Manama - Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, today welcomed the airline's first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The aircraft, which landed in Bahrain International Airport at approximately 1500 local time, following its delivery from the Boeing factory in the United States, will service a number of regional routes before it takes on the Bahrain - London, Heathrow route on June 15. With Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Mr. Kresimir Kucko and other airline executives on board, the Dreamliner received a water canon salute as it taxied to the terminal and was welcomed at Bahrain International Airport by a delegation of VIPs, dignitaries, government and aviation industry representatives and media members.
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. Two Dreamliner services have been announced so far this year: the Bahrain - London, Heathrow service and the Bahrain - Casablanca, Morocco service. The new incoming 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.