flydubai commenced (18-Aug-2013) sales of business class tickets. The airline plans to provide business class from Dubai to Kiev from 08-Oct-2013 and expand the service to Istanbul, Doha, Erbil and Kuwait in Oct-2013; Bahrain, Baghdad, Beirut, Dammam and Riyadh in Nov-2013; Jeddah in Dec-2013; and Bishkek, Bucharest, Donetsk, Dushanbe, Kabul, Krasnodar, Juba, Malé, Mineralny Vody, Rostov on Don, Kazan, Kharkiv, Skopje, Ufa and Yekaterinburg by the end of 2013. The carrier received its first Boeing 737-800 configured with two classes in early Aug-2013. flydubai CEO Ghaith Al Ghaith said, "Our business class option, along with the variety of destinations we now fly to, gives our customers yet another reason to choose flydubai. This moment also signifies the growth of our fleet and with the arrival of our new business class aircraft, we plan to add more business class destinations to our network by the end of the year." [more - original PR]
flydubai commences sales of business class tickets for services from Oct-2013
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