Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Gulf Air

Gulf Air has finally revealed many changes to its Summer 2008 schedule which will see its entire fleet of aging Boeing 767-300ERs being retired in favour of dry leased Airbus A 321-200s and B 737-800s. In addition, many destinations witness capacity and frequency changes. The main highlights are as follows :

SYZ - increased from 3 weekly A 320s to daily effective June 16th.

MHD - increased from 3 weekly A 320s to daily effective June 16th.

PEW - capacity reduced from 2 weekly B 763ERs to 2 weekly A 321s.

BOM - capacity increased from June 16th to 12 weekly A 321s + daily A 332 + 2 weekly A 343.

LHR - 3 daily A 332s

DXB - from June 16th, daily A 332 + daily A 321 + triple daily B 738 + triple daily A 320.

TRV - capacity reduced from daily B 763ER to daily A 321.

KUL - daily flights between June-Sept only flown by A 343s to cater for summer season peak traffic.

ATH - reduced from 5 weekly B 763ERs to 3 weekly A 320s.

LCA - increased from 3 to 5 weekly A 320s.

BEY - increased from 9 to 12 weekly A 320 / B 738 operated flights.

DAM - increased from 10 to 11 weekly A 320s.

AMM - increased from 10 to 12 weekly A 320s.

KRT - increased from 6 weekly A 320s to daily flights.

RUH - capacity reduced to daily A 343 + daily A 321.

DOH - capacity increased to 2 weekly A 332s + 2 daily B 738s + 19 weekly A 320s

Comments :

With SYD now suspended, GF needs to suspend its loss making route to ATH. In any case, the feeder traffic obtained by GF from SYD via BAH to ATH was low yielding! GF needs to seriously re-negiotiate its bilateral agreement with Pakistan in order to increase LHE & ISB flights respectively as their presence in these 2 cities have decreased by 50% due to Oman Air taking over MCT-PAK bound flights.

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