Flydubai has taken delivery of its first B737 Max 8 aircraft, becoming the first Middle Eastern carrier to operate the next-generation Boeing aircraft.
The Gulf airline has a total of 76 B737 Max aircraft on order, which will expand the carrier’s existing all-Boeing fleet of 58 B737-800s.
Commenting on the delivery Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO of Flydubai said:
“We are delighted to receive our first Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft from our order made at the Dubai Airshow in 2013.
“This marked the largest single-aisle Boeing aircraft order placed in the Middle East. With this new chapter, we are looking forward to continuing our work with Boeing as we benefit from increased efficiency and are able to offer an enhanced customer experience.”
The B737 Max is the fastest selling aircraft in Boeing history, with more than 3,800 orders from nearly 90 customers to date.
Flydubai recently announced plans for an extensive partnership with fellow Dubai-based carrier Emirates, which will see the airlines introducing “an expansive codeshare agreement”, as well as aligning their schedules and frequent flyer programmes.