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PICTURE: Boeing delivers first 787-9 to Gulf Air

Bahrain-based Gulf Air received on 26 April the first of 10 Boeing 787-9s that will enter its fleet.

The delivery of the 282-seater furthers a strategy to “maintain one of the youngest fleets in the region”, says Gulf Air chief executive Krešimir Kucko.

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The airline plans to introduce the 787-9 on 15 June on a twice-daily service between Bahrain and London Heathrow.

The carrier has ordered 16 787-9s in total, but now plans to take delivery of only 10.

Gulf Air selected the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine to power the jet.

The official delivery came more than two weeks weeks after the first Gulf Air 787-9 was sent on a “special mission”, staging a fly-over of the 2018 Bahrain Grand Prix Formula 1 race on 9 April.

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