MANAMA: Gulf Air and Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) have signed an aircraft lease agreement for five Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft that are scheduled to enter the Gulf carrier’s fleet in 2018.
These modern, fuel-efficient planes will help Gulf Air expand its network, facilitating the long-term expansion capabilities for the airline’s future network requirement, a statement said.
“The incoming aircraft represent an important step in our strategic direction towards furthering Gulf Air’s fleet modernisation process, enhancing passenger comfort and broadening our network as we look to strengthen our presence across the globe,” said Gulf Air deputy chief executive Captain Waleed Al Alawi.
Dubai Aerospace chief executive Firoz Tarapore said the firm was pleased to support Gulf Air’s fleet strategy in 2018 as the airline looked to develop its route offering.
“Leasing these top-of-the-range aircraft underlines Dubai Aerospace Enterprise’s ability to work with customers with varying requirements and is made possible by our long-standing presence in the leasing and finance space,” he added.