General Civil Aviation Authority Board Chairman and UAE Minister of Economy, Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, stated flyDubai has proved its efficiency in the low cost aviation sector since its launch (dubaichronicle, 23-Nov-2009). Mr Al Mansouri stated the airline will have 12 destinations by the end of 2009 and will receive its sixth aircraft in Dec-2009.
flyDubai establishes premier position in LCC sector: UAE Minister of Economy
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