Flydubai was established in 2008 by the government of Dubai and it launched its first flights on the 1st of June 2009. Flydubai is the second largest low-cost Emirati airlines after Air Arabia. It is headquartered in Dubai and Dubai International Airport is the main airport for its operations. Emirates Airlines supported the launch of Flydubai in the initial stages.
Flydubai operates 1400 flights per week to more than 85 international destinations in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Africa, and Europe. The fleet of Flydubai consists of different Boeing models. Flydubai workforce has reached more than 3000 employees from 111 different nationalities.
Economy Class on Flydubai features comfort in terms of seat configuration. The seats are relatively large and have enough pitch for stretching feet. The passengers have the chance to pre-book their preferred meals or order them on board. They can have access to inflight AVOD available in return for nominal fees.
Business Class on board of Flydubai features luxury. The seats are larger than Economy Class and are made of fine Italian leather. The seats are adjustable and are equipped with flexible footrest and side power ports. The passengers are given complimentary access to AVOD to enjoy watching world class movies displayed on individual high resolution screens of 12.1 inches. They are also offered menus to select their meals and beverages. On ground services on Business class includes access to the airport waiting-lounges, fast check-in track and priority boarding the airplane.
Presently, Flydubai fleet consists of about 61 airplanes of the latest Boeing 737-800 models with a capacity of up to 189 seats per aircraft which can fly more than 6 hours in a single flight duration.
Flydubai is expected to receive new aircraft of Boeing 737-800 and 737 Max 8, which are fuel-economic and environmentally friendly, to increase the fleet size.
Economy Class passengers: The passengers can pre-pay to check-in one piece of 20 kgs. Also, they can purchase excess baggage weighing up to 30 kgs, 40 kgs providing that each suitcase may weigh 32 kgs or less. On some flights, baggage allowance may be included in the fare of the ticket.
Beside checked baggage, Economy Class passengers are allowed to carry one piece of hand luggage weighing 7 kgs and a laptop bag or one handbag, provided that the total weight of hand luggage shall not exceed 10 kgs.
Business Class Passengers: The passengers are allowed checked baggage up to three pieces of 40kgs and they are allowed hand luggage of two pieces up to 15 kgs.
Passengers traveling with infants are entitled to carry extra hand luggage containing the necessary clothes and baby food provided that the dimensions shall not exceed 25cm*45cm* 56cm.
In most flights, Flydubai offers online check-in where the passengers can print their boarding passes. They are available online 24 hours to 90 minutes before scheduled flight departure time. Destinations to which online check-in is not available, the passengers can check-in by approaching Flydubai counters in the airport, which are open three hours to 60 minutes before scheduled flight departure time. In addition, they can utilize the self-service machines at Dubai International Airport for checking-in.
Flydubai offers a number of additional services depending on the class of the ticket and the duration of the flight, such as:
On March 19th, the government of Dubai decreed the inception of Flydubai as a low - cost carrier.
Flydubai signed an agreement with aircraft manufacturer Boeing to purchase 54 aircraft, of Boeing 737-800 on July 14th.
Flydubai launched its first flight to Beirut on June 1st.
Flydubai announced its plan to purchase 75 new aircraft of Boeing 737 Max 8 and 11 aircraft of Boeing 737-800 models with a total cost US $ 8.8 billion, with the option to purchase 25 other aircraft of Boeing 737 Max 8 during Dubai Airshow.
Flydubai announced a plan to receive more than 100 new aircraft to join its fleet by 2023.