Thirteen – lucky for flydubai

Dubai, UAE, December 13, UAE /PRNewswire/ — flydubai, Dubai's first low cost airline, proved that 13 was a lucky number for the airline, as it expanded its fleet to a total of 13 aircraft by taking delivery of a quartet of new Boeing 737-800 NG's in a number of weeks.

flydubai CEO, Ghaith Al Ghaith, said: "We are thrilled to welcome these four new aircraft into our fleet. These new additions show flydubai's continued growth, with 13 planes now servicing 28 routes in just 18 months. These numbers show phenomenal growth and we show no sign of slowing down, with ambitious growth plans that see us expanding still over the coming months.

"Our four new aircraft are at the cutting edge of air travel and we are certain our customers will enjoy the added comforts that these new planes have to offer."

The four new aircraft additions come complete with flydubai's revolutionary ‘Fiber To The Screen' (FTTS™) In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) system from Lumexis. This fibre optic based system is lighter and thinner than previous models, enabling it to fit comfortably into the airline's special Recaro seats. This reduction in weight allows flydubai to offer their customers the best in-flight entertainment on the market, while significantly reducing the associated costs, meaning flydubai can keep its ticket prices low.

In line with flydubai's culture of only charging travellers for the services they use, the new IFE will be available as an optional extra in the way that baggage and meals are. Passengers travelling on these new flydubai aircraft, will have the ability to choose what they want to watch depending on their preference and how much they want to spend.

In addition to state-of-the-art entertainment system, the new planes are also among the first to be fitted with the new Boeing Sky Interior. The spacious new interior aims to improve passenger comfort onboard the new flydubai planes, and has subtle mood lighting to simulate night time, day time and sunrise/sunset, as well as redesigned overhead bins to give more cabin space and increased storage.

About flydubai:

flydubai, Dubai's first low cost airline, was established by the Government of Dubai in March 2008 and began commercial flights on June 1st, 2009. flydubai aims to make travel a little less complex, a little less stressful and a little less expensive, and thereby increase the number of people travelling to and from the UAE.

flydubai currently has a fleet of 13 brand new Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft and operates to 28 destinations: Beirut-Lebanon, Amman-Jordan, Damascus, Aleppo and Latakia-Syria, Alexandria, Luxor and Assiut-Egypt, Djibouti, Doha-Qatar, Baku-Azerbaijan, Khartoum-Sudan, Bahrain, Kathmandu-Nepal, Muscat-Oman, Kabul-Afghanistan, Kuwait, Lucknow-India, Istanbul-Turkey, Karachi-Pakistan, Colombo-Sri Lanka, Erbil-Iraq, Yekaterinburg and Samara-Russia, Sulaimaniyah-Iraq, Yerevan-Armenia, Abha-KSA and Ashgabat-Turkmenistan. Flights to Yanbu-KSA begin in January 2011.

Bookings can be made on www.flydubai.com, through the call centre (+9714 3010800) and with travel partners.

For further information, please contact: Anne Howard or Andrew Kennedy at the flydubai press office at Polaris PR. Telephone: (+9714) 341 5555. Anne Howard mobile: (+971) 50 281 5872. Andrew Kennedy mobile: (+971) 50 9659104. E-mail: a.howard@polaris-me.com or a.kennedy@polaris-me.com

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Heather Astbury, PR Manager for flydubai at mobile: (+971) 50 9508420 or email: heather.astbury@flydubai.com