Gulf Air Announces Maldives as it Welcomes its Third Airbus 320neo
Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, today welcomed the airline’s third Airbus A320neo, which on October 26 will begin operating to Gulf Air’s newest destination – Male in the Maldives. This delivery is part of a major fleet development project, which will see the airline receive a total of 12 Airbus A320neo aircraft by the end of 2023.
“We are proud of this fantastic milestone as we continue with our brand promise in expanding our fleet along with our network” stated Krešimir Kucko, Chief Executive Officer at Gulf Air “With its tranquil beaches and crystal clear waters; the Maldives is a breath-taking destination that fits perfectly in our new boutique strategy where we cater to the premium traveller seeking a tropical holiday wrapped in luxury, endorsed by our excellent connectivity through Bahrain International Airport”
Gulf Air will operate 5 weekly non-stop flights from Bahrain International Airport, departing at 2320 and landing at 0625 local time and then an onward journey to Colombo at 0725, landing at 0925. The return flight begins in Colombo at 1655, arrival in Male at 1755 and departing to the Kingdom of Bahrain at 1855, landing at 2205.
Gulf Air’s A320neo is the most advanced and fuel-efficient version of the single-aisle A320 aircraft family. Featuring the widest single aisle cabin in the market, the new aircraft is equipped with LEAP-1A engines from CFM International and feature large wingtip devices known as Sharklets. The A320neo is also more eco-friendly with 5,000 tonnes less CO2 emissions per year per aircraft, and nearly 50 percent reduction in noise footprint compared to previous generation aircraft.