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A Week of Awards: flydubai Recognised at the CEO Middle East Awards and the APEX Awards

  • On behalf of the efforts and hard work of the flydubai team, Ghaith Al Ghaith, received the ‘Aviation CEO of the Year’ award
  • flydubai recognised for ‘Best Cabin Innovation’ and ‘Best Passenger Comfort Innovation’

Dubai-based airline flydubai was recognised in the ‘Aviation CEO of the Year’ category at this year’s CEO Middle East Awards. The award was collected by Ghaith Al Ghaith, the airline’s CEO. Launched in 2006, the CEO Middle East Awards are judged by an editorial panel and recognise the most successful and innovative CEOs in the Middle East.

This week, flydubai was also recognised for ‘Best Cabin Innovation’ and ‘Best Passenger Comfort Innovation’ held at the APEX Awards in Boston, USA. These awards highlight the new innovative Boeing 737 MAX 8 cabin interior which features a full flat-bed in Business Class and our economy seat is designed to optimise space and comfort for our passengers. 

Commenting on the achievements, Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer at flydubai, said: “The flydubai team is pleased to receive these awards as they showcase our hard work towards continuously innovating and enhancing our passengers’ travel experience. Since beginning operations in 2009, we have continued to open opportunities for travel and have firmly established flydubai as an intrinsic part of the aviation industry in the UAE.”

Seven Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft have joined the flydubai fleet with seven more aircraft due to be delivered by the end of the year. The new aircraft will enhance flydubai’s operational performance while offering passengers an exceptional travel experience. The new aircraft offers the latest in terms of cabin innovation and is an important milestone for the airline and is a reflection of our ambition to continually evolve and exceed the expectations of our passengers.

With the recent launch of flights to destinations including Catania, Krakow and Thessaloniki and with flights to Helsinki due to start in October, flydubai’s comprehensive network has grown to over 90 destinations in 48 countries.

About flydubai

From its home in Dubai, flydubai has created a network of more than 125 destinations served by a fleet of 86 aircraft. Since commencing operations in June 2009, flydubai has been committed to removing barriers to travel, creating free flows of trade and tourism and enhancing connectivity between different cultures across its ever-expanding network.

flydubai has marked its journey with a number of milestones:

An expanding network: Created a network of more than 125 destinations in 58 countries across Africa, Central Asia, the Caucasus, Central and South-East Europe, the GCC and the Middle East, the Indian Subcontinent, and South-East Asia.

Serving underserved markets: Opened more than 90 new routes that did not previously have direct air links to Dubai or were not served by a UAE national carrier from Dubai.

An efficient single fleet-type: Operates a single fleet-type of 86 Boeing 737 aircraft and includes: 29 Next-Generation Boeing 737-800, 54 Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 03 Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft.

Enhancing connectivity: Carried more than 100 million passengers since it began operations in 2009.


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