- Largest single-aisle jet order in Middle East history pushes total MAX orders above 4,200
- Airline to fly several models of 737 MAX family to suit its network and growth plans
Dubai, UAE,— Boeing [NYSE: BA] and flydubai finalized the purchase of 175 737 MAX airplanes in the largest single-aisle jet order in Middle East history. The deal – which includes options for an additional 50 jets – is valued at up to $27 billion at current list prices.
flydubai, an all-Boeing operator, first ordered the 737 MAX in 2013 with a purchase of 75 of those jets. The carrier has taken delivery of five of those airplanes this year.
“We are excited to finalize this landmark agreement with our partners at flydubai and we thank them for placing their trust in the 737 MAX family,” said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president, Global Sales & Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “As one of the first operators of the 737 MAX 8, their order for more models is a vote of confidence in the MAX family’s exceptional fuel efficiency, reliability and flexibility. We look forward to hundreds of MAX airplanes supporting flydubai’s continued success.”
The 737 MAX has racked up 640 net orders this year and more than 4,200 orders since the program launched, making the MAX the best-selling airplane in Boeing history.
The MAX family of airplanes offers seating for 130 to more than 200 passengers with a range of 3,200 to 3,800 nautical miles. All of the jets use the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market.
Dubai-based flydubai strives to remove barriers to travel and enhance connectivity between different cultures across its ever-expanding network. Since launching its operations in 2009, flydubai:
- Created a network of more than 95 destinations in 44 countries.
- Opened up 67 new routes that did not previously have direct air links to Dubai or were not served by a UAE national carrier from Dubai.
- Operates a single fleet type of 61 Next-Generation Boeing aircraft
In addition, flydubai’s agility and flexibility as a young airline has enhanced Dubai’s economic development, in line with the Government of Dubai’s vision, by creating trade and tourism flows in previously underserved markets.