MIDDLE EAST: Two dozen 787s for Gulf Air

Boeing and Bahrain’s national carrier Gulf Air recently finalised negotiations for up to 24 Boeing 787 Dreamliners in a deal that is worth nearly US$3.9 billion. Th e deal includes 16 firm orders for B787s with purchase options for eight additional B787s. Meanwhile, Gulf Air is set to introduce a non-stop Shanghai service as part […]


Boeing and Bahrain’s national carrier Gulf Air recently finalised negotiations for up to 24 Boeing 787 Dreamliners in a deal that is worth nearly US$3.9 billion.

Th e deal includes 16 firm orders for B787s with purchase options for eight additional B787s. Meanwhile, Gulf Air is set to introduce a non-stop Shanghai service as part of the airline’s growth strategy.

The four-times-a-week service will commence on 16 June and will be operated using an Airbus A340-300. Th e service will be later upgraded to daily flights during the latter part of this year.

“China is one of the fastest growing economies and for Gulf Air it is strategically important that we launch into this booming market this year,” Gulf Air chief executive Bjorn Naf said.