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Mon 4 Feb 2008 01:40 PM

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Bahrain Air takes off

New premium low-cost carrier arrives in Dubai.

Start-up airline Bahrain Air launched its first service to Dubai yesterday (Sunday).

The inaugural flight was greeted at Dubai International Airport with a water canon salute, which was followed by a welcoming reception where His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), and chairman of Dubai Airports, received the Bahraini delegation led by Bahrain Air managing director Ibrahim A. Al Hamer.

Bahrain Air will operate a double daily service between Bahrain and Dubai.

Flight 2B102 will depart from Dubai at 09.55 and arrive in Bahrain 10.15, while flight 2B110 will depart Dubai at 22.20 and arrive in Bahrain at 22.40.

Flights 2B101 and 2B109 will depart Bahrain at 07.00 and 19.25 and arrive in Dubai at 09.10 and 21.35 respectively.

The carrier will operate the A320 aircraft with a two-class configuration on this route.

Al Hamer said Bahrain Air aimed to set new standards in its class while tapping the huge base of passengers for AGCC and African destinations.

"Initially, the airline will cover 13 destinations and 140 flights weekly across the region," he explained.

"Bahrain Air will offer on all its routes a two-class service (business and economy) and will offer its premium class passengers, complementary snacks and refreshments as well as invitation to business class lounges at all departure airports. All Bahrain Air premium class passengers will be automatically enrolled in the airlines' Frequent Flyer Programme."

Mohammed Bin Ghannam, general manager, Airline Development Department of Aviation Unit at Dubai Airports said: "As a premium low-cost carrier, Bahrain Air is a unique addition to our list of 120 airlines serving Dubai International, and will cater to the specific needs of a large number of passengers."

He added that the new service will increase convenience for passengers while also providing a boost to regional travel and trade.

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