Gulf Air, Bahrain’s national carrier, has received its first retrofitted A330 aircraft, which is newly configured for a total of 214 seats with significant enhancements across both cabins.
The revamped A330 product introduces fully-flat bed seats in the airline’s Falcon Gold Class, upgraded seats in Economy Class and a state-of-the-art in-flight-entertainment system throughout, and was designed specifically for Gulf Air, integrating features based on passenger feedback.
Gulf Air said its second retrofitted A330 is scheduled to arrive in early August while the carrier’s A330 fleet retrofit is scheduled to be completed by the last quarter of 2014.
Gulf Air’s A330 aircraft are used primarily on London and Bangkok routes, the airline said in a statement.
The refit has been realised by three key partners - Avianor, Zodiac Aerospace and BE, Gulf Air added in the statement.
All seats in Gulf Air’s upgraded A330 aircraft include an integrated Audio-Video on Demand (AVOD) feature, an individual touch screen in every seat and high quality headphones. A USB port is also available to allow passengers to easily charge electronic devices.
Gulf Air's acting CEO Maher Salman AlMusallam said: “This is an important milestone for Gulf Air as we continue to shape our new strategic direction, which sees us strive to transform and revitalise all facets of the national carrier’s operations while offering the best in class product.
"Today, we are delivering on our commitment to continually upgrade our product offering – strengthening our long haul operations with our retrofitted aircraft – in line with developments that saw us, in 2012, receive our newest narrow body aircraft (A321 and A320ER).
"This overhaul of our wide-body fleet demonstrates our ongoing commitment to offer superior products and services to our passengers and we look forward to receiving their valued feedback.”