Bahrain's Gulf Air planning to resume US flights within three years - CEO

Bahraini national carrier is over a year into its ongoing five-year corporate strategy
Bahrain's Gulf Air planning to resume US flights within three years - CEO
Gulf Air is in talks with Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways to deepen an existing codeshare agreement.
By Shane McGinley
Sun 05 May 2019 08:01 AM

Bahrain’s Gulf Air is hoping to resume flights to the United States within the next three years, according to the national carrier’s chief executive officer.

“We will be operating in the coming years more in Europe and also the Far East. Hopefully, in the coming two, maximum three years, we would be able to open flights to the US,” Kresimir Kucko told Arabian Business’ sister website Aviation Business.

Gulf Air currently serves 47 cities in 26 countries. It previously operated direct flights to to New York and Houston, and now codeshares with American Airlines for services to the US.

The Manama-based carrier is over a year into its ongoing five-year corporate strategy. This week, it signed a number of agreements with French-based companies including a $1 billion deal for engines.

They included a deal between Gulf Air and CFM International for the purchase of 65 LEAP-1A engines to power 17 Airbus A320 neo and 12 A321neo aircraft. The engine order is valued at about $1 billion at list price.

It was also revealed at Arabian Travel Market in Dubai that Gulf Air is in talks with Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways to deepen an existing codeshare agreement.

“The scope of a partnership with Etihad can include domains in which we might find strengths," Vincent Coste, Gulf Air’s chief commercial officer, told Bloomberg.

Read the full interview with Kresimir Kucko here.

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