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.
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Flydubai first to operate 737 with new Sky Interior and fiber optic-based IFE system

Dubai-based low-cost carrier flydubai on October 27 became the first airline to take delivery of the Boeing 737-800 Next-Generation (737-800NG) aircraft with the new ‘Sky Interior’ installed. Derived largely from the cabin design innovations on Boeing’s forthcoming 787 Dreamliner, the new 737 Sky Interior (the name comes from the signature blue-sky lighting) aims to give passengers a greater sense of space in the cabin.

Larger bins, redesigned windows and control panels, mood lighting
The new weight-neutral cabin interior has more headroom around the aisle seats thanks to redesigned lugagge bins which, although larger, take up less space and less effort to close, thanks to a new pivot mechanism. Other design features are 787-style sculpted sidewalls that integrate the air vent, reducing overall cabin noise. Redesigned inner windows have increased the viewable area, while the actual size of the window itself has remained the same. The Sky Interior also includes a more intuitive placement of switches and call buttons and improved sound quality and clarity through new speakers in each passenger row.

Another feature of the 737NG cabin is mood lighting, which provides different lighting schemes (video here) ranging from a welcoming soft blue overhead sky simulation to a calm relaxing pallet of sunset colors. The LED-based mood lighting can be controlled via a new flight attendant panel. Read full article »