Celebrating success, during the first six months of 2019, Gulf Air achieved a higher seat load factor and number of carried passengers than in the corresponding period last year.
The results complement the introduction of the Bahraini carrier’s boutique strategy, unveiled in January 2019, which focuses on catering to a more premium niche market.
The growth of capacity and the increase of destinations, frequencies and fleet has brought forth great half-year results, with a 77.4 per cent seat load factor and a record 3.2 million passengers, in comparison to a 74.3 per cent seat load factor and 2.6 million passengers in H1 of 2018.
Thrilled with the results, CEO, Gulf Air, Krešimir Kučko said: “We are extremely proud to report that the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain achieved outstanding results for the first half of 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. With greater capacity and number of seats, it was challenging to hit greater seat load factors, however, we managed to achieve this goal.
“Our passengers are proving to be more loyal and we see returning customers since the launch of our new fleet products – the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and the Airbus 320neo,” he added.
At the beginning of summer 2019, Gulf Air introduced flights to new seasonal destinations, including Malaga in Spain and Salalah in Oman. The carrier also launched flights to other popular destinations with the aim of catering to corporate and premium leisure travellers.
During H1, the airline received its third A320neo aircraft and announced its plan to fly to Male in the Maldives, with flights scheduled to begin this October.
Gulf Air is due to take delivery of its seventh Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner this year and plans on receiving 39 additional aircraft in the near future to form a fleet of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, Airbus A320neos and Airbus A321neos.