Low-cost carrier FlyDubai goes chic with new Business Class cabin


By Jonny Clark, TheDesignAir

FlyDubai, the up and coming short and mid-haul carrier from Dubai, has recently given their competitors a run for their money. From early October on, the low-cost airline will be rolling out Business Class seating across their fleet with 3 rows of 2×2 seating to form the front of their planes.  The new ‘soft Italian leather’ seats, similar in offerings to most American First Class seats, will boast a 12.1 inch high-definition touch-screen TV, in seat power and a seat pitch of 42″, perfect for relaxing and browsing the 900 hours of entertainment options.

This isn’t just about the seat, as the pseudo-low-cost carrier will also offer all the traditional benefits, including priority check in, lounges and full 3-course meals on flights over 90 minutes. They also announced that later this year, passengers will be able to relax in FlyDubai’s Business Class lounge ahead of their flight and will have access to priority baggage collection upon arrival at their destination.

Commenting on the launch of the airline’s Business Class services, Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO of FlyDubai, stated, “We are very pleased to announce the evolution of our passenger offering as we continue to meet the travel needs of our customers. The introduction of Business Class will provide greater choice for our passengers, who will have access to faster check-in services, comfortable and spacious seating and can enjoy a variety of internationally -inspired menus during their journey.”

The airline has just received its first Business Class equipped aircraft and the first route where FlyDubai will deploy its new Business Class will be between Dubai and Kiev on October 8, followed by Male, Istanbul, Mineralyne Vody and Bucharest later this year.

Inflight entertainment
With a network of 65+ destinations FlyDubai is growing and becoming a major low cost carrier in the Middle East flying a fleet on B737-800 planes with their new ‘Sky Interior’.

Whilst most folk feel they need an eye test after a long flight watching movies on a blurry back seat IFE TV screen, all seats on FlyDubai’s aircraft feature Lumexis’ ‘fiber-to-the-seat’ based IFE system which allows high-definition video to be streamed to each on-demand TV screen in the cabin.

FlyDubai was the first airline in the world to offer this IFE quality, and last year bolstered their inflight offering to a whopping 500 hours of movies, TV shows and audio entertainment, including over 160 films – both Hollywood and Bollywood – and over 160 TV shows. For TV expect to pay just AED10 (USD 2.75) and for the full entertainment package including movies, AED35 (USD 9.50) gets you all the Hollywood fix you can want.

Passengers can also use the system to order food and beverages from their seat.


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