Gulf Air has signed an agreement with Indian carrier Jet Airways to lease four new Boeing 777 aircraft as a part of its re-fleeting and product enhancement strategy, the Bahrain-based airline said yesterday.
While three of the new aircraft will join the airline's fleet in March this year, the fourth one will join in May.
Gulf Air, which already has two Airbus A330 aircraft on short-term wet-lease from Jet Airways, said the new leased aircraft will be deployed on a number of routes including London, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and intra-Gulf routes, gradually replacing the Airbus A340s.
"The introduction of these four aircraft is another important step in our strategic direction towards re-fleeting, enhancing our product and strengthening our presence as the carrier of choice in the Middle East and beyond," said Bjorn Naf, Gulf Air's Chief Executive Officer.
The wide body Boeing 777-300ER is the largest long-range twin-engine commercial airplane, bringing twin-engine efficiency and reliability to the long-range market.
With the current fleet of 29 aircraft, Gulf Air's route network stretches from Europe to Asia, covering 42 cities in 27 countries.