Boeing and flydubai have announced the delivery of the airline’s first 737 MAX 8, making the Middle East carrier the first in the region to operate Boeing’s newest single-aisle airplane.
This delivery is the first of 75 737 MAX airplanes the airline will be adding to their all-Boeing fleet of 58 Next-Generation 737-800s
Ghaith Al Ghaith, chief executive officer, flydubai, said: “We are delighted to receive our first Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft from our order made at the Dubai Airshow in 2013. This marked the largest single-aisle Boeing aircraft order placed in the Middle East. With this new chapter, we are looking forward to continuing our work with Boeing as we benefit from increased efficiency and are able to offer an enhanced customer experience.”
Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Kevin McAllister added: “flydubai’s growth in just nine years has been remarkable and Boeing is honored to have been part of this journey. This delivery marks another significant milestone in our partnership. We are confident that the market-leading efficiency and reliability of the 737 MAX will play a key role in flydubai’s continued success and complement its current Boeing fleet.”
Ken Gile, chief operating officer, flydubai, concluded: “As the first MAX customer in the region, we look forward to the further fuel and operating efficiencies that this aircraft will bring to our young modern fleet,” said. “Our flight crew share our excitement in operating one of the most highly anticipated commercial aircraft to enter service on our network.”