Flydubai took delivery of its sixth aircraft in a little over six months today, rounding off a remarkable opening period for Dubai’s first low cost airline.
The newest Boeing 737-800NG will begin service with the inaugural Bahrain flight on Sunday, December 13 and will also operate the new Kathmandu route starting on December 15 – flydubai’s tenth and eleventh destinations. flydubai’s next aircraft is due in March 2010.
The aircraft is the sixth one to be delivered on schedule and is part of the historic US$4 billion order for 50 aircraft that flydubai placed with Boeing at the Farnborough Airshow in July last year.
The 737-800NG aircraft comes from a Boeing family that is officially the most commercially successful model designed. There are 1,250 Boeing 737s in the air at any moment in time, with one taking off every 4.6 seconds. Its reliability, safety and fuel efficiency make the aircraft ideal for flydubai, which passes on the savings gained in lower maintenance and fuel costs to its customers.
The flydubai Boeing NG 737-800 has a capacity of 189 economy passengers and can cruise at an altitude of between 35,000 and 41,000 feet.