Gulf Air used yesterday's Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix to display its first Dreamliner delivery.
The Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, and title sponsor of the Bahrain Grand Prix, took advantage of the major racing event to showcase its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which also featured new Gulf Air livery.
The new fleet entry will be delivered on 27 April and serve Gulf Air’s double daily London Heathrow service, offering increased capacity and enhanced products and services, from 15 June this year.
A total of five Dreamliners will enter Gulf Air’s fleet by the end of 2018, with an additional two aircraft arriving by the end of 2019, and three by the end 2020.
This summer, Gulf Air will launch flights to new destinations including Bangalore, Alexandria, Casablanca, Baku (Azerbaijan) plus Abha and Tabuk (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia). Calicut (India) and Sharm el Shaikh also launch in June..
Gulf Air’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners will offer 282 seats in a 2-2 configuration, with 26 Falcon Gold Class seats and 256 economy-class seats.
Kresimir Kucko, Gulf Air chief executive, said: “As the proud title sponsor of the Bahrain Grand Prix since it first made history in 2004, it is fitting that we use this platform today to reveal our new Gulf Air livery and our new brand. Public reaction to witnessing the return of the Gulf Air fly-pass at the Bahrain Grand Prix and to getting an early glimpse of one of our newest incoming aircraft has been overwhelmingly positive."
This latest aircraft delivery follows Qantas's launch of a new and direct London-Perth route using a Dreamliner.