The Dubai state-owned airline is one of the world’s biggest MAX customers, though only operated around 14 of the jets when they were grounded in March 2019.
However, its fleet size shrank by more than a quarter to 45 jets last year as it retired older aircraft and new MAX jets were also grounded.
“We have had to manage a number of unprecedented issues faced by the aviation industry,” Chief Executive Ghaith al-Ghaith said in a statement on Wednesday.
The airline has reached a confidential interim settlement deal with Boeing (BA.N) over the grounding, and is in further talks over the impact of the grounding, he said.
“This agreement has contributed towards this year’s results, but in no way can it compensate for the loss of business opportunity or market share experienced by the airline.”
Revenue dipped 2.6% to 6 billion dirhams, while direct operating costs fell 17.8%, it said.
“The preparation for this year’s outlook statement is challenging given the uncertainty around the timetable for the return to service of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft and the subsequent aircraft delivery schedule,” Ghaith said.
Flydubai leased some previous model 737 jets in the interim.