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Dubai Online For Tourist Boost Thanks to New Low-cost Airline

Aug 8, 2008
The name of the newest edition to the low-cost airline for Dubai is called FlyDubai, and there are plans to provide no frills cheap flights to and from Dubai.

The aim is to have the first flights launched by mid 2009. This new company has recently placed an order for "54 Next-Generation 737-800 aircraft from Boeing at the Farnborough Air Show in England, valued at $4 billion US. At the same time, Dubai International Airport reports record traffic for the first half of 2008 with 18.46 million passengers."

According to our sources, "This order (by FlyDubai) is valued at approximated $4bn at today's list prices and marks the biggest single order by a Gulf-based low cost carrier for the Boeing aircraft. The 737-800 is a single aisle aircraft configured with 189 Economy Class seats. It has a flying range of 4.5 hours, which will give FlyDubai access to an estimated 2 billion potential customers."

As was mentioned by Jim McNerney, (Boeing Chairman, President and CEO) "Our relationship with the UAE is something we truly value and have worked to strengthen over time. Today's order is the result of a thorough analysis of the contributions the Next-Generation 737 can make to FlyDubai's innovative business model. We foresee the unmatched efficiency and operability of this incredible airplane bringing the same success to our partners in Dubai as it does to so many of the world's most successful low-cost carriers."

FlyDubai was officially formed by the Dubai Government in March 2008, and is set to offer customers flexible travel options that remain simple, effective and of course good value for money.

While Abu Dhabi continues to compete with its neighbor Dubai, as a destination for international property investors and business people, the recently announced plans for a new executive airport for Al Bateen military airbase (only 10 kilometers from downtown Abu Dhabi) by the Abu Dhabi Airports Company, is sure to aid the plight of this emirate country.

As was reflected in the media: "ADAC is planning to invest more than $50 million US in new and upgraded facilities at the airport to make it attractive to those who want to do business in the Emirate."

The Chairman and Managing Director of ADAC, said the following: "The corporate jet market is an important element of Abu Dhabi's air transport strategy. By creating the a dedicated executive jet airport, we are taking an important step forward in regional leadership of this sector and in reinforcing the credentials of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi as the region's premier venue for aviation and aerospace industry to flourish."

With a 3,200 meter runway, which can accommodate a range of aircraft types and sizes, from smaller corporate jets up to Boeing Business Jets (BBJs) or Boeing 737-800s, the Aircraft can park at one of more than 30 stands and accordingly passengers can have access through three passenger terminals.

ADAC's initial investment is to ensure upgrades to the airfield infrastructure be implemented, including runway surfacing, lighting and electrical power, as well as ensuring fully operational equipment, as well as enhancing terminal facilities. Over the longer term, the company will then support the development of a corporate jet maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) center at the airport. Truly positive news for all involved, as job creation is imminent.

As we can see by the state of the nation in Dubai, the government as well as all the investors continually pouring into the UAE, one can safely assume the current mode of positivity is well sanctioned and Dubai is by far still capitalizing on the growth surge, also reflective in the ever emerging economy and steadily growing confidence in this particular emirate.
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