The strategy of Mid-East carriers to convert their region into a global aviation hub is moving apace with Bahrain-headquartered Gulf Air announcing the launch of two new destinations from its hub in Bahrain. This brings the number of new destinations launched in 2011 to eight and the move to consolidate the regional position as a gateway to European, African and Asian continents continues.
A four days-a-week service to Copenhagen will commence 1 July and a similar four days-a -week service to Nairobi will commence 5 July.
The BAH-CPH route will operate a Boeing 737, while the BAH-NBO service will use an Airbus A320.
GF will also increase the frequency of its recently launched service to Milan Malpensa from four to six flights per week from 1July, and increase capacity by upgrading the aircraft from a 737 to a new A320.
Last month, the carrier confirmed it completed the sale and leaseback of two A320-200s with Standard Chartered Bank. They are now on eight-year operating leases by Pembroke Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Standard Chartered Plc.
The aircraft were delivered to Gulf Air recently.