|New LCC flydubai launched its first two routes this week – to Amman (pictured) and Beirut. Both destinations are served daily using 737-800s.|
Last July flydubai, the new low-cost carrier formed by the government of Dubai with the assistance of Emirates, announced an order for 54 189-seat 737-800s. Now, almost a year later, the new airline finally takes off with its first two routes from Dubai to Amman and Beirut. Although the airline is not part of the Emirates group, some of the key management staff are from the airline and three of the four routes announced so far compete directly with Emirates.
|Destination||WF||Start date||Competition (WF)|
|Beirut (BEY)||7||1 Jun 09||Emirates (19), Malaysia AL (3), Middle East AL (14), Oman Air (4)|
|Amman (AMM)||7||2 Jun 09||Emirates (12), Royal Jordanian (18)|
|Damascus (DAM)||7||8 Jun 09||Emirates (11), Syrian Arab AL (4)|
|Alexandria (ALY)||7||9 Jun 09||Alexandria AL (2), Egyptair (4)|
|Source: flydubai and OAG Max for w/c 1 June 2009
WF: Weekly frequency
Fleet of four aircraft needed by 20 July
Based on analysis of the airline’s published flight schedules the first two routes are each flown by a separate aircraft. When the Alexandria and Damascus routes start next week these will operate in the evening and into the early hours of the following morning.
|Aircraft #||Rotation 1||Rotation 2|
|Aircraft 1||10:30 – 18:10 BEY||19:10 – 02:25 DAM (from 8 Jun to 5 Jul)|
|Aircraft 2||10:25 – 17:45 AMM||19:45 – 03:25 ALY (from 9 Jun to 19 Jul)|
|Source: flydubai booking tool|
From 6 July the Damascus flight is brought forward to depart Dubai at 16:40 and arrive back at 23:55, which will require a third aircraft. From 20 July the Alexandria service is brought forward and will depart Dubai at 11:10 and arrive back in Dubai at 19:50. This will require a fourth aircraft.
The airline states on its website that its network will expand to include other cities in the Middle East, GCC, India and eventually Eastern Europe, North and East Africa and even Iran.