Catching up with Breaking Travel News’ Phil Blizzard during Arabian Travel Market, Ghaith al Ghaith, chief executive of flydubai, tells us how the low-cost sector is developing in the Middle East and all about his plans for the year ahead.
Emirates Skywards has replaced flydubai’s frequent flyer programme, Open, officially becoming the loyalty programme of both carriers.
flydubai is the first national carrier for the UAE to create direct air links to the Congolese capital, Kinshasa, and with the start of the service sees its comprehensive network in Africa grow to 13 destinations in ten countries.
The daily flights, beginning on April 15th, will operate with an en-route stop in nearby Entebbe and will also be available for booking through the Emirates codeshare agreement.
Boeing and flydubai have finalised the purchase of 175 737 Max airplanes in the largest single-aisle jet order in Middle East history. The deal – which includes options for an additional 50 jets – is valued at $27 billion at current list prices.
Boeing and flydubai have signed a landmark agreement today 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.
Emirates has announced steady revenue growth and a rebound on profitability compared to the same period last year in half-year results for 2017-18.
Following the commencement of their partnership, Emirates and flydubai today announced that Emirates will expand its network to 29 flydubai destinations across three continents. The new partner network, through its codeshare, will offer greater frequency and easier access to more global destinations with the advantage of connecting baggage to the final destination.
Boeing and flydubai have celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 737 MAX 8, making the Middle East carrier the first in the region to operate the manufacturer’s newest single-aisle airplane. The delivery is the first of 75 737 MAX airplanes the airline will be adding to their all-Boeing fleet of Next-Generation 737s.