Boeing has successfully delivered the first 787 Dreamliner to Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain. The new aircraft is the first of four expected to be delivered in 2018.
Gulf Air is expected to initially deploy the 787 on its twice-daily service between Bahrain and London Heathrow. Following its successful utilisation on the route, the new aircraft will be re-tasked to handle other long-haul flights.
The national carrier has also revealed that the latest addition to its fleet will sport the airline’s new livery.
Kresimir Kucko, CEO, Gulf Air, said: “This delivery is a historic moment for Gulf Air and Bahrain and yet another important step in our strategic direction towards furthering Gulf Air’s fleet modernization process and supporting our network and overall passenger experience enhancement strategies.
“The 787-9 Dreamliner orders will ensure we maintain one of the youngest fleets in the region while building upon our award-winning reliability, on-time performance and product and service standards,” added Kucko.
Since deliveries of the 787 began back in 2011, Boeing has successfully delivered 670 Dreamliner aircraft. To date, the aircraft has flown more than 240 million passengers, and as a result of its high-level of efficiency saved over 23 billion pounds of fuel.
Marty Bentrott, vice president, Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, for Middle East, Turkey, Russia, Central Asia and Africa, said: “Gulf Air joins the growing number of airlines operating the 787 Dreamliner across the Middle East.
“The demand for the Dreamliner underlines the operational efficiency and travel experience that the aeroplane brings to the airline and its passengers.”