With international air travel yet to pick up, Gulf Air is in discussions with Airbus and Boeing to delay delivery of some of the aircraft that it has on order.
Waleed Abdulhameed Al Alawi, acting CEO of Bahrain’s national carrier, told Reuters that discussions are on with Airbus to push back most of the A320neo deliveries until 2022. The airline however expects to receive at least three A321neos this year.
According to the acting CEO, the carrier is also negotiating a new delivery schedule with Boeing for five 787-9 Dreamliners. The carrier will take delivery of some of the aircraft on order this year.
Domestic travel has picked up in many places, but the trend does not benefit Gulf Air as international borders remain closed. Al Alawi is confident that the airline will be able to restore a full network by the end of 2023.
“We are very optimistic that things will improve and that we will be utilizing most of our fleet from now until the end of the year. We think we will weather the storm and will come out of the situation strong. We are very positive. It is only a question of time but for sure we will remain in the market.”
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