The flights to Shiraz, Isfahan and Ahvaz will start on 8, 11 and 14 March respectively, with Hamadan and Tabriz joining the fludubai network on 16 March. Fludubai has 44 Boeing 737-800 in service, with 91 additional Boeing 737 MAX 8 on order. (Al Arabiya, 17 February)
Flydubai is starting its new Iranian destinations days before the 21 March Persian New Year, when thousands of Iranian tourists fly to Dubai to attend new-year celebration concerts, which are banned inside Iran. In the long term, flydubai’s service to seven major destinations in Iran could seriously damage the businesses of Iranian airliners which fly the same routes with much older planes.
Photo credit: flydubai aircraft at Dubai Airport (flydubai/Al-Arabiya)