DUBAI: Flydubai commits to 175 737 Max aircraft

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Boeing has announced today a $27bn (£20.5bn) deal with low-priced carrier FlyDubai for up to 225 airplanes, which it says marks the biggest single-aisle jet purchase by an airline in the Middle East. It placed its first order for 50 Next-Generation 737-800s in 2008.

The aircraft will start being delivered from 2020, Boeing Commercial Airplanes sales chief Ihssane Mounir said at a news conference. "In under a decade, flydubai has extended its network to 97 destinations in 44 countries and we look forward to the arrival of the new aircraft from 2019 in support of our future ambitions".

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The European manufacturer boasts orders for more than 5,500 aircraft since it launched the A320neo in 2010.

The announcement, made at the Dubai Air Show, came just hours after rival Airbus said it had secured the biggest-ever order in its history to supply 430 medium-haul A320s to U.S. investment firm Indigo Partners at a catalogue price of $49.5 billion (42 billion euros). "We ordered this aircraft model as it has given us the versatility and flexibility to carry 44 million passengers since our first flight".

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"We are extremely honored that flydubai has selected to be an all-Boeing operator for many years to come".

"Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and chief executive Kevin McAllister added".

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"We have had success with the 737 family in the past and are confident the 737 MAX will continue to help grow our business". To date, flydubai has taken delivery of 63 737-800s and three 737 MAX 8 airplanes.

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