flydubai Orders The Boeing 787

Daniel Fowkes
13 Nov 2023
· Aircraft 
· Airlines 
A flydubai Boeing 787 Dreamliner following an order placed at the 2023 Dubai Airshow

flyDubai has announced a historic deal with Boeing for its first widebody aircraft on Day 1 of the 2023 Dubai Airshow.

A Historic Day For flydubai

History was made at the Dubai Airshow thanks to flydubai’s commitment to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, a first-ever widebody for the airline.

The airline announced a commitment to 30 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, a hugely popular long-haul widebody aircraft for airlines worldwide.

Acquiring the service of the Dreamliner will completely change the landscape of flydubai thanks to its capabilities.

New destinations will now be within reach, and the additional capacity will hugely benefit the company’s operations while relieving potential pressures felt on the 737 series.

A deal today also comes as the fourth aircraft order placed by the company since it was founded in 2008 and builds upon the many successes enjoyed through the business model.

The company also notes its evaluating options on how to power these Boeing 787 Dreamliners with an engine decision to be revealed at a later date.

Understanding flydubai

flydubai is an airline based in the United Arab Emirates. Commencing operations in 2008, the company is hugely important in connecting the Middle East to Africa, Asia and Europe.

During the early stages of the launch, Emirates significantly supported flydubai as the government of Dubai established the company.

Comments From Executives

The 787-9 is perfectly suited for the needs of flydubai as it looks to open up new, longer-range routes and add capacity across its network. flydubai passengers will enjoy the Dreamliner effect, an experience like no other in the air, flying with more comfort and arriving to their destinations feeling more refreshed. We are proud of the confidence that flydubai continues to place in our products with an all-Boeing fleet.  We look forward to further strengthening this partnership and to seeing our 787-9 Dreamliners play a central role in flydubai’s strategic expansion plans.

Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes

In 2008 when we placed our first ever order for 50 Boeing 737 aircraft, we were confident of the vital role flydubai would play in supporting Dubai’s aviation hub. I am proud today to see flydubai evolve further, surpassing labels and challenging the traditional conventions around travel. Today’s order reaffirms flydubai’s commitment to enabling more people to travel across its expanding network. The highly fuel-efficient Boeing 787 Dreamliner will allow flydubai to expand its horizon and cater to the growing demand on existing routes.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of flydubai

The flydubai Fleet

flydubai currently operates a fleet of 82 in-service aircraft, per the latest data from Cirium.

The airline operates only Boeing aircraft spread across the 737 family. This includes the 737-800, 737-8 and 737-9. However, the airline will acquire many more MAX aircraft in the future.

When measured by active units, its most significant fleet type is the 737-8 with 47 in-service. 32 737-800s follow this.

A move to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is huge for the company as it’ll be their first widebody.

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