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Article from BTNews 9 DECEMBER 2013

flydubai gains 111 new 737s

flydubai has signed a commitment for 100 Boeing 737 MAXs and eleven ‘Next Generation’ 737-800s.  The event is the largest ever order for single-aisle Boeing aeroplanes placed by a Middle Eastern carrier and is valued at US$11.4 billion.

flydubai placed its first order for 50 Next-Generation 737-800s in 2008.  The airline took delivery of its first aeroplane in 2009 and was the first airline in the world to debut the Boeing Sky Interior cabin.  To date, flydubai has taken delivery of 33 Next-Generation 737-800s.

"flydubai is pleased to continue its partnership with Boeing”, said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of flydubai. “We believe that the commitment for up to 111 Boeing 737 aircraft will give flydubai one of the best performing aircraft available in the single-aisle market." 

According to Boeing, development of the 737 MAX is on schedule with the aircraft’s firm configuration achieved earlier this year and first flight on schedule for 2016.  Already a market success, the 737 MAX has accumulated more than 1,600 orders to date and deliveries to customers are set to begin in 2017.  Boeing claims the 737 MAX 8 is expected to be “8% per-seat more fuel efficient than the future competition.”  www.flydubai.com

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