Manama - The first of the ten Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner ordered by the Gulf Air has been presented with its new livery during the Grand Prix of Formula 1 of Bahrain.

The Dreamliner of the Bahraini national airline made a demonstration flight during the Bahrain Formula 1 before offering visitors a glimpse of its cabin. Gulf Air will officially take possession of its first Dreamliner on April 27.

The new 787-9 will be configured to accommodate 26 passengers in Business Class and 256 in Economy. The first two aircraft will be deployed between Gulf Air's base in Manama and London Heathrow Airport from 15 June.

Five 787-9 will be delivered by the end of 2018, and two more in 2019. The last three aircraft will arrive by the end of 2020. Their deployment marks the beginning of Gulf Air's fleet renewal.

The Gulf carrier has also put six options on the Dreamliner and ordered twelve Airbus A320neo and seventeen Airbus A321neo.

As the official sponsor of the Bahrain Grand Prix since its inception in 2004, it is appropriate to use this platform to unveil our new Gulf Air livery and our new brand. The reactions of the public have been extremely positive,
said Gulf Air CEO Kresimir Kucko.

A few weeks before the official delivery of the first 787-9, it was a historic moment for Gulf Air and Bahrain, and an important step in our strategic direction to continue the process of modernizing the fleet and supporting our network and passenger experience improvement strategies,
he added.

On the network side, a major expansion is also in the Gulf Air's agenda as new aircraft are delivered. Gulf Air is planning to operate 200 more flights per week than last summer. In 2018, Gulf Air will serve 49 cities in 26 countries.