EurostarVA From Bahrain, joined May 2002, 1296 posts, RR: 7 Posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3646 times:
This is quote from business briefs at Zawya.com:
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) - Gulf Air said Sunday it is planning to reinstate flights to the United States later this year, according to a press release issued by the airline.
The release did not say how many weekly flights it will operate and to which U.S. cities. Previously the airline flew to New York before the service was halted in 1997 for commercial reasons.
The governments of Bahrain, Oman and Dubai own Gulf Air. The states agreed in December to a 90 million dinars (US$238.7 million) cash injection for the airline, which has an estimated US$700 million debt.
The airline says it is on track to become profitable in three years.
Gulf Air's network stretches from Europe to Asia and covers 45 cities in 33 countries. It has a fleet of 30 aircraft.
KHI747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1616 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3530 times:
If that is the case, then their flights would essentially coincide or perhaps even start a bit earlier then the much awaited EK service to USA. It seems to be a move to compete head on with EK's north american service but i dont know how they will fare in this....im sure when EK would start their USA flights they would do so with a big bang...alot of adverts...new premium cabins and all....GF already has the planes it would need to fly to USA so they can beat EK in being the first to enter the market...they do however compete for essentially the same passengers to a great extent.I like GF, good luck to them..
EurostarVA From Bahrain, joined May 2002, 1296 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3445 times:
I wonder what routings they will select. I do recall their A340's were problematic with occasional unscheduled stops at Larnace on their way to New York. Anybody has any comments on the equipment they have and any chance for direct flights?
Crosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2600 posts, RR: 58
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3255 times:
As far as I remember, the stops in Larnaca were scheduled.
In an attempt to improve their New York service's viability, shortly before the route as withdrawn Gulf Air signed a cooperative agreement with Cyprus Airways whereby some services would be routed via Larnaca, and Cyprus Airways would market the LCA-JFK-LCA sectors.
Obviously it did not improve profitability enough to justify continuing the flights.
Jayhup From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 452 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3079 times:
GF used to vary it's schedule into the US. Some days it used to do BAH-JFK-IAH with the BAH-JFK being non-stop. Some days they stopped in LCA enroute to JFK and IAH. They then suspended the IAH sector and added a BAH-GVA sector in lieu of LCA. Some days the BAH-GVA-JFK was operated with a 767. They used the A340 for the BAH-JFK non stops (I think they used to use A40-LA, A40-LB and A40-LC with one of those ending up with PR).