Flydubai receives first Boeing 737-800

19 May 2009

Dubai's first low-cost carrier, flydubai has received the first of 50 Boeing 737-800s on order. The airline expects delivery of five more aircraft in 2009, one this month, two in July, one in October and another in December. The carrier expects to add up to 16 new destinations by the end of the year. Gaith Al Gaith, flydubai's CEO, said that the $4bn funding for the 50 aircraft would be from the airline's own resources, in addition to local and international institutions. He added that to date, bookings have exceeded the airline's target capacity of 70%.

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