National carrier of Bahrain, Gulf Air has placed a firm order with Airbus for 35 aircraft. The order comprises 15 A320 single aisle aircraft and 20 A330-300s. The contract was signed by Björn Näf, Gulf Air CEO, and Tom Enders, Airbus President and CEO, at the Berlin Air show.
Gulf Air already operates 10 A320s, six A330-200s and nine A340-300s. The new order will more than double the number of Airbus aircraft in their fleet.
?Gulf Air is taking huge strides forward in its strategy to re-fleet and expand its network and this contract is a significant milestone in this direction as we aim to become the airline of choice and the pearl of the Gulf,? says Mr. Näf. ?Expanding our fleet with Airbus will ensure a smooth introduction of the new aircraft into our existing fleet with the best operating economics in their class and our customers will appreciate the high levels of passenger room and comfort.?
The A320 will serve Gulf Air?s regional destinations, while the A330 will operate on the airline?s European routes and enhance its Far Eastern services.
Gulf Air launched services in 1950 and is one of the Middle East?s major international carriers serving over 40 destinations worldwide.
?Gulf Air is undergoing a rapid expansion and Airbus is delighted to partner the airline in their ambitions. It is a mark of the quality of our aircraft that Gulf Air has chosen aircraft from two of our Families of products. These aircraft not only offer unbeatable economics, but in today?s world where green issues are a concern, Gulf Air has chosen the world?s most fuel efficient and productive aircraft on the market?, said Tom Enders, Airbus President and CEO.
Over 6,100 Airbus A320 Family aircraft have been sold and over 3,400 delivered to more than 275 customers and operators worldwide, making it the worlds best selling commercial jetliner ever.
With a true wide-body fuselage allowing very high comfort standards, the A330 and A340 aircraft family is able to accommodate seat and class configurations to suit the diverse customer requirements. It has a range of up to 5,650 nm / 10,500 km with a full passenger load. Highly efficient and optimized for the medium - to extended range market, the A330-300 offers the best balance between range and cost. The A330-300 remains the most economic means of flying 300 or so passengers on medium range routes in true long haul comfort.
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