Gulf Air grows fleet with Airbus' widest narrowbody

Bahrain's national carrier is the first in the Middle East to take in the A320neo, Airbus' newest and widest single aisle aircraft yet
Gulf Air grows fleet with Airbus' widest narrowbody
Gulf Air passengers will soon be able to experience Airbus’ newest single aircraft yet after the carrier took induct the A320neo into its fleet yesterday.
By Shayan Shakeel
Sun 19 Aug 2018 05:21 PM

Gulf Air passengers will soon be able to experience Airbus’ newest single aircraft yet after the carrier took induct the A320neo into its fleet yesterday.

Listed at $110.6 million per jet, the A320neo features the widest cabins among single aisle aircraft on the market. Bahrain’s national carrier placed an order for 12 of the aircraft at the 2016 Bahrain International Airshow.

Gulf Air was also the first aircraft in the Middle East to take in the original A320 in 1992.

With the new engine option, the aircraft, flown primarily on shorthaul flights lasting approximately four to six hours, will deliver an estimated 15 percent reduction in fuel burnt per seat, 5,000 tonnes fewer CO2 emissions per aircraft per year, and a nearly 50 percent reduction in noise footprint compared to previous generation of the aircraft.

Routes on which the aircraft will fly could include Gulf Air’s network of 10 regional cities on which CEO Krešimir Kučko said the A320neo “will strengthen our position.”

“A peak travel period is upon us and I feel glad to receive this aircraft right before Eid break as people travel for holiday. This is a great milestone for Gulf Air,” he said.

The A320neo joins other Gulf Air has received recently including three new Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner aircraft. By the end of 2023, the carrier’s fleet development will see 39 new aircraft including 10 Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner, 12 Airbus A320neo and 17 Airbus A321neo aircraft.

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