Gulf Air has taken delivery of an A321neoLR from the Airbus delivery centre in Hamburg, Germany. The aircraft is distinctive, bearing the 70th anniversary Golden Falcon livery which combines vintage elements of the Bahraini flag carrier’s designs from the last century with a revamped look. The aircraft, powered by CFM LEAP-1A engines, will operate long-haul European routes as well as a selection of GCC destinations.
The aircraft is the second of 17 A321neo aircraft that airline has on order, which includes eight fitted with flat-bed business class seats. Gulf Air was the first airline in the Middle East to introduce fully flat-beds on this aircraft type.
The A321neoLR premieres 16 new flat-bed Falcon Gold seats and 150 economy class seats, all equipped with Thales Avant IFE systems, complemented by inflight connectivity.
Commenting on the delivery, H.E. Zayed R. Alzayani, chairman of Gulf Air said, “This addition will strengthen our position in the medium- to long-haul markets as it represents an upgraded product to offer best-in-class service to our passengers. The relationship that we have with Airbus is very strong and we continue to work closely with them to further develop our fleet and products to ensure the highest levels of customer satisfaction”.