Muharraq, Bahrain - Bahrain's flag carrier Gulf Air has taken delivery of its seventh Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The aircraft came with a retro look in honor of the airline's 70th anniversary.
The livery of the new Dreamliner is inspired by the corporate color scheme of the 70s.
The airline was founded in 1949 as Gulf Aviation and the majority stake of the company was owned by the British Airways' predecessor BOAC. In 1973, the governments of Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Qatar took over the shares from the British company, and the carrier acted as the flag carrier of four Gulf states.
On May 5, 2005, the government of Bahrain claimed the full ownership of the carrier and Gulf Air became the national airline of Bahrain in 2006 after the other three Gulf states withdrew from the company.
Gulf Air's new, retro-style Dreamliner will enter into service at the end of October.
The operator expects to receive three more Boeing 787-9 by the end of 2021.