Boeing and flydubai signed a historic deal for 225 737 MAX jets amounting at $27 billion at current list prices at the Dubai Airshow on November 15. This is the largest ever single-aisle jet order signed with a Middle East carrier both in terms of number of aircraft and value.
The agreement includes a commitment for 175 MAX airplanes, and purchase rights for 50 additional MAXs. 50 of the first planes will be 737 MAX10s, while the rest will be MAX 8s and MAX 9s. This gives flydubai a diverse range of planes offering passenger comfort and low operating costs.
The previous record deal signed between the carrier and the manufacturer was for 75 MAXs and 11 Next-Generation 737-800s, concluded again at the Dubai Airshow back in 2013.
“We welcome the continuation of our long partnership with Boeing. Their airplanes have provided a foundation for the success of our business model, providing us with the operational flexibility and range to build a network of 95 destinations in 44 countries,” said flydubai Chairman His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum. “Understanding the demand for travel across our network, our innovative approach to our cabin design and developing a product unique to our market has allowed us to exceed our passengers’ expectations in their flying experience.”
“We are extremely honored that flydubai has selected to be an all-Boeing operator for many years to come. This record-breaking agreement builds on our strong partnership with flydubai and the other leading carriers of this region,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President & CEO Kevin McAllister. “With flydubai’s proven business model and ambitious growth plans, we look forward to hundreds of flydubai 737 MAXs connecting Dubai with the rest of the world.”