Boeing and Flydubai have struck a deal worth $27 billion, representing the largest-ever single-aisle jet order from a Middle East airline.
Flydubai has committed to order an additional 175 Boeing 737 Max aircraft, with purchase rights for 50 more of the type. When finalized, the purchase promises to sustain tens of thousands of direct and indirect jobs in Boeing's USA factories and network of suppliers, according to Boeing.
The Flydubai order comes after Airbus (AIR.FR) had earlier on Wednesday-also at the Dubai Airshow-secured a mammoth $49.5 billion order of 430 jets with airlines linked to Indigo Partners.
"Our customers rely on fuel-efficiency, reliability and low operating costs to be successful and the 737 MAX aircraft will meet the needs of our customers, and support ALAFCO's future growth", said Adel Albanwan, deputy chief executive officer, ALAFCO.
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman, flydubai, commented on the aircraft order and said: "Today's aircraft order underlines the success of flydubai's founding vision helping to strengthen trade and tourism links across its network and has contributed to the enhanced connectivity of Dubai's aviation hub".
The European manufacturer boasts orders for more than 5,500 aircraft since it launched the A320neo in 2010. "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".
The order marks a significant expansion of Flydubai's fleet, which now consists of 61 Boeing 737-800 and 737 Max 8 aircraft. To date, it has taken delivery of 63 737-800s and three 737 MAX 8 aircraft.