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.

Gulf Air 787 delivery

Gulf Air

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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