Gulf Air completes first phase of fleet renewal

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Middle Eastern carrier Gulf Air has taken delivery of two more new Airbus A320s, completing the first phase of its fleet-renewal programme.

The Bahrain-based airline has introduced 14 new aircraft in the last 14 months, although it is still working on adjusting its long-haul order backlog.

Gulf Air chief Samer Majali says that more than 40% of the fleet is new as a result of the changes, adding that the fleet modernisation is a "core component" of the company's strategy to create a commercially-sustainable business.

"Having a new, more efficient fleet means we can deliver a better service to our customers and at the same time we can lower our costs," he says.

"Our fleet renewal strategy will continue in 2011 and we will continue to receive more aircraft during 2011 and after."