Gulf Air has announced that it will temporarily upgrade its aircraft to transfer football fans of Chelsea and Arsenal clubs to Baku, Azerbaijan’s Heydar Aliyev International Airport on May 29, 2019.
The airline will operate its flagship Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to allow more fans to travel and watch the big game between two English giants Arsenal and Chelsea in the final of UEFA Europa League.
With 26 seats in Falcon Gold and 256 in economy class seats, the state-of-the-art Dreamliner will be operated for the first time on the Bahrain-Baku route to cater to the increasing demand from football fans to witness the highly anticipated football match of the season.
CEO, Gulf Air, Krešimir Kučko stated: “The commercial team at Gulf Air is very responsive to events and happenings around our expanding network. When the demand forecast showed an increase, we managed to upgrade the operating aircraft on May 29 to our new Dreamliner. The B787-9 has much more capacity than the regular scheduled aircraft to Baku and we are happy to offer this opportunity to all football fans of Arsenal and Chelsea.”
The airline operates five weekly flights between Bahrain International Airport and Heydar Aliyev International Airport. Baku, as a Gulf Air destination, has shown increasing demand since it was launched in 2018.