Flydubai orders 225 Boeing 737 Max aircraft

Boeing says it has secured an order from Gulf airline flydubai for 225 medium-haul 737 MAX aircraft with a list price of $27 billion hailing it as the

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The deal steals some of the thunder of Boeing's rival Airbus, which just announced the largest order by volume in its history at the Dubai Airshow.

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.

The agreement with flydubai consists of a commitment for 175 MAX aircraft, and purchase rights for 50 additional MAXs.

More than 50 of the first 175 aircraft to be delivered will be 737 Max 10s, says Boeing.

The 737 MAX family offers the greatest flexibility, reliability and efficiency in the single-aisle market, with eight per cent lower operating costs than its main competitor.

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After today's announcement it has a total of 320 aircraft on order.

Flydubai Chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al-Maktoum said the new order will "strengthen trade and tourism links across its network" and boost the connectivity of Dubai as an aviation hub. "Understanding the demand for travel across our network, our innovative approach to our cabin design and developing a product unique to our market has allowed us to exceed our passengers' expectations in their flying experience".

"Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and chief executive Kevin McAllister added". "With flydubai's proven business model and ambitious growth plans, we look forward to hundreds of flydubai 737 MAXs connecting Dubai with the rest of the world".

The order marks a significant expansion of Flydubai's fleet, which now consists of 61 Boeing 737-800 and 737 Max 8 aircraft.

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