LONDON – On January 13, it was announced by the Ireland-based aircraft leasing company, Griffin Global Asset Management (Griffin), that they delivered their first of two Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to flydubai.
First Griffin MAXs to flydubai…
In December 2022, flydubai had taken delivery of a total of three Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, of which one of these aircraft has come from the leasing book for the first time with the Irish aircraft leasing company, Griffin Global Asset Management.
The delivery of this Boeing 737 MAX 8 from Griffin was on December 21, whereby the aircraft registered as A6-FKF was ferried to flydubai’s home base at Dubai International Airport (DXB) from Boeing’s factory in Washington, U.S. via Shannon in Ireland over the course of three days, arriving into Dubai just in time for Christmas on December 24.
The second Boeing 737 MAX 8 from Griffin Global Asset Management is due to be delivered to the carrier sometime during the first quarter (Q1) of 2023.
All of these Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft for flydubai is configured with a total of 174 seats, broken down as 12 business class and 162 economy class seats, which is the standard Boeing 737 MAX 8 configuration for the carrier.
With the delivery of these three aircraft into their fleet, flydubai now operates a total of 38 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, alongside the larger Boeing 737 MAX 9 and their 32 Boeing 737-800 Next Generations. This gives flydubai a current fleet total of 73 Boeing 737’s.
flydubai operates their Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft on some of their busiest services supporting their older Boeing 737-800 Next Generation fleet.
Not only this but flydubai uses them on some of their medium-haul services in Europe, such as Bucharest in Romania, Sofia in Romania, Ljubljana in Slovenia, Salzburg in Austria, Prague in the Czech Republic, Belgrade in Serbia, Naples in Italy, Pisa in Italy, Zagreb in Croatia, Tivat in Montenegro, Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Warsaw in Poland.
Commenting on their latest delivery to their newest airline partner on their books, Griffin’s Vice President (VP) of Marketing, Michael Lombardi, has said, “We are honored today to add flydubai to a growing list of airline partners.”
“flydubai has built a leading regional carrier and we are excited to be able to support their continued growth by financing these two Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.”
It is great to see that flydubai has taken yet another set of brand-new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, slowly crawling through their aircraft order backlog with the American manufacturer.
Over the coming years, we’ll slowly see flydubai’s fleet grow to 66 Boeing 737 MAX 8’s, 70 Boeing 737 MAX 9’s, and 50 Boeing 737 MAX 10’s for an eventual total of 186 Boeing 737 MAX family aircraft unless, of course, they place more aircraft orders for the type, which is likely.