UAE-based flydubai has entered an agreement with Boeing for the $27bn purchase of 225 737 MAX aircraft.

The contract also comprises a commitment for 175 MAX aircraft and purchase rights for 50 additional MAX jets.

The commitment features more than 50737 MAX 10 aircraft, which is the latest and biggest member of the 737 MAX aircraft family.

“We welcome the continuation of our long partnership with Boeing.”

Once finalised, the newly signed deal is expected to sustain a large chunk of direct and indirect jobs at Boeing’s US-based factories and suppliers’ networks.

flydubai chairman Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said: “We welcome the continuation of our long partnership with Boeing.

“Their airplanes have provided a foundation for the success of our business model, providing us with the operational flexibility and range to build a network of 95 destinations in 44 countries.

“Understanding the demand for travel across our network, our innovative approach to our cabin design and developing a product unique to our market has allowed us to exceed our passengers’ expectations in their flying experience.”

flydubai has so far received 63 737-800s and three 737 MAX 8 aircraft from Boeing.

Separately, Boeing has announced that Egyptair is set to acquire six 787-9 Dreamliners on lease from Ireland-based AerCap.

With the new aircraft, Egyptair intends to expand and modernise its existing fleet.