From the beginning, flydubai has been dedicated to making travel simpler, more relaxing and more affordable.
How it all started
The company was officially set up in March 2008 by the Government of Dubai, forming the city’s first low-cost airline.
In June that year, flydubai announced its arrival by placing an order for 50 Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft at the Farnborough Airshow.
That marked the start of a year’s planning and hard work to get flydubai off the ground.
The first commercial flight
In May 2009, the first aircraft arrived and on 1 June made its inaugural commercial flight to Beirut.
By the end of that first month flydubai was also flying to Amman, Damascus and Alexandria and after just 3 months, flydubai had already flown 100,000 passengers.
As more aircraft were delivered, flydubai increased the number of routes, flying daily to cities across the GCC, Middle East, North Africa, Indian Subcontinent, Asia and Central & Eastern Europe.
As 2009 ended, flydubai had already added another 7 routes and by July 2010, with even more routes on our map, we carried our one millionth passenger.
10 years after its inaugural commercial flight, flydubai is now making more than 1,400 flights a week with over 500 pilots and 1,000 cabin crew taking thousands of passengers to destinations throughout the region.
From the very beginning flydubai has stuck to its core philosophy and we continue to strive to make air travel more affordable.
The government of Dubai established the airline. Although flydubai is not part of The Emirates Group, Emirates supported flydubai during the initial establishing phase. On 14 July 2008 flydubai signed a firm order with American aircraft manufacturer Boeing at the Farnborough Air Show for 50 Boeing 737-800s with a total value of US$3.74 billion, with the option to change the order to the larger and longer range Boeing 737-900ER, according to the airline’s demand.
The first of these aircraft was delivered on 17 May 2009. Scheduled flights commenced on 1 June, with services to Beirut, Lebanon, and Amman, Jordan. Since then, the route network has been significantly expanded.
On 13 February 2013, flydubai announced that it was in talks with Boeing and Airbus for a 50-aircraft order. On 19 June 2013, the airline announced that it would be adding Business Class service to its flights. The Business class cabin would feature 12 seats between aisle and window, three-course meals, 12-inch televisions, a business class lounge, Italian leather seats to its offering in a bid to cater to business travellers in the emirate, access to more than 200 films, and power outlets suitable for plugs from over 170 countries.