Brand new 737-8 MAX A6-FMQ on the way to join FlyDubai

Flydubai has taken delivery of a new Boeing 737-8 MAX aircraft from SMBC Aviation Capital.
SMBC Aviation Capital has confirmed the delivery of a Boeing 737-8 MAX MSN 60992 to Flydubai. Two CFM LEAP 1B28 engines power the aircraft.

A6-FMQ arriving Shannon Photo by Malcolm Nason

About the Aircraft

Boeing 737-8 MAX registration A6-FMQ is the first of seven aircraft to be delivered. A6-FMQ left Seattle at 18:48 on July 15, 2021, and arrived in Shannon at 12:05. The aircraft, flight FZ9741, is scheduled to arrive in Dubai this evening after flying over the Atlantic, Europe, and Africa.

Pic from FlightRadar24

The aircraft is the first of seven (7) Boeing 737-8 MAX aircraft that flydubai will receive. The remaining aircraft will be delivered in the coming months.

Boeing and SMBC Aviation Capital agreement

Boeing and SMBC Aviation Capital announced on May 25, 2021, that SMBC Aviation is expanding its 737 MAX fleet by purchasing 14 more 737-8 aircraft. The latest purchase comes as airlines gear up for a solid comeback to air travel and update their narrowbody fleets to cut fuel consumption and carbon emissions.

Flydubai 737-8 MSN 60992 A6-FMQ Photo by: Woodys Aeroimages

About SMBC aviation

SMBC Aviation Capital is a global leader in aircraft leasing, serving 85 airlines in 36 countries. The company owns and operates 496 airplanes as of March 31, 2021. The business was founded in 2001 and was purchased in 2012 by a consortium led by two of Japan’s largest corporations, SMFG and Sumitomo Corporation.

FlyDubai cancels the 65 Boeing 737 MAX order

FlyDubai has announced a cancels 65 Boeing 737 MAX orders purchased from Boeing. The carrier has already received delivery of 16 of the 251 MAX aircraft. According to the airline’s statement, the evaluation would take place “in light of the airline’s goal of rebuilding the travel sector in the aftermath of the COVID-19 epidemic and the changing dynamics of the airline’s route structure.” Since beginning operations in June 2009, the airline’s fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft has expanded to moreover than 50, and it was servicing over 90 destinations before the pandemic.

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