Low-cost airline Flydubai plans business class seats

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The low-cost airline Flydubai is set to offer a business class service starting in October, the company said today.

The Dubai-based carrier currently offers economy seats only, but plans to upgrade its planes to offer business cabins, the airline said.

“The introduction of Business Class will provide greater choice for our passengers,” said Ghaith al-Ghaith, CEO of Flydubai in the statement posted on its website.

The arrival of the first business class aircrafts is expected in August, with the inaugural flight scheduled for October this year, it added.

The upgrade follows the airline’s positive results for the first quarter, with the CEO predicting a year of “significant” growth in the future.

“[The first quarter of 2013] was very good. We are on target to do very significant growth and very significant profit as well [this year],” the Khaleej Times quoted al-Ghaith as saying.

Flydubai currently operates a fleet of 29 Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft but will receive up to six new planes by the end of 2013.

The company is in talks with Boeing and Airbus for another 50 aircraft, Chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al-Maktoum said at a press conference earlier this year.

The Dubai aviation industry is predicted to be worth $45 billion by 2020 and currently contributes 28 percent of Dubai’s GDP, according to a report by UK-based research firm Oxford Economics.

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