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Flydubai mulls options to replace grounded Boeing 737 aircraft

Dubai airline says it is looking at short- to medium-term leasing options to add more capacity for the coming few months

Flydubai mulls options to replace grounded Boeing 737 aircraft

Flydubai, the second biggest customer for Boeing’s grounded 737 Max, is looking for leasing options after the US manufacturer said the plane won’t be cleared to fly until the middle of this year.

“We are looking at short- to medium-term leasing options to add more capacity for the coming few months,” Flydubai said in a statement.

“The discussions with Boeing regarding compensation are ongoing.“

The UAE-based carrier has previously warned its operations will shrink to 2014 levels if the plane doesn’t return to service soon.

In an attempt to add capacity, Flydubai has extended its wet lease agreement for four Boeing 737 aircraft by a month till February 29.

The sister carrier of long-haul Emirates has pulled 14 Max planes when the jetliner was grounded and has a total order of 251 jets.

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