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CEO of Flydubai offers his industry predictions ahead of the Dubai Airshow

Posted 15 May 2019 · Add Comment

In preparation for the upcoming Dubai Airshow that will take place between November 17-21, organisers of the event, Tarsus F&E LLC Middle East, has released an interview with Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO of flydubai, on his industry predictions.


What are your predictions for the airline industry in the region and flydubai in terms of growth, challenges and opportunities?

The region is well-recognised as one of the most dynamic markets for aviation and is expected to grow by up to five per cent by 2036. It is considered one of the highest forecasted growth rates with passenger numbers expected to rise to half a billion. With growing passenger numbers, we can expect regional carriers to benefit from rising demands for global air travel and the continued importance of the aviation sector in the region. 

The recent volatility in fuel prices coupled with global geo-political developments and its effect on demand for international air travel will likely continue to affect the industry in the near to-medium term. We continue to focus on enhancing the efficiency programmes we put in place last year, such as increasing flight frequencies on existing routes and adding new routes that will support our further growth once they become established. 

Our focus on underserved markets has provided 1.5 billion people with the opportunity for more convenient travel and there remains much opportunity. 

What technologies do you predict will impact flydubai the most in the next five years? 

Our focus has always been on technology that improves the passengers’ experience and the efficiency of the airline. This is reflected in our investment in fuel efficient aircraft and our inflight entertainment system. 

My colleagues at flydubai Cargo have completed a very exciting project in collaboration with several partners. flydubai has become the first airline in the Middle East to complete a proof of concept using blockchain technology in the airfreight industry, providing reliable and convenient airfreight transportation services. 

Why is it important for flydubai to be at the Dubai Airshow? 

The Dubai Airshow is one of the most important events for our industry and for the region. It is always good to catch up with old colleagues and meet new people. 

The Dubai Airshow is also a key part of flydubai’s history. It is where we have announced two of our three aircraft orders, which were made at the 2013 and 2017 editions of the Airshow. 

What do you look for from suppliers at the Dubai Airshow? 

At flydubai, we always look at ways to further enhance our passengers’ experience, and we are always keen to learn about the latest innovations on board. 

What are flydubai’s major priorities that the industry should know about? 

In the year that we celebrate our 10th anniversary, we can be proud that we have changed the way people travel. Our priorities are to grow the airline sustainably, open up previously underserved markets, invest in our fleet and our cabins to offer our passengers the latest innovations on board and a better travel experience.

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