Dubai-based low-cost airline FlyDubai announced a $11.4bn commitment to order Boeing 737 aircraft at the Dubai Airshow.
The potential order is for up to 111 aircraft, including 100 Boeing 737 Max and up to 11 Next Generation Boeing 737-800s. The order is the largest single-aisle Boeing aircraft commitment made in the Middle East.
FlyDubai was launched in 2008 and has a current fleet of 33 Boeing 737-800 aircraft and the remaining aircraft from its 2008 order are all due to be delivered by the end of 2015.
The Next-Generation Boeing 737-800s will be delivered between 2016 and 2017. The Boeing 737-MAX will be delivered in the second half of 2017 with final deliveries due in 2023.
Qatar Airways is also set to order 50 Boeing 777-9Xs having signed a letter of intent for the acquisition. It is the airlines first order for this type of aircraft. The deal is said to be valued at $19bn.
The announcement follows earlier news that the Doha-based airline would also acquire 13 new freighter aircraft.