The company founded in 2008 decided to expand its fleet and routes with 30 787-9 Dreaminer widebodies.
The contract was signed at a joint ceremony with Emirates at the Dubai Airshow, a group that has many synergies with flydubai.
“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,” said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of flydubai. “I am proud today to see flydubai evolving further, surpassing labels and challenging the traditional conventions around travel.”
Flydubai operates an airline network that serves Eastern Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and cities in Russia, India and Thailand.
Its fleet is made up of 30 737-800s, 47 737 MAX 8s and three 737 MAX 9s. In addition, the carrier has an order book of 130 737s.
The 787 Dreamliners will be used not only to increase capacity on current routes, but also to establish new global destinations.
The 787-9 variant is the most popular of the Dreamliner series, with a range of 14,010 km (7,565 nautical miles), allowing flyDubai to extend its operations to other parts of Europe, Asia, Oceania and America.
“The 787-9 is perfectly suited for the needs of flydubai as it looks to open up longer-range routes and add capacity across its network,” said Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “flydubai passengers will enjoy the Dreamliner effect, an experience like no other in the air, flying with more comfort and arriving at their destinations feeling more refreshed.”