Flydubai taps banks for $300 mln loan, say sources

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State-owned Flydubai has approached banks for a $300 million syndicated loan, sources familiar with the matter said.

The debt facility is needed for aircraft pre-delivery payments, said the sources, who did not want to be named because the matter is private.

A flydubai spokeswoman said: “We are always looking at ways to further diversify our sources of funding and when we have a new announcement to make, it will be made at the appropriate time.

Airlines mainly pay for aircraft when they take delivery, not when they order them, but have to make down payments as delivery approaches.

Rising fuel prices put pressure on flydubai’s operating costs last year.

In the first half of 2018 the Dubai-owned airline reported net losses of 316.8 million dirhams ($86.26 million) versus a loss of 142.5 million dirhams a year earlier.

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