National carrier says to launch eight new routes this year as it takes delivery of new aircraft
Bahrain's Gulf Air has unveiled plans to add eight new destinations to its global network this year as it takes delivery of new aircraft and gets ready to roll out a new brand identity.
The airline said frequency changes to key routes in 2018 will increase its flights during the peak summer period by 200 more weekly flights compared to 2017.
In India, its current operations to Delhi, Chennai, Kochi, Mumbai, Trivandrum and Hyderabad, will be enhanced by flights to Bangalore and Calicut.
Gulf Air will also commence flights to the Saudi cities of Abha and Tubuk while its Cairo operations will be supplemented by flights to Alexandria and Sharm El Shaikh in Egypt.
The airline will also launch operations to Baku in Azerbaijan and to Casablanca in Morocco.
The expansion comes as Gulf Air prepares to start taking delivery of 39 new Boeing and Airbus aircraft.
A total of 7 new aircraft, 5 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and 2 Airbus A320neo aircraft, will enter the airline’s fleet before the end of the year.
Zayed Bin Rashid Alzayani, chairman, said: Gulf Air’s new corporate strategy includes expansion plans and is geared towards elevating the passenger experience, promoting Bahrain’s tourism economy and bolstering the kingdom’s aviation, transport, tourism and business infrastructures and the aviation industry as a whole.”
Gulf Air CEO Krešimir Kucko added: “Our new state of the art fleet and best in class products and service will pave the way for Gulf Air’s growth and expansion. This will have a positive impact on the entire kingdom of Bahrain.”
Gulf Air recently carried out a strategic assessment of its business. This included looking into how the airline can best develop its network, fleet, product, workforce and customers, he said.
Kucko also revealed plans to rollout a new brand identity very soon to represent the “Gulf Air of tomorrow”.
By 2023 Gulf Air’s reach will have expanded to over 60 destinations, he added.