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Bahrain’s national carrier, Gulf Air, announced restructured orders of 45 aircraft with Boeing and Airbus in deals worth a total of US$7.6bn
The orders consist of 16 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, 17 Airbus A321neo and 12 Airbus A320neo aircraft and the deliveries are to commence from Q2 2018.
The restructured orders are expected to simplify Gulf Air’s future wide-body fleet to Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and ensure its future narrow-body fleet will largely focus on A320 neo Family aircraft.
Gulf Air CEO Maher Salman Al Musallam said that the new orders are “more fuel-efficient, modernised, reliable and which, at the same time, allow Gulf Air to operate our wide and narrow-body fleet at lower operating costs”. This, he noted, was in line with their mission to put the airline firmly on a path towards long-term commercial sustainability.
“Boeing is proud that the 787 will be an integral part of the airline’s fleet strategy and the flagship for its long-haul, international operations,” said Marty Bentrott, vice-president – sales, Middle East, Russia and Central Asia, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
Airbus president and CEO Fabrice Brégier also remarked on the partnership, saying, “The A320neo Family aircrafts will provide the airline with a higher operational efficiency and profitability while its wider cabins will open a new dimension of passenger appeal.”