flydubai prepares for take off

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The first of flydubai's 50 Boeing 737-800 Next Generation aircraft sits on the tarmac at Dubai airport. The Emirati low-cost carrier will operate its debut flight to Beirut on June 1, followed by Amman the next day, with Damascus and Alexandria, Egypt on its list of destinations. (Getty Images)
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Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al-Maktoum, chairman of Dubai Airports, Emirates Airlines and the new flydubai budget airline, speaks during a ceremony celebrating the arrival of the first of flydubai's 50 Boeing 737-800 Next Generation aircraft in the Gulf emirate. (Getty Images)
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Airline staff pose in front of the first of flydubai's 50 Boeing 737-800 Next Generation aircraft during a ceremony in the Gulf emirate. (Getty Images)
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Low-cost carrier Fly Dubai will start flights to Beirut on June 1, followed by Amman the next day, with Damascus and Alexandria, Egypt on its list of destinations. (Getty Images)
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Media and airlines staff attend a ceremony celebrating the arrival of the first of flydubai's 50 Boeing 737-800 Next Generation aircraft. (Getty Images)
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Press photographers and cameramen cover the arrival of the first of flydubai's 50 Boeing 737-800 Next Generation aircraft. (Getty Images)
Sun 24 May 2009 10:51 AM