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New routes, new planes, new inflight entertainment systems; Kipp thinks FlyDubai is one to watch out for in the coming year.

December 27, 2010 3:02 by

Kipp wouldn’t blame the company, however, if it takes a little longer than a year for the system to be offered on a majority of its flights. That’s because FlyDubai ordered no fewer than 50 Next Generation Boeing 737-800s at the Farnborough Airshow back in July 2008. Counting the recent delivery of four of the planes, the airline has to date received 13 aircraft. According to WAM it is set to receive the remaining planes by the end of 2016. That’s an increase on the current fleet of almost 400 percent.

And though 2016 may seem like a long way off, FlyDubai are far from modest about their ambitions. FlyDubai’s chief executive Ghaith al Ghait is quoted in the National as saying, “We show no sign of slowing down, with ambitious growth plans that see us expanding still over the coming months.”

Flydubai’s competitive edge lies in its ability to fly to those nearer cities ignored by larger carriers, apparently, and the carrier has announced five new routes from the UAE in the last two months alone. In the past month FlyDubai has announced plans to start weekly flights to Yerevan in Armenia, Gassim and Abha in Saudi, Sulaimaniyah in Iraq and Ashgabat in Turkmenistan, taking their total routes to 30.

With the delivery of the four new Boeing 737-800s, the launch of the first ever in-flight Lumexis FTTS system, and the introduction of five news routes, you’d forgive Kipp for saying the sky really isn’t the limit for FlyDubai. However, since the editor would never forgive it, we’ll just say this is a company to watch in 2011.

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