Flydubai to lease aircraft to fill gap left by grounded Boeing 737s
Dubai-based Flydubai announced that it has finalised an agreement with Smartwings to wet lease four Boeing 737-800 aircraft between December 14 and January 25, 2020.
The aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) agreement with Smartwings will see four-leased aircraft supplement the carrier’s fleet of 40 737-800s and will add more capacity during the busy seasonal travel period.
Flydubai said its decision to wet lease the four aircraft from the Czech Republic-based airline is due to the continued grounding of its 14 Boeing 737 MAX since March.
Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO at flydubai, said: “The continued grounding of our MAX aircraft has had a significant impact on our operations with a 30 percent 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," said Roman Vik, CEO of Smartwings.
The all-Economy Class leased aircraft will operate on select routes on the Flydubai network including: Bahrain, Colombo, Faisalabad, Karachi, Kuwait, Muscat, Multan, Prague and Sialkot.
Flydubai said it continues to review its plans, exploring all options to minimise disruption to its passengers with the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft and these aircraft will not rejoin the operating schedule until it has received regulatory approval by the GCAA.