Skip to Content
flydubai

AAR Extends Reach in Middle East with flydubai PBH Contract

Dubai-based airline selects global aviation services leader to support fleet

AAR (NYSE: AIR), a leading provider of aircraft maintenance and integrated supply chain solutions worldwide, has signed a long-term, multimillion-dollar contract to provide power-by-the-hour (PBH) component inventory management and repair services to Dubai-based flydubai. The agreement represents a significant expansion of AAR’s commercial footprint in the Middle East.

AAR will assume nose-to-tail management of components and repairs for flydubai’s Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 fleet, starting with 53 aircraft and increasing to 60. In November 2013, flydubai announced an order for 75 737 MAX 8s and 11 Next-Generation Boeing 737-800s valued at USD 8.8 billion at list prices in addition to purchase rights for 25 more 737 MAXs. In 2015, flydubai carried more than 9 million passengers across its network of more than 85 destinations, becoming the second largest carrier, by passenger numbers, operating out of Dubai International.

“As flydubai continues on its robust growth trajectory, it must optimize its fleet’s performance while minimizing costs and aircraft-on-ground time,” said Deepak Sharma, President, AAR international supply chain. “Given AAR’s experience helping airlines increase operational efficiencies, flydubai decided we are the right partner for the crucial behind-the-scenes work.”

“Focusing our efforts on supporting customers in the Middle East region has paid off,” said AAR’s Rahul Shah, Senior Vice President, Strategic Growth and Business Development, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa. “We are pleased that flydubai has entrusted AAR to provide long-term component support of its Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 fleet.”

Mick Hill, SVP Engineering and Maintenance at flydubai said: “We continue to invest in technologies and partnerships that strengthen our commitment to maintain the highest levels of efficiency in our operations and cost management systems. We are excited about our component inventory management and repair services agreement with AAR which will help us reduce aircraft-on-ground time and consequently contribute to the bottom line.”

The Dubai-based carrier, operating out of Terminal 2 at Dubai International (DXB) and the newly opened Al Maktoum Airport (DWC), is committed to opening up underserved markets and provides direct links from Dubai to 59 destinations that previously had no or very few links to the UAE.

About flydubai

From its home in Dubai, flydubai has created a network of more than 85 destinations and over the next decade the airline will see its fleet grow by up to 296 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 that represent the scale of the ambition planned for the airline:

  • An expanding network: Created a network of more than 85 destinations in 45 countries across Africa, Central Asia, the Caucasus, Central and South-East Europe, the GCC and the Middle East, and the Indian Subcontinent.
  • Serving underserved markets: Opened up more than 71 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 58 aircraft including Boeing 737 MAX 8 and Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
  • Record-breaking orders: Placed the largest single-aisle aircraft orders in the region at the 2013 and 2017 editions of the Dubai Airshow.
  • Enhancing connectivity: Carried more than 60 million passengers since it began operations in 2009.

For all our latest news, please visit the flydubai Newsroom.

flydubai
Dubai Aviation Corporation, trading as “flydubai”,
Dubai International Airport,
PO Box 353,
Dubai,
UAE

For enquiries relating to your booking, please call the Contact Centre on +971 600 544 445

Close