Gulf Air is implementing the next stage of its three-year recovery plan, with the issuing of a request for proposals to regional jet manufacturers.

Speaking to Flight International's sister online service Air Transport Intelligence at last week's Arab Air Carriers Organisation conference in Muscat, Oman, Gulf Air chief executive James Hogan said: "Later this month we will probably issue a formal request for proposals."

The trinational airline's smallest aircraft is the Airbus A320, and the addition of regional jets is part of its drive to boost efficiency on short-haul routes and increase frequencies. Hogan aims to recommend a decision to the Gulf Air board next year. Gulf Air's next priority is to decide on a global alliance, which Hogan expects to announce by February.

Source: Flight International