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flydubai confirms new wet lease agreement with Smartwings

  • The Dubai-based airline signs an agreement to lease four Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft between 17 October 2023 and 16 April 2024
  • This agreement will enable the carrier to add more capacity across the flydubai network during the busy travel periods

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 07 August 2023: flydubai, the Dubai-based airline, announced today its new agreement with Smartwings, the Czech Republic-based airline, to wet lease four Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft between 17 October 2023 and 16 April 2024.

The Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance and Insurance (ACMI) agreement with Smartwings will see four-leased aircraft support flydubai’s fleet of 79 Boeing 737 aircraft, enabling the carrier to add more capacity for its passengers and cater to demand for travel during busy travel periods.

*flydubai has extended its agreement with Smartwings, the Czech Republic-based airline, to wet lease two additional Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft until 16 April 2024.

Commenting on the agreement, Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer at flydubai, said: “we are pleased to confirm this new wet lease agreement with Smartwings, this marks our third agreement with the carrier since 2019. Smartwings, an IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit) certified company, is well-experienced in ACMI agreements. The leasing of four additional aircraft will enable us to maintain our operational efficiency, add capacity around our network and minimise any potential disruption to our passengers during one of the busiest travel periods of the year.”

flydubai currently operates a single-fleet type of Boeing 737 aircraft that includes 30 Next-Generation Boeing 737-800, 46 Boeing 737 MAX 8 and three Boeing 737 MAX 9.

“We are delighted to have signed our third ACMI wet lease agreement with flydubai. This cooperation, which we greatly value, will allow us to achieve a higher utilisation of our aircraft and provide our qualified employees with more opportunities during the winter season,” says Jiri Juran, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Smartwings. 

The all-Economy Class aircraft will operate on select routes on the flydubai network including Chattogram, Colombo, Dhaka, Karachi and Muscat. ​

flydubai passengers who are booked to travel on a flight operated by Smartwings will be notified prior to their travel date. For further information, passengers can visit

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About Smartwings

Smartwings has been on the airline market for 26 years. Smartwings is the largest Czech airline belonging to Smartwings Group. Smartwings operates scheduled flights, charter flights, private flights of business jet and ACMI leases. Besides scheduled and charter flights, Smartwings also provides a wide range of special flights for renowned international companies, major humanitarian, and sports organizations worldwide. Smartwings Group aircraft fly to more than 200 airports around the world. Smartwings has repeatedly passed the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA). Smartwings Group operates a fleet of 43 airplanes.








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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