flydubai touches down at Sheremetyevo airport

November 29, Sheremetyevo International Airport welcomed the inaugural flight of flydubai airlines, which will be operating regular flights on the route Moscow-Dubai. flydubai became the first representative of the United Arab Emirates at Sheremetyevo airport. The flights will be operated daily (arriving at 05:25 Moscow time, departure at 06:25 Moscow time) from Terminal E of Sheremetyevo airport. Boeing 737 Next Generation (up to 189 seat capacity) will run on the route. The flight time will be a little more than 5 hours.

Business Class return fares from Sheremetyevo to Dubai start at RUB 69,353 and are inclusive of all taxes and 40kg checked baggage. Economy Class return fares start at RUB 16,100 including 7kg hand baggage.

Passengers traffic shows strong growth at Sheremetyevo-Dubai route during three years period. Sheremetyevo airport has served about 160 ths. passengers from the beginning of the year. This is a 26% increase to the same period last year. Passengers traffic will exceed 200 ths. by year’s end according to forecasts.

flydubai will launch flights to Sheremetyevo airport on the latest aircrafts Boeing 737 MAX 8 from January 1, 2018. Aircraft was recently presented at the Dubai Air Show and before the end of the year flydubai fleet will increase by six models.

The 737 MAX 8 will offer a redefined Business Class experience with more space and privacy, providing a perfect environment to work, catch a movie or have a comfortable rest with a fully flat bed. The economy seat on board MAX aircraft features optimized space and comfort too. Passengers will find on board more spacious luggage shelves, improved sound quality and maximum reliability.

Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer of flydubai said: “We are excited to see our service to Sheremetyevo take off today as flydubai continues to expand its presence in Russia. The demand for travel to Dubai from Russia has seen extraordinary growth this year. We look forward to supporting this growth by offering more convenient and affordable options between Moscow and Dubai for both business and leisure travellers”.

Deputy General Director, Commercial Activities of Sheremetyevo International Airport Denis Pashkovskiy said: “Sheremetyevo airport is pleased to welcome flydubai the new partner from the United Arab Emirates. The company is well known for its high level of service, safety and passenger comfort. Sheremetyevo develops infrastructure, introduces innovative technologies and takes leading positions in international ratings on service quality. Partnering with flydubai will be mutually beneficial and will open new opportunities for passengers and customers”.

Jeyhun Efendi, Senior Vice President, Commercial (UAE, EU, ME, CIS) of flydubai said: “Partnering with Sheremetyevo was a strategic decision as flydubai will be the first UAE airline to offer direct scheduled services from Dubai to the busiest airport in Russia. Next year passengers from Sheremetyevo will be among the first to enjoy our new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, as we are the first airline in our region to take delivery of this newest aircraft type”.

Russian citizens travelling to Dubai benefit from a free Visa-on-Arrival for 30 days, which can be renewed for another 30 days. The regulation became effective earlier this year and prompted a 95% increase in travel from Russia to Dubai in January—September 2017, according to the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM)[1].

flydubai operates over 1,700 flights per week to over 95 destinations in 44 countries, including popular routes among Russian travellers, such as Dubai (UAE), Colombo (Sri Lanka), Kathmandu (Nepal) and Zanzibar (Tanzanzia).

Dubai-based flydubai strives to remove barriers to travel and enhance connectivity between different cultures across its ever-expanding network. Since launching its operations in 2009, flydubai has:

· Created a network of more than 95 destinations in 44 countries, with 6 new routes launched since the beginning of 2017.

· Opened up 67 new routes that did not previously have direct air links to Dubai or were not served by a UAE national carrier from Dubai.

In addition, flydubai’s agility and flexibility as a young airline has enhanced Dubai’s economic development, in line with the Government of Dubai’s vision, by creating trade and tourism flows in previously underserved markets.

Sheremetyevo International Airport is the largest Russian airport in terms of passenger and freight traffic, takeoff and landing operations, the area of the airport facilities and the capacity of the cargo facilities. The Sheremetyevo route network comprises 199 destinations. In 2016, Sheremetyevo set a historic record for passenger traffic, serving 34 million 30 thousand people.

In 2016, Sheremetyevo was ranked first in Europe for the quality of passenger service in the category of airports with a passenger flow of 25-40 million people per year in the ASQ (Airport Service Quality) ACI (Airports Council International) rating.

According to the ACI report in the first half of 2017 Sheremetyevo became the most rapidly-growing airport in Europe in the category of airports with a passenger flow of more than 25 million per year.

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