Boeing delivers first 787 Dreamliner for Gulf Air

Boeing 787 Gulf Air Photo by Royal King

Gulf Air welcomed on April 27 the airline’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The airplane also debuts the carrier’s new livery.

Gulf Air is set to take delivery of four more Dreamliners this year. The airline plans to introduce the 787 on its twice-daily service between Bahrain and London-Heathrow (LHR) before deploying the long-range efficient jet on other routes.

Gulf Air’s incoming fleet of 39 new Boeing and Airbus aircraft will see by end-2018 the arrival of five Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and two Airbus A320neo aircraft. Two Dreamliner services have been announced so far this year: London-Heathrow (LHR) and Casablanca. The new incoming aircraft will facilitate the national carrier’s expansion plans, while maintaining one of the youngest fleets in the region.

Gulf Air’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners will offer 282 seats in a two-class configuration, with 26 Falcon Gold Class seats and 256 Economy Class seats – a 32% increase in capacity on the airline’s previous widebody offering. The industry-leading technology of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner boasts superior fuel efficiency, environmentally friendly operations and range flexibility that will facilitate Gulf Air’s planned network expansion and fleet optimisation at a lower operating cost.

— Boeing/Gulf Air