated to prior to the pandemic. The carrier relaunched flights to Yanbu (YNB) in Saudi Arabia in February and added AlUla (ULH) and Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (SAW) to its growing network in March, and has also announced the start of flights to a number of new destinations including Pisa in Italy and Izmir in Turkey commencing this summer.
flydubai, the Dubai-based airline, has announced the launch of flights to Izmir in Turkey starting from June 26, 2022 with a three-times weekly service. Flights to Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport (ADB) will operate from Terminal 2 at Dubai International (DXB) on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
With the start of flights to Izmir, flydubai’s network in Turkey will grow to four points including Ankara (ESB), Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport (SAW) and Istanbul Airport (IST). flydubai will also operate summer seasonal routes to Bodrum (BJV) and Trabzon (TZX) frpm June 23 to offer passengers more options to travel this summer.
Izmir is the third largest city in Turkey located on the Aegean coast. It is known for its archaeological sites, rich heritage and its pleasant coastal climate. Its central location provides access to the most mesmerising coastal villages and beautiful beaches, ideal for a day trip to unwind and get away from the city’s urban atmosphere.
Commenting on the launch of flights, Jeyhun Efendi, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations and E-commerce at flydubai, said: “we are committed to making travel more accessible and providing more choice for our passengers. We are confident that Izmir will be a popular choice for passengers from the UAE and GCC. We look forward to welcoming our passengers on board and we hope they enjoy the flydubai experience whether they are travelling in Business Class or Economy Class.”
Flights from Terminal 2, Dubai International (DXB) to Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport (ADB) will operate three times a week on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Emirates will codeshare on this route offering passengers more options for connections through Dubai’s international aviation hub.Return Business Class fares from DXB to ADB start from AED 8,900 and Economy Class Lite fares start from AED 1,900.
In other news,flydubai has announced that it is expecting a record number of passengers to travel during the Eid Al Fitr break. The carrier has seen an increase in demand for flights to its popular destinations which includes Baku, Colombo, Istanbul and Maldives as well as some of its more recently launched destinations such as Ljubljana, Salzburg and Tirana.
The carrier has increased capacity on some of its popular routes for the upcoming break like Baku, Tbilisi, Maldives and Sarajevo to accommodate the increase in demand over the busy Eid travel period. More than 2,200 flights are scheduled to operate between April 30 and May 8, 2022, a significant increase from the carrier’s regular scheduled operations. The anticipated seat factor on flights to routes such as Almaty, Budapest, Colombo, Kathmandu, Naples and Yerevan is between 80+% and full capacity over the next two weekends.
The carrier has seen an increase in bookings for special Holidays by flydubai packages over the period, with passengers choosing bundled hotel stays and excursions to suit their preferences whether travelling in Business or Economy.
flydubai, the Dubai-based airline, has announced the start of flights to Pisa in Italy, becoming the first UAE carrier to operate this route from Dubai. The carrier will also resume its operations to Catania in Sicily growing its network in Italy to three points including Naples.
Flights to Pisa International Airport (PSA) and Catania International Airport (CTA) start on 24 June with a three-times weekly service. Emirates will codeshare on these routes and the flights will operate from Terminal 3 at Dubai International (DXB), offering travelers more seamless connections through Dubai’s international aviation hub.
Pisa is a city in Italy’s Tuscany region best known for its iconic Leaning Tower. The region in central Italy is home to some of the world’s most recognizable Renaissance art and architecture, including Michelangelo’s “David” statue, Botticelli’s works in the Uffizi Gallery and the Duomo basilica. Its diverse natural landscape encompasses the rugged Apennine Mountains, the island of Elba’s beaches on the Tyrrhenian Sea and famous olive groves and vineyards.
Passengers traveling on a Boeing 737 MAX aircraft can enjoy more comfort and an enhanced travel experience. The new cabin offering features a flatbed in Business Class and, in addition to the extra space and privacy, passengers can sleep comfortably during their flight. Economy Class offers new RECARO seats, which are designed to optimise space and comfort so passengers can sit back, relax and enjoy their flight.
flydubai’s Boeing 737 MAX aircraft also features exceptional inflight entertainment with a full HD, 11.6-inch screen, with a wide selection of movies, TV shows, music and games in English, Arabic and Russian. Passengers can enjoy complimentary seatback inflight entertainment in Business Class or purchase affordable inflight entertainment packages when traveling in Economy Class.
Flights from Terminal 3, Dubai International (DXB) to Pisa International Airport (PSA) will operate three times a week on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Return Business Class fares from DXB to PSA start from AED 11,000 and Economy Class Lite fares start from AED 2,500. Return Business Class fares from PSA to DXB start from EUR 2,500 and Economy Class Lite fares start from EUR 530.
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Top Copyright Photo: Flydubai Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 A6-FNC (msn 60983) BFI (Brian Worthington). Image: 957198.
Emirates and flydubai mark four years of strategic partnership. The Dubai-based airlines joined hands in 2017 and since then, more than 8.3 million passengers have enjoyed seamless connectivity across the joint network. Emirates Skywards – the loyalty program for Emirates and flydubai – continues to grow its global membership base, offering more than 27 million members exclusive rewards and benefits.