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Gulf Air Resumes US Flights

Mon Jul 28, 2003 2:43 am

This is quote from business briefs at Zawya.com:

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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.
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RE: Gulf Air Resumes US Flights

Mon Jul 28, 2003 8:58 am

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..
 
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RE: Gulf Air Resumes US Flights

Mon Jul 28, 2003 11:04 am

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?

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RE: Gulf Air Resumes US Flights

Mon Jul 28, 2003 11:16 pm

Well they have A320s, A330-200s, and A340-300s (a couple leased from Singapore Airlines). Can A340 fly nonstop Bahrain to New York for example? Malaysian flies its B777-200s Dubai-New Yrk nonstop.
 
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RE: Gulf Air Resumes US Flights

Tue Jul 29, 2003 12:29 am

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.

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RE: Gulf Air Resumes US Flights

Tue Jul 29, 2003 8:13 am

I vaguely recall an old report saying that GF was planning on standardizing on the A330 for al long haul flights. Did such a report ever come out and has that decision been reversed?

 
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RE: Gulf Air Resumes US Flights

Tue Jul 29, 2003 9:29 am

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).

Maybe this time they can make it profitable.....

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RE: Gulf Air Resumes US Flights

Tue Jul 29, 2003 10:28 am

Just what Kuwait Airways needs- another competitor to BOM/DEL!