Gulf start-up FlyDubai has taken delivery of its first aircraft ahead of beginning services next month. The UAE budget carrier will put the Boeing 737-800 into operation on 1 June.

FlyDubai chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Speed Al-Maktoum says: "For many years the government of Dubai has recognised the need for a low-cost carrier to serve our country."

Four initial destinations have been disclosed for the airline: Amman, Beirut, Damascus and Alexandria.

FlyDubai ordered 50 737-800s in a deal signed at last year's Farnborough air show. The airline, which is among the launch customers for the 737 enhancement package announced by Boeing last month, has the option to trade part of the order up to the larger -900ER variant.

FlyDubai chief executive Ghaith Al Ghaith told Flight International last year that the airline would operate its aircraft in a high-density layout (189 seats) and offer passengers buy-on-board services as well the ability to select seating.

Source: Flight International