H.E. Justin Siberell the U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain was recently welcomed to Gulf Air’s headquarters where he met with the national carrier’s Chief Executive Officer Mr. Krešimir Kučko and Deputy Chief Executive Officer Captain Waleed Abdulhameed Al Alawi. During the meeting, they discussed Gulf Air’s 10 new, incoming Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and long-term network expansion plans, which will see the airline reach North America by 2023.
Gulf Air’s incoming fleet of 39 new Boeing and Airbus aircraft will see by end-2018 the arrival of five Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and two Airbus A320neo aircraft. In total, Gulf Air will receive 10 Dreamliners by end-2020. Three Dreamliner services have been announced this year: the Bahrain – London, Heathrow service which will commence in June 2018, the Bahrain – Casablanca, Morocco service and the Bahrain – Bangkok, Thailand service. The state-of-the-art aircraft will facilitate the national carrier’s expansion plans, while maintaining one of the youngest fleets in the region, building upon its award-winning reliability, on time performance and product and service standards.
In 2018, following the launch of 8 new routes this year, Gulf Air’s network will serve 49 cities in 26 countries. As per the airline’s long term strategy it will expand to North America by 2023 building upon its existing presence through Gulf Air’s reciprocal codeshare agreement with American Airlines. The codeshare agreement connects Gulf Air passengers from London Heathrow, Paris and Frankfurt to: New York, Boston, Miami, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Raleigh-Durham and vice-versa and connects American Airlines passengers from London, Paris, Frankfurt to Bahrain and vice-versa.