Gulf Air signed a lease agreement with Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) on November 12 to get five Boeing 787-9s. The aircraft are expected next year and will facilitate the fleet to service future new routes and further develop the network of the carrier.
“Our agreement with Dubai Aerospace Enterprise sees Gulf Air gear up for a landmark moment in our history as we welcome five Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners in the coming months,” said Gulf Air CEO Waleed Abdulhameed. “The incoming aircraft represent an important step in our strategic direction toward furthering Gulf Air’s fleet modernization process, enhancing passenger comfort and broadening our network as we look to strengthen our presence across the globe.”
Currently, the Bahraini carrier operates a fleet of 28 Airbus A320s and A330s and serves 42 cities. It also holds orders for 39 new Boeing and Airbus jets scheduled to start arriving in 2018.
Firoz Tarapore, DAE Chief Executive Officer, expressed the company’s happiness to work with Gulf airlines and assist them in their fleet growth. He also emphasized that it is a sign that DAE can work successfully with various customers having different requirements.