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flydubai confirms wet lease with Smartwings

DUBAI-based flydubai has finalised an agreement with Smartwings to wet lease four Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft until January 25, 2020.

The Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance and Insurance (ACMI) agreement with Smartwings will see four-leased aircraft supplement the carrier’s fleet of 40 Next-Generation Boeing 737-800s and will add more capacity during the busy seasonal travel period.

Commenting on the agreement, Ghaith Al Ghaith, chief executive officer at flydubai, said: “the continued grounding of our MAX aircraft has had a significant impact on our operations with a 30% reduction of our flying schedule. We are taking every effort to minimise disruption for our passengers and these four additional aircraft will enable more passengers to have more options to travel during the holiday season.”

"Smartwings is delighted by a new business relationship with flydubai which we value very greatly. This kind of cooperation by Wet Lease Agreement is one of way to achieve even higher and more effective use of our aircraft in winter season when there is lower demand for flying in Europe. We believe that this agreement will intensify the cooperation between both carriers also in the future, " says Roman Vik, CEO of Smartwings.

 

Al Ain welcomes Jazeera Airways

ABU DHABI Airports has announced that Al Ain International Airport (AAN) has welcomed Jazeera Airways new services from Kuwait International Airport (KWI) to Al Ain.

The flight was received by Sheikh Saeed bin Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan; Bryan Thompson, chief executive officer of Abu Dhabi Airports, and Marwan Boodai, chairman of Jazeera Airways, in addition to delegates from both sides.

The Airline will operate three weekly flights from Kuwait City departing Kuwait Airport at 12:05 and arrive at Al Ain Airport at 14:40 with the return flight departing Al Ain Airport at 15:25, arriving at Kuwait Airport at 16:05. Jazeera Airways will operate the Airbus A320 and latest A320neo aircraft on the new route, with each aircraft offering to 150 economy seats and 12-business class seat with a total of 162 seats.

The inaugural flight was celebrated with an event at Al Ain Airport on December 13, 2019.

 

Emirates places Airbus order at Dubai Airshow

AIRBUS and Emirates Airline have signed a purchase agreement for 50 A350-900s - Airbus’ newest generation widebody aircraft.

The order was signed at Dubai Airshow 2019 by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum and Guillaume Faury, Airbus chief executive officer.

Sheikh Ahmed said, “Today, we are pleased to sign a firm order for 50 A350 XWBs, powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. This follows a thorough review of various aircraft options and of our own fleet plans. It is Emirates’ long-standing strategy to invest in modern and efficient aircraft, and we are confident in the performance of the A350 XWB.

“Complementing our A380s and 777s, the A350s will give us added operational flexibility in terms of capacity, range and deployment. In effect, we are strengthening our business model to provide efficient and comfortable air transport services to, and through, our Dubai hub.”

 

Emirates signs codeshare with SpiceJet

EMIRATES has signed a codeshare and interline agreement with SpiceJet to give travellers to and from India seamless access to a wider and a stronger route network. This is the first-ever codeshare agreement signed by SpiceJet.

From early 2020, customers travelling to India can take advantage of many more flight options on routes common to both airlines – Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Cochin and Delhi. Emirates' customers can conveniently book and connect seamlessly in Dubai on direct services to Amritsar, Calicut, Mangalore, Madurai, Jaipur and Pune – routes served by SpiceJet.

The codeshare agreement means travellers from across the globe can book a single ticket with attractive fares to any of Emirates' nine points across India and connect onwards to 172 domestic routes that are part of SpiceJet's network.




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