Dubai carrier flydubai has announced an agreement with Czech Republic-based airline Smartwings to wet lease four Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
The agreement will be in effect from November 17, 2022 until January 16, 2023.
The aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) agreement with Smartwings will see four-leased aircraft support flydubai’s fleet of 68 Boeing 737 aircraft.
It will enable flydubai to add more capacity for its passengers and cater to demand for travel during the winter season.
Flydubai currently operates a single-fleet type of Boeing 737 aircraft that includes 32 Next-Generation Boeing 737-800, 33 Boeing 737 MAX 8 and three Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft.
The all-economy class aircraft will operate on select routes on the flydubai network including Chattogram, Colombo, Dhaka, Karachi, Multan, Muscat and Sialkot.
Flydubai passengers who are booked to travel on a flight operated by Smartwings will be notified prior to their travel date.
“We are pleased to confirm this new wet lease agreement with Smartwings, an IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit) certified company, well-experienced in ACMI agreements. Having previously worked with Smartwings, we are confident that the leasing of four additional aircraft will provide our passengers with more convenient and reliable options for travel during the winter season,” said Ghaith Al Ghaith, chief executive officer at flydubai.
Roman Vik, board member and CEO of Smartwings added: “We are very appreciative to have won the trust of flydubai once again and succeeded in tough competition from other airlines.”