flydubai, Dubai's innovative low-cost airline, has inaugurated services to its latest destination - Malé, the capital of the Maldives, the company's press release says on Wednesday.
"Launching flights to Malé is a great start to the year as we introduce our affordable fares and innovative onboard services to a new market. I am confident that the Maldives will prove attractive to passengers from across our network, particularly those in the GCC and CIS regions who can transit easily through Dubai's aviation hub," flydubai's CEO, Ghaith Al Ghaith, said.
Furthering its commitment to enhancing passenger experience, flydubai has become the first airline to offer daily updated digital newspapers through its In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) system. The eReader platform provides access to 45 newspapers in seven languages from across the globe in pdf format.
Meanwhile, joining flydubai in the Maldives were representatives from Boeing, who delivered the airline's latest 737-800 aircraft in December 2012.
flydubai now flies five times a week to the Maldives, a nation consisting of twenty-six atolls and 1,190 coral islands. The country is particularly popular with tourists from Russia, CIS and the GCC, who are attracted by the lush white sandy beaches, serene turquoise lagoons and richly colourful coral reefs that are renowned the world over for their bio-diversity and radiant flora and fauna.
flydubai's network now spans more than 50 destinations in 32 countries across the Middle East, Africa, Indian Subcontinent, Asia, the CIS and Central & Eastern Europe.
Return fares from Dubai to Malé start at USD 470.
Established in March 2008, flydubai is Dubai's first low-cost airline and the fastest growing start-up airline in the world. Since commencing operations in June 2009, the airline has established an operational route network of more than 50 destinations across the Middle East, Africa, Indian Subcontinent, Asia and Central & Eastern Europe and has built up fleet of 28 aircraft. Owned by the Government of Dubai, the low-cost carrier supports the city's commercial and tourism sectors by serving all travellers and providing them with affordable air links to a range of destinations.