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Boeing inks single-aisle deal with flydubai

US airframer Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Middle Eastern carrier flydubai jointly announced a commitment for up to 100 737 MAX 8 airplanes and 11 Next-Generation 737-800s on the opening day of the Dubai Airshow.

The commitment from the airline of the emirate of Dubai, valued at USD 11.4bn at list prices (including orders and purchase rights), is the largest ever Boeing single-aisle airplane purchase in the Middle East.

Boeing said that the investment continues flydubai´s legacy operating an all-Boeing 737 fleet.

The 737 MAX will build on the Next-Generation 737´s popularity while delivering customers greater fuel efficiency, Boeing said.

Boeing expects that the 737 MAX 8 will be 8% per-seat more fuel efficient than the future competition.

Development of the 737 MAX is on schedule with firm configuration of the airplane achieved in July 2013. First flight is scheduled in 2016 with deliveries to customers beginning in 2017, the airframer said.

The 737 MAX has accumulated more than 1,600 orders to date.

Flydubai placed its first order for 50 Next-Generation 737-800s in 2008. The airline took delivery of its first airplane in 2009 and was the first airline in the world to debut the Boeing Sky Interior, an enhanced onboard experience. To date, flydubai has taken delivery of 33 Next-Generation 737-800s.

In the past two years, flydubai has more than doubled the number of destinations it flies to and has around 1,200 weekly flights. flydubai carried 5.1 m passengers in 2012 and has become the second largest carrier, by passenger numbers, operating out of Dubai International.

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