Toulouse - On August 18, Gulf Air took delivery of its first Airbus A320neo. The aircraft received a water cannon salute upon the arrival at Bahrain International Airport the same day.
It is first of the 12 A320neo ordered by the carrier during the Bahrain International Airshow in 2016. With this delivery, Gulf Air becomes the first national airline operator to operate the A320neo in the Middle East and Africa.
The A320neo of Bahrain's national carrier is equipped with LEAP-1A engines from CFM International. Having the broadest cabin compared to other single-aisle models, it is the most fuel-efficient narrowbody aircraft in the market thanks to the numerous technical and aerodynamic improvements including wingtip devices known as Sharklets.
We are delighted to welcome the airline’s newest aircraft and proud to be the first national carrier in the region to operate the A320neo. The history is repeating itself, as we were the first in the region to receive the A320 aircraft in 1992,said Gulf Air CEO Mr. Krešimir Kučko.
We have a strong network in the region with multiple daily flights to 10 regional cities and the addition of A320neo into our fleet will strengthen our position in our market,he added.
At the beginning of this year, Gulf Air took delivery of three Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner as the airline proceeds its fleet expansion project. The Gulf carrier will receive a total of 39 new aircraft by the end of 2023 - ten Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner, 12 Airbus A320neo, and 17 Airbus A321neo.
As of today, Gulf Air Gulf serves 49 cities in 26 countries across the Indian Subcontinent and Europe as well as the Gulf and MENA region.