A second Airbus A320neo has joined Gulf Air’s fleet, representing the second of the 12 A320neo aircraft ordered during the Bahrain International Airshow in 2016.
CEO, Gulf Air, Krešimir Kučko enthused on the new addition: “We are delighted to welcome the second A320neo to our fleet and are proud to be the first national carrier in the region to operate this aircraft. We have a strong network in the region with multiple daily flights to 10 regional cities, and the addition of A320neo into our fleet will strengthen our position in our market. We invite our loyal customers to come on-board and enjoy the experience of flying on A320neo.”
Gulf Air’s A320neo (new engine option) represents the most advanced A320 aircraft so far. It boasts the widest single aisle cabin in the market; is equipped with LEAP-1A engines from CFM International; and features large wingtip devices, known as Sharklets. Together, they deliver 15 per cent fuel burn reduction per seat. This aircraft is also better for the environment, with 5,000 tonnes less CO2 emissions per year per aircraft, and a nearly 50 per cent reduction in noise, compared to previous generation aircraft.
Last year, Gulf Air received five Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner aircraft and by the end of 2023, the carrier will have a total of 39 new aircraft, including 10 Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner, 12 Airbus A320neo and 17 Airbus A321neo aircraft.