Review of FlyDubai flight Prague Dubai in Business

Airline FlyDubai
Flight FZ1782
Class Business
Seat 2E
Aircraft Boeing 737 MAX 8
Flight time 06:20
Take-off 12 Nov 21, 21:55
Arrival at 13 Nov 21, 07:15
FZ 24 reviews
Flight-Report
By GOLD 1437
Published on 6th January 2022

Launched in 2009 as a low-cost carrier, flydubai has evolved its product offering over the years to its current hybrid model, placing the Dubai-based airline somewhere between a traditional full-service carrier and a low-cost carrier. flydubai's move up-market is most evident in its choice of cabin configurations for the Boeing 737 MAX fleet, which features a long-haul style Economy cabin with seat-back entertainment screens and power and the new flagship Business class product with fully flat seats. 

As Emirates' "little sister," flydubai operates to mostly smaller secondary destinations, where Emirates' larger wide-bodies may be too much aircraft for the demand. 

Recently, Flight-Report was able to test the flydubai Boeing 737 MAX 8 from Prague. Let's have a look!     


Routing

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Non-Schengen flights operate from Terminal 1 at Prague's Václav Havel Airport. 


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check-in


The flydubai ticket counters open 3 hours before scheduled departure with a clearly marked priority lane for Business class passengers. 


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Screens above the ticketing desks alternate different promotional and destination images.  


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After verification of Covid testing requirements for the UAE, boarding passes and lounge invitations are given by the check-in agent.  


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Coming out of the passport checkpoint, there is  a duty free zone, as with many airports.  


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mastercard lounge


Business class passengers on flydubai have access to the Mastercard lounge located on the upper level. 


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The lounge is spacious and has a simple modern style with a dedicated computer/Business area, plenty of tables and seating and good views of the tarmac.  



The food offering includes chips, popcorn, pretzels, finger sandwiches, crudités, charcuteries, breads, chicken schnitzel, and soup. 



There are also plentiful soft drinks and hot beverages available, as well as beers, wines, and spirits.  
 



A sample of the offering. 


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Heading to the gate many shops were noticeably closed as it was later in the evening.


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The Dubai flight is one of the latest departing flights. 


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Here's the first look at our 737 MAX 8 for the evening–registered as A6-MAX, it was the first 737 MAX delivered to flydubai back in August 2017. 


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Since then, the airline has receive 17 737 MAX 8s and 3 737 MAX 9s.


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Security checkpoints in Terminal 1 are located by the gates. 


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There is a clearly marked fast track lane for business class passengers.


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boarding


Boarding begins in a timely and orderly manner.


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.First to board are Business class passengers, along with Silver, Gold and Platinum members of the Skywards programme.  


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The soft hue of mood-lighting, a feature of the MAX's Boeing Sky Interior, can be seem as we approach the aircraft.  


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The Boeing 737 MAX can be identified by it large engines and AT (Advance Technology) winglets.  


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The Business class cabin is laid out in a staggered configuration with alternating rows of 1-1 and 2-2 seating, a rare and spacious layout for a narrow-body aircraft, much less on a 737. 


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The spacious yet intimate cabin is composed of only 10 seats. 


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The highly-desired solo "throne" seats are located in row 2.


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A pillow and blanket are available at each seat for this night flight. 


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…along with a water bottle and noise-cancelling headset. 


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The solo throne seats natually have more storage with space in the consoles on either side of the seat.  


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The entertainment system remote is found under the side armrest next to the seat controls. 


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110v Universal power outlets are available at each seat. 


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The foot-well


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The side console on the window side offers yet more storage with a convenient place for shoes. 


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Individual in-flight entertainment screens measure 15.6" (38 cm) 


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Lights are lowered for takeoff with a soft blue lighting bathing the cabin.


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in flight


Flight time between Prague and Dubai is just shy of 6 hours. 


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A brighter, yet still soft, mood-lighting comes on for the meal service. 


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The seat in a relaxation position. 


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The evening service begins with a hot towel. 


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Food & wine menus were previously distributed during boarding. 


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The menus were in multiple languages.

Here is a look at the beverage selection.  


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 A choice of salted nuts or a sweet mix are offered with the apéritif drink service. 


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The champagne served on today's flight is a Duval-Leroy Brut Reserve NV


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The food menu with a choice from 3 main dish options. 


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For this short overnight flight, the meal is served on one tray with covers intact per standard Covid-era health protocols. 


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Warm bread.


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TO START
RED CABBAGE COLESLAW
Mixture of red and white cabbage blended with a vinaigrette dressing


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YOUR CHOICE
PRAWN RAVIOLI
Hand-made prawn ravioli served in a tomato-based cream sauce and topped with a parmesan crumble 


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TO FINISH
LEMON MOUSSE CAKE
A zesty lemon-flavoured mousse topped with caramelised lemon zest. 


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While the appetiser and dessert were on the basic side, the main dish of prawn ravioli was quite good.  


rest


Thanks to the express meal service on this short flight, there's still time to catch some sleep.

Here is the seat in full bed mode.  


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The seats lay completely flat. 


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After about 4 hours of sleep, the first rays of sunlight peek above the clouds. 


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We begin the descent somewhere over Iran.


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While there is no pre-arrival meal service on such a short flight, coffee, tea, juices, and other beverages are offered prior to landing in Dubai.


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Cabin crew distribute immigration fast track invitation cards to all business class passengers prior to landing.  


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approach and arrival


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Approaching against the wind to Runway 30L


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IFE screens display the flydubai logo towards the end of the flight.


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Another flydubai 737 MAX 8 spotted during taxi to the gate. 


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We parked at a remote stand at Terminal 1 and were deplaned by bus to reach the terminal building. 


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Many thanks to the crew for offering a quick visit to the flight deck! The screen size is the most obvious difference with a 737NG cockpit. 


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From our remote stand at Terminal 1 we arrived to Terminal 3. Though the bussing process was a bit long, much time was saved with the immigration fast track lane. 


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PRACTICAL INFORMATION

flydubai currently operate a fleet of 33 Boeing 737-800, 17 Boeing 737 MAX 8, and 3 Boeing 737 MAX 9.
The airline plans on continuing growth with an additional 49 MAX 8, 69 MAX 9, and 50 MAX 10 on order. 

flydubai's 737 MAX 8 aircraft are configured with 10 fully-flat Business class seats and 156 seats in the Economy cabin.

Flydubai currently serves the following markets from Dubai, some in parallel with big sister Emirates Airline:
Abha, Addis Ababa, Ahmedabad, Ahvaz, Alexandria, Al Jawf, Almaty, Amman, Ankara, Ashgabat, Asmara, Baghdad, Bahrain, Baku, Basra, Beirut, Belgrade, Bangalore, Bishkek, Bratislava, Bucharest, Budapest, Catania, Chennai, Chittagong, Cluj-Napoca, Colombo, Dammam, Dar es Salaam, Delhi, Dhaka, Djibouti, Doha, Dushanbe, Entebbe, Erbil, Faisalabad, Gassim, Grozny, Ha'il, Hargeisa, Helsinki, Hofuf, Hyderabad, Isfahan, Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen, Jeddah, Jizan, Juba, Karachi, Kathmandu, Khartoum, Kilimanjaro, Kochi, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Krabi, Kraków, Krasnodar, Kuwait City, Kyiv–Boryspil, Lar, Ljubljana, Lucknow, Malé, Malta, Mashhad, Medina, Minsk, Moscow–Vnukovo, Moscow–Zhukovsky, Multan, Mumbai, Muscat, Najaf, Naples, Novosibirsk, Nur-Sultan, Odessa, Perm, Port Sudan, Prague, Quetta, Riyadh, Salalah, Salzburg, Sarajevo, Sharm El Sheikh, Shiraz, Shymkent, Sialkot, Skopje, Sochi, Sofia, Sohag, Sohar, Sulaimaniyah, Tabuk, Ta'if, Tashkent, Tbilisi, Tehran, Tel Aviv, Tirana, Warsaw, Yangon, Yekaterinburg, Yerevan, Zagreb, and Zanzibar.


Flight taken and reported by Flavien for Flight-Report as a guest of flydubai (Translated from original French by KévinDC).

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Conclusion

Despite its roots as a low-cost carrier, flydubai offers a solid premium experience with the introduction of Business class on the 737 MAX.

The long-haul style cabin is spacious and comfortable for a 737. The alternating rows of 2-2 and 1-1 seating allow both solo travellers and those travelling in groups to find suitable seating.

THE POSITIVES :
- A complete premium ground experience from priority check-in, to fast-track immigration/security access, to lounge access
- Spacious fully-flat bed, including solo seats, rare on 737s
- Friendly and efficient cabin crew, regularly checking in with passengers
- Reasonably good selection of soft drinks, wines, and spirits
- Good-quality IFE screen with large library of on-demand content, with noise-cancelling headphones
- Quick boarding and deplaning on smaller aircraft

THE NEGATIVES :
- No pre-departure beverage service (Covid-policy)
- Small pillow and no amenity kit for a night flight
- Ads prior to launching any movies on the IFE system.
- Remote parking with slow transfer to terminal by bus in Dubai

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    ThomasDutch SILVER 553 Comments

    An impressive J product for a narrow body with some flaws I must say. I'd wonder how they'd perform during post-pandemic service in J class in their MAX's without these protocols whether it will improve or remain to it's current procedure. Thanks for reporting this interesting read!

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