Gulf Air inducts new A320 into fleet.(Dateline: Manama )
Bahrain national carrier Gulf Air on Sunday Sunday: see Sabbath; week. inducted the first of 15 new 'fuel efficient' Airbus A320 aircraft into the fleet thus marking the start of its re-fleeting programme.
The aircraft was officially welcomed with 'water salute' at Bahrain International Airport Bahrain International Airport (IATA: BAH, ICAO: OBBI) (Arabic: مطار البحرين الدولي; transliterated: Matar al-Bahrayn ad-Dowaly) is an airport located on Al by Gulf Air chairman, Talal Al Zain and chief executive officer Samer Majali Samer Majali (Arabic: سامر المجالي) is a Jordanian businessman. He is the current President and CEO of Royal Jordanian airlines, where his career began in 1979.
He attended Dean Close School in England. .
'This is a proud moment for Gulf Air as we take another step forward in our mission to deliver a national airline that we can all be proud of and a dynamic and focused business that supports the national economy. By investing in our fleet now, we are securing the future of Gulf Air,' said Al Zain.
Powered by CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute) The measurement of air flow. Cooling fans are rated in CFM. 56 engines, the new A320 aircraft can carry 136 passengers in a two class configuration with 16 business class and 120 economy class seats.
'With a modern, more efficient fleet we can lower our costs and at the same time deliver a better service to our customers,' he remarked.
Majali said, "These are exciting times for Gulf Air. The start of our fleet renewal is another milestone for us and is extremely timely as we continue to shape our new strategic direction.'
On the future plans, Majali said, the airline aimed to re-fleet itself over the next five years to further boost its presence in the region.
'From now until April 2010, Gulf Air will receive an A320 aircraft per month and an additional two A320s in December 2010, completing the delivery of its first batch of A320 aircraft on order,' he stated.
'This new A320 aircraft together with the nine others that will follow between now and the end of 2010 will be used to replace our older narrow body aircraft which are less fuel efficient and becoming more expensive to maintain,' he pointed out.
Majali said the new fleet would be used to expand the airline's Middle East network especially on strategic and high yielding routes such as Iraq.
The national carrier, which has 13 narrow-body aircraft Noun 1. narrow-body aircraft - a commercial airliner with a single aisle
narrow-body, narrowbody aircraft
airliner - a commercial airplane that carries passengers (nine A320s; two A319s; and two A321s) plans to phase in 10 new A320s by end of next year and phase out five narrow-body planes.
John Leahy John Leahy (born August 1950) was appointed Chief Operating Officer at Airbus in July 2005. Leahy continues as Airbus' Chief Commercial Officer, a role he has held since August 1994. He is a member of the Airbus main board of management. , Airbus chief operating officer Chief Operating Officer (COO)
The officer of a firm responsible for day-to-day management, usually the president or an executive vice-president. , Customers said: 'The A320 is already the world's most modern and popular single aisle aircraft flying today and it keeps getting better. It has one of the widest cabins available for single-aisle jetliners creating a feeling of space onboard Refers to a chip or other hardware component that is directly attached to the printed circuit board (motherboard). Contrast with offboard. See inboard. and adding to the levels of comfort for passengers.'- TradeArabia News Service
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