flydubai Eyes Australia Flights With Boeing 787

Daniel Fowkes
15 May 2024
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A flydubai Boeing 787 Dreamliner over Dubai - Photo: flydubai

flydubai is set to enter a new era with the arrival of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

On the sidelines of the Arabian Travel Market, which commenced on May 6 and concluded three days later on May 9, the Dubai-based company shared significant updates regarding its long-term future.

A Boeing 787 Order

flydubai announced a landmark order for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner at the 2023 edition of the Dubai Airshow. The deal at a list price valued in the billions also represented the first widebody order for the airline.

While this was flydubai’s first widebody order, it was only the fourth place by the airline since it was founded in 2008. Once delivered, the aircraft will represent a significant shift in strategy for the company.

Currently, the fleet only consists of Boeing 737 jets. As a result, the airline will stick with Boeing but significantly shift its strategy by adding high-capacity aircraft.

A flydubai Boeing 787 Dreamliner over Dubai – Photo: flydubai

The deal includes 30 units for the middle ground and incredibly popular 787-9. At the time of the purchase, the airline said innovation was at the heart of flydubai and that their commitment to offering the best product couldn’t be more present. The 787, once delivered, will allow the company to do that.

What’s Next for flydubai?

As flydubai inches closer to delivery of the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner, it begins to consider where it’ll deploy the widebody, which will be an important move for its long-term growth.

According to The Flight Club, airline executives at the Arabian Travel Market commented that new locations would be within reach thanks to the 787.

The airline says its primary goal with the Dreamliner will be to reach unreachable markets with its fleet. The airline targets locations such as London and Bangkok as part of this commitment.

However, the airline has a strong appetite to begin scheduled services to Australia with the Dreamliner. The range will mean that many new markets will be within reach, and as more units arrive, more cities can be added to the network.

flydubai, however, may very well welcome becoming the next airline to be impacted by ongoing delivery delays. The CEO confirmed to The Flight Club that the 2026 timeframe for the first delivery might not be met. As a result, the company cannot reveal firm route plans as it attempts to navigate the turbulence caused by Boeing’s inability to ship aircraft on time.

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