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The MAX Aircraft Rejoins flydubai’s Fleet

The MAX Aircraft Rejoins flydubai’s Fleet

flydubai’s first passenger flight operated by a Boeing 737 MAX aircraft touched down in Sialkot today

The first five of flydubai’s 14 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft have completed their operational readiness flights and have been approved by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) to return to service. They join other MAX aircraft that returned to service in the fleets of operators in Europe, the UK, North and South America.

Today, flydubai operated its first flight with its Boeing 737 MAX aircraft from Dubai International (DXB) to Sialkot International Airport (SKT).  The flight FZ 327 departed at 06:30 and landed at 10:12.  The four additional Boeing 737 MAX aircraft will operate flights to Karachi, Multan and Tehran during the course of the day.

Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer of flydubai, said: “With the return to service for the Boeing 737 MAX today this marks the end of 22 months of diligent work undertaken by the global community of regulators and the uncompromising efforts of the flydubai team in preserving and returning the aircraft to passenger service.  Now is the time for our MAX aircraft to fly once again.”

The remaining nine MAX aircraft will continue to join the fleet with one aircraft scheduled to rejoin the fleet every 10 days.  The aircraft will supplement and support the existing flight schedule serving flydubai’s network of 76 destinations. 

Hamad Obaidalla, Chief Commercial Officer of flydubai, said: “The primary objective for everyone involved has been to safely return the aircraft to passenger service and we were pleased to see our passengers once again enjoy the exceptional product on our MAX fleet.  They offer unrivalled comfort on a narrow-body aircraft in both our Business and Economy cabins.”

In addition to the enhancements and modifications to the aircraft and its systems, the GCAA has mandated additional pilot training as part of the stringent requirements for the aircraft’s return to service.  233 of flydubai’s pilots have now completed the additional classroom and simulator training and are now ready to fly the MAX aircraft.  The training programme continues as every one of flydubai’s pilots will receive this regulator-approved MAX aircraft training.

For more information about how flydubai is returning its MAX aircraft to service, please go to news.flydubai.com and flydubaiMAX.info.

About flydubai

From its home in Dubai, flydubai has created a network of more than 75 destinations served by a fleet of 50 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 80 destinations in 46 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 more than 70 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 50 Boeing 737 aircraft and includes: 36 Next-Generation Boeing 737-800, 11 Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 3 Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft.
Enhancing connectivity: Carried more than 75 million passengers since it began operations in 2009.

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